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Rev Emily Twigg, 2nd right, and members of the London Road Baptist Church at Lowestoft, with Rebecca Downie, centre, Intu Chapelfield assistant marketing manager, and the perspex box to collect unwanted sports shoes for those in the community who cannot afford them. From left, Dawn West,
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Message on the Ball (MOTB) academy, which was set up by London Road Baptist Church, is asking the public to donate their unwanted sports shoes to the Reboot initiative, which will distribute them among young people in need.

A collection box will be on display at Intu Chapelfield for the next four weeks, starting in the St. Stephen’s area before moving outside Sports Direct a fortnight later.

Rev Emily Twigg, youth minister at London Road Baptist Church, said: “Young people often cannot afford suitable footwear and this scheme will enable unwanted shoes to be given back to the community. We want to make sure that everyone is able to participate,
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whatever their background.”

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Follow the footsteps of a legendary coach? Dave Rebar has no problem with that. Not to tackle his dream job.

An all state lineman at Mid Valley High School in 1990 and an assistant this season to legendary coach Frank Pazzaglia, who resigned last month, Rebar was named the head football coach of his alma mater by the Mid Valley School Board on Wednesday night.

“I’m glad to walk in his shoes,” said the 40 year old Rebar, who formerly was head coach at Riverside from 2002 05. “I couldn’t believe when Coach Pazzaglia hired me on his staff. I was honored.

“My goal was to be the coach at Mid Valley. Everything I did in my life was to come back and be the head coach at Mid Valley and prove it can be done, that you can be successful and get everything you ever want.”

Rebar takes over a Spartans program that was 4 6 this season. He was 19 24 in his four seasons at Riverside.

The ninth grade earth science teacher points at his own story as proof that anything is possible, something he wants to instill in his players.

“People said I’d never make it at Syracuse, but I did,” said Rebar,
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who received a full football scholarship as a defensive lineman to Syracuse University. “If it wasn’t for the Mid Valley kids I played with, I don’t think any of that would have happened. It was a special time and the place was packed for every game.

“What I would want for my kids to believe is that anything in front of them, academics, sports, especially academics. . If I can get a degree at Syracuse University in geology, anybody can do it. It’s time we start believing that the kids in this school district can do anything. Believe that and you can overcome any obstacle. Even if you fall. You’re not a failure until you stop getting up.”

Rebar played for Jim Baggetta at Mid Valley and was an assistant at Riverside and Pittston Area under Steve Armillay, two other coaches he credits for helping develop his skills.

What he learned from Pazzaglia, he said, makes him a better coach and person than he was when he took the Riverside job.

“I want to build on what Coach Pazzaglia did,” Rebar said. “I loved coaching with him and he means a lot to me. I wish I knew him before I took the head job before. Coaching with him is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

“What I really learned is to enjoy every win with the kids and the staff, enjoy every part of the game with them.”.
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Sarnia realtor Mike Cullis is trading in his cellphone reception for a connection with a breathtaking part of the world this summer.

The 33 year old Royal LePage Key Realty agent will be lacing up his hiking shoes for the Iceland Challenge for Shelter, a week long 100 kilometre trek set for July through the Southern Highlands one of the country’s most active volcanic areas to raise funds for women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.

like the idea of the challenge, Cullis said. family and clients are saying, ‘You’re a realtor and you’re going to be outside without your phone for a week?’ for Cullis who admits he isn’t an outdoorsy individual that’s part of the reason why he decided to sign on for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation fundraiser.

Cullis was recently inspired to try the all you can fit in a backpack life after watching Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things a film about two men who traded in corporate jobs to live and teach the minimalist lifestyle.

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As of Tuesday, Cullis had raised close to $900 of his $5,
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But before he heads to Iceland, Cullis plans to clock time in at the gym and do some practice hikes in order to build strength for walking hours at a time across mountainous terrain.

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Daniel M. Marks and Katherine L. Marks to Alison Greene Barton, trustee, Alison Greene Barton Family Trust and Brooks Caddell Barton Trust, 134 Tracy Circle, $250,000.

Sarah L. Mullins to Geoffrey Kravitz and Amy Kravitz, 25 Bellview Circle, $425,000.

Frances D. Streeter, Frances Dunham Streeter and Catherine H. Lodge, attorney in fact, to Shannon C. Roberts, 34 Pine Hollow and 208 Pine St., $363,000.

Ali Wicks Lim and Jeannette Wicks Lim to Eoin B. O’Carroll and Kelley L. O’Carroll, 865 Belchertown Road, $359,000.

