Pos­i­tiv­ity spread­ing across Chatham-Kent

Free com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion hap­pen­ing Fri­day at Capi­tol The­atre

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS - ELL­WOOD SHREVE eshreve@post­media.com

The 12 Days of Pos­i­tiv­ity have been set­ting the ta­ble for Pos­i­tiv­ity Day in C-K and lo­cal res­i­dents are in­vited to the Capi­tol The­atre on Fri­day for a com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion.

The free Pos­i­tiv­ity Day Spec­tac­u­lar will fea­ture per­for­mances by lo­cal coun­try singing sen­sa­tion Brook­lyn Roe­buck, rap­pers 1HQ, co­me­dian James Mc­Neil, along with ap­pear­ances by Capt. Pos­i­tive, Op­tiWo­man and the re­lease of the sea­son two fi­nale of the Capt. Pos­i­tive video se­ries.

The events goes from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. with doors open­ing at 5 p.m. Free french fries will also be served by the Op­ti­mist Club of Chatham.

“The re­sponse has been phe­nom­e­nal,” co-chair of Pos­i­tiv­ity Day in C-K Darrin Can­niff said of ex­pand­ing the event over a nearly two-week pe­riod.

The 12 Days of Pos­i­tiv­ity be­gan on Sept. 4, Labour Day Mon­day with Neigh­bour Day and has con­tin­ued since with spe­cific days cel­e­brat­ing ev­ery­thing from agri­cul­ture to lo­cal busi­ness.

“From the feed­back we have re­ceived, peo­ple have en­joyed ex­press­ing the pos­i­tiv­ity they feel about our com­mu­nity,” Can­niff said.

Wed­nes­day marked the cel­e­bra­tion of Ed­u­ca­tors/In­struc­tors Day with Capt. Pos­i­tive and Op­tiWo­man vis­it­ing all the ele­men­tary schools in Chatham-Kent.

Gregory Drive Pub­lic School prin­ci­pal Scott Bacik said the stu­dents at the north Chatham school were “ec­static” about hav­ing two su­per­hero char­ac­ters stop by.

He said 12 Days of Pos­i­tiv­ity have been dis­cussed since the first day of school, adding he’s heard teach­ers talk­ing to stu­dents about what it means to be pos­i­tive. “It’s con­ta­gious,” Bacik said. “I saw a class the other day talk­ing about com­pli­ments and how ran­dom acts of kind­ness can brighten some­one’s day,” he added

Pos­i­tiv­ity is em­bed­ded within the school’s cur­ricu­lum as well as over­all dis­cus­sions about over­all pos­i­tive char­ac­ter traits in­clud­ing re­spect, co-op­er­a­tion and cit­i­zen­ship, Bacik said.

Can­niff said school kids are the pri­mary tar­get of the cam­paign, be­cause if they can adopt a more pos­i­tive at­ti­tude now, it will help them through­out their life in what­ever they do.

How­ever, lo­cal busi­nesses have also been get­ting in on all the pos­i­tive vibes be­ing spread across Chatham-Kent.

Don Tay­lor, pos­i­tiv­ity co-chair at Con­ti­nen­tal in Chatham, said this is the sec­ond year the Park Av­enue East fa­cil­ity has been part of the pos­i­tiv­ity move­ment.

The op­er­a­tion is fo­cus­ing on help­ing out Chatham’s Out­reach for Hunger.

“Em­ploy­ees have been chal­lenged again this year to do­nate,” Tay­lor said.

He added, “to show how com­mit­ted Con­ti­nen­tal is to pos­i­tiv­ity, the man­age­ment team de­cided to pro­vide an ex­tra in­cen­tive to all em­ploy­ees who do­nate.”

Tay­lor said ev­ery em­ployee who do­nates a min­i­mum of $25 in food or cash will re­ceive ex­tra time off with pay.

Can­niff said Con­ti­nen­tal is just one of the great ex­am­ples of what is be­ing done by lo­cal busi­nesses as well as in­di­vid­u­als to help make Chatham-Kent a great place to live.

He en­cour­ages res­i­dents to come down to the Capi­tol The­atre on Fri­day “to show their pos­i­tive” and cel­e­brate be­ing part of such a great com­mu­nity.

PHOTOS BY ELL­WOOD SHREVE/THE DAILY NEWS

Capt. Pos­i­tive vis­ited all the ele­men­tary schools in Chatham-Kent on Wed­nes­day as part the 12 Days of Pos­i­tiv­ity in C-K that cel­e­brated ed­u­ca­tors and in­struc­tors. Here, he has fun meet­ing stu­dents from Gregory Drive Pub­lic School in Chatham.

Capt. Pos­i­tive and Op­tiWo­man stopped in for a quick visit at the Con­ti­nen­tal op­er­a­tion in Chatham on Wed­nes­day to lead em­ploy­ees in some stretches be­fore a staff meet­ing and to thank them for their sup­port dur­ing the 12 Days of Pos­i­tiv­ity in C-K.

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