Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 3

Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 3

In the middle of the night the Stollery is quiet. All I can hear is the hum of the air exchange system and the drip of the IV. The air in Dylan’s room is crisp, cool; staying warm requires hiking the blanket right up to my chin and wrapping it around my fists. His monitor
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Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 2

Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 2

During the first night post-surgery, Nina woke Dylan up every two hours to go through a battery of tests and checks. “On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the most pain imaginable and 0 being no pain at all…” she began, repeating the same drill we heard just a few hours earlier.
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Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 1

Dylan Surgery Adventures, 2010, Part 1

We are a five minute walk away from where Dylan is having surgery, in the hotel across the street from the Stollery Hospital. The Timms Centre for the Arts is to my left as is the muted downtown Edmonton skyline, a small sliver of blue offers hope to what is a rather cloudy day. What
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The Harvest of Hope

The Harvest of Hope

Right in the middle of my stint as a celebrity waiter at The Harvest of Hope fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, I looked up and took in the view. It was as if I was in the middle of a beehive with all kinds of movement and colours scurrying about, a high frequency buzz,
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What is the thickness of my skin?

What is the thickness of my skin?

Every new adventure in my life has a served purpose, to scare, to challenge, to unsettle, to test, to make me a better person. This election run is another adventure that is sure to do all those things, win or lose. “If I can keep my head, when all about me are losing theirs….” I
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Campaign Update

Campaign Update

Nomination Day is just around the corner. On Monday morning, Renee, our Campaign Manager, will drive down to Jubilee Centre and pass in the notarized nomination form and the $100 fee required to become officially nominated for Council in Ward One of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Heather, Dylan and I will be heading
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Recycling is Grand

Recycling is Grand

Whenever I load up the car with buckets full of tin and tubs of paper scraps then drive the three blocks to the recycling depot at Safeway, I smile. I smile some more when I see others pull up and start to unload their sundry items that just a few short years ago ended up
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Leadership is Tough!

Leadership is Tough!

Anyone who says that leadership is easy, isn’t really getting a true leadership experience. Leadership is fun, sure. It is often exciting, certainly challenging, and on a regular basis, downright tough. Have you ever had to tell someone something they didn’t want to hear? Has the future of the organization ever felt like it rested
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SummersEnd Rain

SummersEnd Rain

I can’t believe this rain, it doesn’t want to stop. We escaped the pounding of water received by much of Saskatchewan and southern Alberta earlier this summer, instead watching from a distance and appreciating our northern perch, sunny, temperate, perfect. But, as SummersEnd Friday turned into Saturday, rain clouds were approaching. Tim Hus was on
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Thoughts on the Heart Project

Thoughts on the Heart Project

The truth is that anyone and his dog can do the Heart Project. All you need is a piece of wood, the shape of a heart sketched out in pencil, a pair of scissors, a magazine you’re comfortable cutting to shreds, a brush and some Hodge Podge. Oh, you also need the patience of Job
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