Michael Torre Nelson and Michelle Matteo to Jonathan F. Hultin Cohen, 259 East Pleasant St., $245,000.

Bruce Forbes, Frederick Ainslie Forbes, estate, Nina M. Forbes and Frederick Forbes Jr., estte, to National Property Services LLC, 896 Somers Road, $60,000.

Donald A. Grindle and Cynthia M. Grindle to Liam R. Jones and Anna T. Jones, 290 Parker St., $427,000.

Joann R. Hough to Richard Dzierwinski and James F. Hough, 42 Vadnais St., $140,000.

Joann S. Dalessio and Roger M. Dalessio to John C. Stuckenbruck and Pamela E. Stuckenbruck, 31 South Meadow Road, $350,000.

John R. Ferrindino and Elizabeth S. Ferrindino to Robert A. Gibowicz and Teresa Gibowicz, 30 South Bend Lane, $300,000.

Michael F. Leahy and Faith M. Leahy to Theresa M. Roy, 16 Elizabeth St., $169,900.

Nina Marie Forbes to National Property Services LLC, Somers Road, $125,000.

Paul Colantoni and Linda A. Colantoni to Jonathan E. Robichaud and Marilyn Robichaud, 7 Peachtree Road, $430,000.

Sylvia M. Caron to Jessica L. Federici, 173 Hampden Road, $245,000.

U S Bank, trustee, to Dominic Kirchner, trustee, and Caymus Realty Trust, trustee of, 17 Hazelhurst Ave., $94,500.

Sebastian J. Ruggeri, estate, “aka” Sebastian John Ruggeri, estate, and Christine R. Lincoln, administrator, to 425 Federal LLC, 425 Federal St., $133,500.

Adam P. Goglin and Matthew W. Goglin to Susan DeMattos and Constance Trowbridge, 20 Keegan Lane, $145,000.

Marilyn J. Nanartonis, by CitiMortgage Inc. to Federal National Mortgage Association, 43 Walnut St., $89,500.

Kyong Adking and Lee F. Hebert, by Deutshe Bank National Trust Co., trustee, by attorney, Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, attorney, to Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., trustee, 30 Cedar Glen Circle, $145,000

Sherri A. Hickey to Chucky J. St. Hilaire and Olivia R. Hickey, 397 Davis St., $190,000.

Tracy A. Caisse to Jennifer Smith, 145 Montague City Road, $150,000.

Linda J. McKemmie to Joseph C. Kendall and Rebecca M. Twaites, 72A Laurel St., $188,900.

Valley Community Land Trust Inc. to Don S. Wright and Melissa Rohde, 23 Pond St., $70,000.

Douglas P. Ferguson Jr., representative, Donna Marie Ferguson, estate, and Donna M. Ferguson, estate, to Me Leanne Concepcion, 381 S Elm St., $107,000.
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Stephen D. Cannerelli / The Post StandardDAVID BINNS, owner of Aurora Shoe Co., stands in the middle of the production room at the factory along state Route 90 south of the village of Aurora in Cayuga County. market.

Aurora, NY A decade ago, if you wanted a pair of Aurora Shoe Co. shoes, you went to the pole barn factory on Route 90 south of this Cayuga County village.

The quirky business model worked well for the owners and employees. The shoes based on styles dating back to the Middle Ages became popular here and overseas. Actors Jodie Foster and Liam Neeson owned Aurora shoes.

“Over time, the demand for the overseas business continued to grow,” said David Binns, the shoe company’s new owner.

The company continued to make a profit even as it started dropping domestic accounts to satisfy the overseas demand, he said. “It came to a point where the overseas wholesale business was 100 percent of what they were making here,” Binns said.

For the past three years, all of the factory’s shoes went overseas. So if you wanted a pair of the shoes well, you had to go to Japan.

Binns, 26, grew up nearby in King Ferry. Dann, one of its founders. retailers.

Binns is a mechanical engineer with a degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam. After college, he worked at a Georgia Pacific plant in Plattsburgh,
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managing 75 people.

The privately owned shoe factory is an about face from Georgia Pacific, where he sometimes was on call around the clock, said Binns, who lives with his wife, Andrea, in King Ferry. The couple are expecting a baby in July.

Stephen D. Cannerelli / The Post StandardPhyllis Cooper, of Aurora, works for the Aurora Shoe Co. on State Route 90 south of Aurora. One of her jobs is beveling the front and back of a shoe.

