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5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: March 23

Claire Webster is an unlikely pioneer in Montreal’s health-care system.
Claire Webster is an unlikely pioneer in Montreal’s health-care system. Brayden Jagger Haines/Global News

From an unlikely pioneer in Montreal’s health care system to kids learning to knit, here are five stories guaranteed to make you smile this week.

Health care hero

#GreatMTLers: Claire Webster is a pioneer in health care
#GreatMTLers: Claire Webster is a pioneer in health care

“I was in a state of shock and I said, ‘now what?’ and he looked at me and said, ‘best of luck.’”

Claire Webster seemed to have it all…until her world came crashing down when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

READ THE STORY: Great Montrealer Claire Webster an unlikely pioneer in Montreal’s health-care system

Knitting kids

Knitting helps kids at Terry Fox Elementary
Knitting helps kids at Terry Fox Elementary

“I have some kids that like to knit during class because it helps them with their focus and their concentration in the classroom.”

Children at Terry Fox Elementary are taking part in a new lunchtime program – knitting.

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READ THE STORY: Knitting at school as Pierrefonds kids take part in lunchtime program

Eye care

Free eye exams held for newcomers at Montreal job fair
Free eye exams held for newcomers at Montreal job fair

“Vision is a handicap in the world that we don’t hear about because it is silent.”

Optometrists and students from the optometry program at the Université de Montreal offered newly arrived asylum seekers free visual screenings.

READ THE STORY: Free eye screenings for newly arrived asylum seekers

St. Paddy’s party

Big turnout for Montreal’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade
Big turnout for Montreal’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade

“I love the fact that everyone just thinks the Irish parade is one of Montreal’s greatest events.”

Despite a little change to a historic Montreal mainstay, thousands bundled up and braved the cold as the St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled out on a different route.

READ THE STORY: Big turnout for Montreal’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day parade

Dance revolution

Shuffling makes its way to Montreal
Shuffling makes its way to Montreal

“It expanded over the years and really cultivated in the rave scene to be something super expressive and freestyle.”

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Allison Rector wants to teach Montrealers how to shuffle — a rave and club dance style that started in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s.

READ THE STORY: Is Saint-Henri home to Montreal’s next best dance crew?

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca