Feel Good Friday: Success Stories

Category : Feel Good Friday
Aug 14, 2020

The Central York Panthers PeeWee Orange Crush hockey team raised money for the Town of Newmarket's first outdoor automated external defibrillator (AED), to help make the community cardiac safe. The 24/7 SaveStation AED Tower is located at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons.

Its installation was inspired by Raychel Gillis, a local teen who saved George Padanyi's life while scorekeeping a hockey game last Fall. Rachel says, it was towards the end of the game when she saw her father's teammate laying face down on the ice not moving. Her dad waved her over and she sprung into action; using an onsite AED and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Raychel has been helping teach CPR to the community with the Peewee Orange Crush team, in the hopes that more lives will be saved.


Canada's own Roberta Battaglia is headed to the semifinals of America's Got Talent! The 10-year-old's cover of "You Say" by Lauren Daigle secured her spot. She not only wowed the judges, but also America as she was one of three acts that received the most votes!

Roberta also got Daigle's attention. The singer and songwriter tweeting, “WOW girl you crushed it!!”


The Toronto Raptors are set to play Friday at 1:30 pm against Denver. This is their last game before heading to the playoffs next week. In honour of today's game, we look back at Shaliza Bacchus' chat with Raptors fan Roma. They talk about life in the NBA Bubble; even predicting a back-to-back championship win!