Aurora Shoe employs eight people who have a combined experience of 85 years in shoemaking. Together, they make 50 pairs of shoes a day from raw materials that come from the United States supple leather from Chicago and sturdy soles from Massachusetts. The machines they use are 50 or more years old.

“It still is a relatively laid back atmosphere. We have three cats and two dogs that are here on a regular basis,” Binns said.

He’s just learning the shoemaking business. “I think there is some room for technology improvements. The work here is really handwork and that’s important. The high quality product we put out requires a human touch,” he said.

One of the first technologies introduced when he took over was the computer that sits on an old wooden desk in one corner of the insulated pole barn factory. He also added a fax machine. Prior to that, Aurora Shoe was a paper only business, Binns said.

“I want to double sales over the next two years. Some of that will be through hiring more people and some of it will be through streamlining processes and improving efficiency,” he said.

But the relaxed company culture will remain, Binns said.

The company will grow as it re enters the domestic market, he said.

“The demand is still here. It’s just a matter of making enough shoes to reach the markets here,” Binns said. “It was a relatively easy to deal with one customer. That’s part of why it became the way it was.”
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Thyroid illness impacts different factors how to get armour thyroid without a script of pregnancy and postpartum wellness for that mom and also the baby kid. There have been diverse and contradicting practices with regards to thyroid illness and pregnancy. As a result several endocrinologists came together to write a journal containing clinical guidelines for that management of thyroid problems during pregnancy and during the postpartum period. The development of this group came about on the two year time period and their findings were published in the Diary of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the July of 2007 problem. This journal represents the techniques and practices of endocrinologists around the globe.

A few of the main components of that diary are being discussed below. The points keep crucial ramifications for women who are identified as having thyroid illness throughout their pregnancy or perhaps at the postpartum phase. Some of the info also has a bearing on ladies who create thyroid gland illness before they get pregnant.

The condition of hypothyroidism inside a mother or an unborn child can cause severe health problems around the developing fetus. If a lady is aware of her condition as correctly diagnosed hypothyroidism, she should reconsider looking to get expecting or steer clear of mother’s hypothyroidism altogether.

If a lady should develop thyroid problems just before being pregnant and it has been properly diagnosed by a physician or endocrinologist, her thyroid gland medication will need to be modified so the thyroid gland stimulating hormonal (TSH) level goes no greater than 2.5 just before getting into pregnancy.

A woman identified as hypothyroid throughout being pregnant should undergo therapy instantly. The aim is to restore her thyroid amounts back to normal as quickly as possible. On entering the very first trimester, her thyroid revitalizing hormone (TSH) level should be kept below 2.5. On getting into the second and 3rd trimester, her thyroid revitalizing hormone (TSH) should be taken care of below 3. Thyroid gland function assessments have to be reviewed and lso are examined inside 30 to 40 times after the preliminary prognosis.

When a expectant mother gets to week four to six, her thyroid medicine dose will more often than not need to be elevated. It is possible that her dosage will increase by between thirty to fifty percent.

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If a woman is afflicted with subclinical thyroid problems that involves a thyroid gland revitalizing hormone (TSH) level above regular with regular free T4 amounts, her situation can result in an adverse health outcome for her and her unborn child. Immediate treatment of mom will help ensure a wholesome pregnancy and delivery end result. However,
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therapy is not proven to assure lengthy term neurological development of the baby. In spite of this, experts think that the potential benefits of treatment still outweigh any possible dangers when the mother proceeded to go without treatment. The consensus is the fact that treatment methods are recommended even in women with subclinical hypothyroidism.

As soon as childbirth has happened, nearly all women who’ve been identified as having thyroid problems will need to have their medication dose decreased.

It has been found that hyperthyroidism can be how to get armour thyroid without a script due to Graves’ illness. Temporary hyperthyroidism can also trigger hyperemesis gravidarum, that is a situation of being pregnant that triggers severe morning illness. The diagnosis entails determining regardless of whether a woman has a goiter, assessments positive for thyroid gland antibodies or each.

If a pregnant female’s hyperthyroidism is brought on by Graves’ illness or nodules are found in the gland, she must start treatment for hyperthyroidism instantly. Usually, women that are pregnant receive anti thyroid medicine as part of treatment particularly when at first diagnosed.

The most common antithyroid medicine provided usually during the very first trimester is propylthiouracil. Propylthiouracil is generally the drug of choice because methimazole contains has a somewhat greater risk of birth defects. Methimazole can be used, but it’s only prescribed if propylthiouracil isn’t accessible or if a woman is encountering problems by using it.

