Historic Farms of Glengarry (The Making of)

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Presenters and their families appearing in the documentary Historic Farms of Glengarry

What began as a rental request for a sound system turned into a documentary film production.  On the first sunny Saturday in May, a perfect crop planting day, farmers from Glengarry and beyond, climbed off their tractors and gathered in Williamstown to share their stories.  The special event was a Canada 150 project organized by Ian Cumming, writer with the Ontario Farmer and Peter McLeod, board member of the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture and the Glengarry Nor’Westers & Loyalist Museum.

The concept was to record the living memories of the region’s agricultural history.  The hardships experienced in the early years and progress with advances in technological were common themes.  We would hear from farmers, some whose farms had been in their family since the times of United Empire Loyalist settlement of the late 1700s.

In press conference style, KAV Productions filmed presentations in front of a packed house at Ye Olde Bridge Cafe.  The goal was to record and preserve these oral histories for future generations.  We would hear from twenty speakers that represented a cross-section of the area’s farms and ag business: the post-war Dutch immigrants, the French Canadian community, the Scots, the UEL and their descendants, and some key players in the development of agricultural services like milk marketing, 4H and tile drainage.

When the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and it’s Glengarry branch learned of the ambitious project they graciously offered support to bolster the video production.  At a time of the year when the countryside was looking so idyllic, this film-maker couldn’t help but be inspired to capture the amazing rural beauty found in Eastern Ontario.  From the Sangsters’ General Store in Bainsville to the historic Wyman farm on the Ottawa River in Chute a Blondeau.  Supporting footage for our documentary was not in short supply.  Tied together with narration by Keith Clingen, retired voice man from CJSS and CFLG, the 54 minute documentary is available on DVD as a keepsake for history buffs, or anyone with ties to Glengarry or rural Eastern Ontario.

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Rurban Brewing

Team Cornwall Showcases Achievements & New Businesses

Community leaders and local business people gathered for the 18th annual Year in Review event hosted by Team Cornwall at the Galaxy Theatre just before the Christmas holiday. The highlight was a presentation by Bob Peters, Senior Development Officer with the City of Cornwall Economic Development Department. The venue presented an ideal opportunity to meet spokespeople from some of the new businesses who launched in the past year. KAV Productions partnered with ChooseCornwall.ca to produce a short news and promotional video to be featured on their website and social media feed. We hear from Peter Gault of Team Cornwall, Jason Jesmer of Drake International, Andrew Dunt of National Helicopters, Mireille Godin and Cathy MacDonald of Xplornet, Bob Pelda of RMP Construction, Nada Kovinich of Remax Cornwall, Guy Menard of Menard Bros., Sebastien Manigat of the Seaway Food Festival, Karen and Andy Rorabeck of Rurban Brewing, as well as David Jans, magician.

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Staff at Medical Arts

Medical Arts at 60 – A local business success story

When Medical Arts Pharmacy in Cornwall, Ontario sent out post cards thanking customers for their support, they got an overwhelming response. A number of customers felt the need to show their appreciation for the many years of excellent service.  According to marketing expert, Mary Anne Pankhurst, what sets this locally owned and operated pharmacy apart from its competition are its specialized services and generous community support.

Medical Arts, asked KAV Productions to help mark the 60th anniversary through photos and video. With lots of help researching, digging through archives, and filming interviews, everyone involved help make the video a centrepiece of the celebrations. In the video, Shannon Bellefeuille, wife of founder Ernie Bellefeuille recalls when Medical Arts first opened its doors on Montreal Road in 1956.  We also hear from long time customers Lois Lefebvre, Jake Lamoureux and Le Village BIA representative, Pierre Lefebvre.


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MOH Explains Newborn Screening in 20 Languages

In an effort to communicate its message to parents of newborn babies in Ontario, NSO, a provincial agency headed at CHEO in Ottawa, has decided to use a video series that is available in twenty of the most spoken languages in Ontario. KAV worked with Langu-edge Solutions Inc., a multi-lingual translation firm along with a variety of local voice-over talent. The twenty language DVD has been distributed to hospitals across Ontario and is also available in HD on the NSO’s YouTube channel. KAV has also provided closed captioning in English and French.

About 140,000 babies are born every year in Ontario. Newborn screening is a blood test done shortly after birth to test for treatable diseases that are not usually apparent in the newborn period. Early detection of these diseases is the key to effective treatment and can prevent serious health problems and even save lives. A heelprick allows health care providers to collect a small amount of blood on special filter paper. This blood is sent to Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) where it is tested for 29 diseases.

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Sharing the Quilt of Belonging Digitally

Conceived over 20 years ago by artist, Esther Bryan, the Quilt of Belonging expresses the beauty and diversity of the world’s cultures in textile form. The collaborative work is curated by a talented team of passionate individuals based in Eastern Ontario who have worked with KAV Productions to develop an interactive website to share their message globally.

Quilt of Belonging is a collaborative work of art whose mission is to recognize Canada’s diversity, celebrate our common humanity and promote harmony and compassion among people.

Working closely for several months with writers, translators, graphics designers, programmers and educators, KAV Productions developed an interactive, responsive web design rich in multimedia content. After over a year in the making, the bilingual site, quiltofbelonging.ca, fibresdumonde.ca officially launched in October 2016. With over 600 webpages containing thousands of images, videos and even an on-line shop, this is one of the largest designs we have worked on. But, with its user-friendly interface, the non-profit organization is able to make additions, and update its viewers of the latest news from any device with a browser without the need of a web expert.

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