There are circumstances where surgical treatment could be the only suggested way of therapy rather than drugs. They are:
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The Springfield Police Department’s Mobile Command Center takes up a lot of space. It’s also loud: idling in the parking lot of the South End Community Center on May 21, the engine nearly drowned out Earl Harrington as he assembled the Shannon agency volunteers for instructions about the day’s outreach effort.

The Command Center is ten years old and is a product of the Pierce Firetruck company. That’s why it looks like a fire engine or, at least, like a blue and white hybrid between a fire engine and an RV. The Command Center is outfitted, inside and out, with communication devices. There’s a small meeting room in the back with a smart board on the wall. Through a satellite dish mounted at the rear of the unit, the police department can talk with aircraft, the DPW, ambulances, and the fire department.

“We can run an entire police department out of this place,” one officer told us. It cost $1 million to build, and was paid for through multiple grants. How often did they use it? “Not enough,” the officer said.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing; after all, the unit is designed, first and foremost, to serve as a base of operations during a large scale emergency or mass casualty event. Outside of disasters, it gives the department a chance to have a highly visible presence. Sometimes, you’ll find the Command Center parked in the city’s Club Quarter on busy summer nights. On May 21, the Command Center anchored the starting and ending points of one of the “deployments” that brought volunteers from the Shannon agencies together to hand out informational fliers explaining the Initiative.

The Rogue City, Part Three: Organizing the organizers and hugging your own tree

Chapter I: Reaching out and bringing them in

Audio slideshow: Shannon agencies deploy in the North and South Ends

Chapter III: Yesterday night crime and recursion in Springfield

The Rogue City: Introduction

During the first two years of the Shannon Initiative, Darryl Moss said, many residents had no idea that the services and opportunities funded by the grant existed. “What we’ve been pushing for is to get the agencies to get out on the streets to start disseminating information, to make sure the general public knows exactly what’s going on what types of services are being offered and to let them know that these services are open to the entire community,” Moss said. “For the young people who are on the streets who are potential gang members and gang involved youth, we want to make sure they know we’re here for them. So, we’re hitting the streets. And if they’re not coming to where we are, we’re taking it directly to them.”

Most of the outreach team members wore blue. Earl Harrington wore a three button polo shirt; the other staff and volunteers, including many teenagers, wore t shirts. On the left breast was the Shannon CSI logo; the shape of Massachusetts positioned over the “I” in a way that, intentionally or not, creates an image that looks like a revolver. The flier the volunteers would be handing out referenced the wardrobe: “The People in the light blue shirts,” its headline read.

Aaron Gerena and Donald Jernigan weren’t wearing the shirts, and they stood out. Both were exceedingly well dressed for a long walk on a hot day: Jernigan, a project manager at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, in a pressed, blue oxford, pleated white linen slacks, gleaming shoes; Gerena, the Youth Program Coordinator at at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, in dark taupe slacks and a cream colored, point collar dress shirt. Near the corner of Maple and Union Streets, Gerena’s platoon of a half dozen volunteers, including representatives from the YMCA and the Salvation Army, were reflections in his aviator shades as he explained a few basic principles to follow during the outreach effort. The most important: Don’t talk about gangs.

“When there’s an area that happens to be gang affiliated, you’re coming in and it’s a threat as far as being an anti gang program,” Gerena said when asked to elaborate on that strategy. “So you may get resistance, and they may not even go for the services that have nothing to do with being anti gang which could be medical, which could be housing, you know what I’m saying? So what you want to do is, you want to come in and say, ‘These are the services we have.’ And then when you get them to come to your facility, is when you can talk one on one. Because what happens is, the feeling is that we’re going to come in to infiltrate them and break them apart, and you’re going to get resistance.”

The architecture on the South End blocks is rarely consistent a lot of tall grass and ornate, boarded up brick apartment buildings and a patchwork of vacant lots. The teenage volunteers brought video cameras, distributing informational fliers to everyone they found not just kids in baggy clothing. On Adams Street, they handed pamphlets to a group of people sitting, just sitting, in red car in a triangle shaped driveway, to an older man sitting on a porch, teeth missing, with a thinning, gray mohawk. Spraypainted on the rear side of a wall between Central and Adams Streets is the phrase “Think God.” In a small wedge of driveway tucked between two buildings on Dwight Street Extension, the volunteers gave fliers to some kids in the middle of a basketball game. The lot across the street was gated off, the gravel bed looked still fresh, lighter gray. The building that used to be there, torn down a few years ago, was a bigger drug location in the City.

At the end of the afternoon, the volunteers met in Emerson Wight Park, through which officer Brian Elliot said he routinely chased teenagers. The park’s grass was bright and squint inducing, wide open, with the kind of quiet that seems to absorb nearby sound. The volunteers ate pizza and drank vitamin water under a picnic pavillion whose concrete panel foundation was tagged with miscellaneous graffiti. The Command Center made its way, glacier like, parade float like, up Marble Street,
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and turned into the park. The volunteers looked. A woman with a tattoo on her thigh who had been pushing a baby on a swing looked. Propped against one of the pavillion’s uprights was a white cardboard sign that read, “Thank You Shannon Partners For The Deployments In The South End.”

“A lot of times, I don’t know why, but they’re not informed,” Margie Rivera, a Case Manager for the Spanish American Union, told us during the second outreach walk we attended, in Springfield’s North End. “So I feel that our responsibility as outreach agencies is to reach the community to inform them. A lot of times when we inform them, they’re shocked, because they didn’t know that we had the information, but at the same time, they’re excited that we have something that their youth can go to.”

Ultimately, though, it’s up to the kids to commit to a program. Sometimes, the people on the apartment stoops aren’t interested in what you have to offer; a few people during the outreach effort simply shook their heads when approached by volunteers. Sometimes, Rivera said, that informational flier gets crumpled up and thrown away. Even when help is available, it seems, not everyone wants it. The second year Shannon Grant report notes that “[r]eluctance of at risk or gang involved youth to accept assistance” was reported as a concern by 53% of the law enforcement agencies involved in the Initiative, and by 50% of service providers. “It’s a numbers game,” said Michael Branch, who works as Supervisor of Youth and Young Adult Activities at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Mason Square. “And furthermore, it’s about who’s really interested. Because you can pass these out as much as you want, but if the people don’t come through they don’t come through unless they need you.”

Beyond the numbers, there’s also the matter of language. Volunteers had been working on getting the fliers translated into Spanish. But, during the deployment in the North End where the Latino population stands at 75%, and where the Puerto Rican flag is painted side by side with the American flag on the orange wall of a store that sells washing machines only English versions were available. To some, the lack of bilingual materials was an oversight. “Dude, let me tell you something that’s right in front of you,” Branch said. “Why are we in a hispanic neighborhood, and we don’t have Spanish?”

“Amen!” said another volunteer.

He continued: “We can sit, talk, make referrals, whatever you want but if you’re not meeting the community with what their needs are, then obviously we ain’t doing our job!”

$454,105 from the Shannon Grant, or about a third of the money Springfield received from the state, went to the Springfield Police Department this year. That money primarily funds overtime hours for additional investigative duties and patrols of high crime locations, as well as deeper interaction with other Shannon partners. The overtime pay to accompany volunteers is also Shannon funded. During the outreach deployments we attended, Police accompanied the volunteers stopping traffic to let volunteers cross the street; police cars, always just in your blind spot, swerving up to a sidewalk curb, CBs crackling. According to the second year report on the Shannon Grant, over 25,000 overtime hours were logged across 12 Shannon cities (including Springfield), over two thirds of which partook in more community meetings and expanded community policing in high crime areas.

That afternoon in the North End, gunshots split the hot air; there was a shooting at Christopher’s Package Store at Main and Hooker Street. Nobody was hit, and police never found out what caused the gunfight. The officer accompanying the group nonchalantly detoured the volunteers.

Near the corner of Saratoga and Main Streets, during the South End deployment, a group of people sat on the steps of an apartment building. One man made small talk with the volunteers. As the group left, he shouted after them: “The economy’s crazy, man!”

The economy or, more specifically, worry about jobs was a common theme throughout the walk. On High Street, a woman sitting on a stoop a block down from Merrell’s Superette examined one of the fliers, listened to Moss’s pitch, and said she’d give it to her roommate her boyfriend was looking for a job.

“That’s all we’re trying to do, Moss told her. “Keep ’em employed, keep ’em busy, keep ’em safe.”

In a nearby parking lot, a kid sat in the mulched treeline, a BMX bike propped up on a kickstand in a parking space. The kid’s father stood nearby while the kid looked at the flier and Moss explained some of the services the agencies offer. Moss told him that the Puerto Rican Cultural Center was right around the corner, that they could help with employment preparation, job placement, and GED completion. The boy’s father interjected: “Pero ellos lo ensanan o le dan trabajo a uno?” “Do they train you or do they give you a job?”

In June, stood at 8.6%. Springfield’s rate of 11.7% was among the highest of the state’s larger cities, in the company of New Bedford (13.6%), Lowell (11.7%), Lawrence (17.3%), Holyoke (12%), Fall River (13.7%), and Fitchburg (11.9%) all of which are Shannon sites. In the second year of the Shannon Initiative,
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It was about the only interaction the Islamic Centre, which largely serves the North Shore’s Persian community, had had with the RCMP.

“In our culture, we are always frightened of the police,” Amedi said. “In civilized countries, they are not afraid of the police.”

It’s the kind of thing the RCMP is now trying to turn around, having appointed an officer as liaison to the North Shore’s four mosques and 10,000 plus Muslims.

Cpl. Peri Mainwaring pitched the idea to her superiors and took on the role in December last year. She emailed the leaders of the local mosques and found a warm reception at all of them. The feeling was mutual, according Imam Petrit Decani of the Masjid Ar Rahman mosque in North Vancouver’s Norgate neighbourhood.

“It was a good first meeting, breaking the ice and breaking barriers, you could say, to build trust and understanding just reaching out. That provided a lot of reassurance, especially with the events going on around the world,” he said. “The community appreciated that.”

But before she’d had her second meeting with a congregation in January, a white supremacist and member of the alt right walked into the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City and opened fire. He is now charged with murdering six people and injuring 19. The impacts were felt locally.

“I went in and a lot of people were really worried. Only about 20 or 30 people showed up to the prayer service that night. The director there said ‘Nobody’s here. I’m very sorry.

Everyone’s terrified to come to the mosque after what happened in Quebec,'” she said.

There are also less serious but still disturbing incidents hate calls and incidents in which women in hijabs face harassment on the street.

“A lot of them approach me and say ‘I’m so glad you’re here. I’m so glad the police know about us. I’m so glad the police are aware about what goes on and we feel supported now,'” Mainwaring said. “It’s been really amazing for me as a person. I didn’t realize how fearful people were in the mosques, that they feel that they’re isolated and if they’re identified as Muslims, some people are targeting them. If I can help alleviate that, that’s what my job is.”

Mainwaring said she has found personal reward in the assignment and so she now reacts to incidents of Islamophobia on a personal level, as well.

“I’m so lucky that I’ve had these last eight months. I’m still a beginner but I know more about Islam than I ever did and I have a better understanding of what Islam is and I’ve met the people and the groups,” she said. “It gets me inside too. It’s not just the job for me.”

Whenever there is an incident of terrorism aboard, local Muslims brace for more intolerance but Amedi said it comes from people who fail to understand what people believe, and do and preach in local mosques.

“That is not Islam. That is radicalism. That is people attaching themselves to Islam, which Islam does not agree with. In Islam we believe killing one person means killing everybody. If people are keeping silent, they are part of the crime as well,” he said.

Part of Mainwaring’s job is also to be a point of contact if anyone in the local Muslim community feels worried one of their members is becoming radicalized.

Decani said he’s never experienced those worries first hand but he and his members are on board and ready, should that happen.

“It’s something we should be aware about and be in touch with the RCMP,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s to keep the general community safe, Muslim and non Muslim everybody. We all have that in mind,” he said.

Local Muslims and imams also appreciate that Mainwaring chooses to observe mosque customs by wearing a headscarf, removing her shoes and bringing a male associate if she’s going to be meeting with the imam alone.

“It’s difficult because it’s not my belief but it’s respectful. I would hope someone would respect me if I had a particular belief as well,” she said. “I said ‘This is your house. This is your place of worship.’ I can be respectful and that doesn’t cost me a lot.”

The attempt to build a relationship with the local Islamic community appears to be working. During the recent Ramadan feast, Mainwaring popped in to Al Ghadir Islamic Center to wish the members well. Amedi invited her to stay and join the feast. At first she protested because she’d already had dinner, but eventually she was persuaded. Amedi said she was one of the last to leave, talking and laughing with women in the mosque until late at night. It’s the kind of relationship Amedi wishes the wider community knew they could have with their Muslim neighbours.

“We are open to everybody,” he said. “We respect everybody and we expect respect from everybody as well. What we don’t like about ourselves is what we don’t like about others.”
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