Day of Caring

Day of Caring

The United Way has a great program called Day of Caring.  This is when a funded agency has a need but not the financial or human capacity to meet it. A Day of Caring can take the shape of a group of people from an oil sands company coming in to do some painting, a
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Supporting friends

Supporting friends

One of the best things about The Redpoll Centre is that the different organizations who share the space support each other.  This morning, we’re all coming together in support of the Alzheimer Society hosting a coffee break.  It’ll be a chance to visit, network, have a fresh cup of Joe and maybe get a treat
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Scrooge returns

Scrooge returns

It felt comforting in a way, returning to my familiar dressing room and getting ready for a final appearance as Mr. Scrooge.  It has been two full weeks since we closed our production of A Christmas Carol, but as anyone who has seen me will tell you, my Ebenezer mutton chops were still in place,
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The school Christmas concert

The school Christmas concert

There is an unmistakable magic about the school Christmas concert.  Hundreds of parents, grandparents and siblings pile into the gymnasium and wait on pins and needles for little Mike or little Molly to appear from the side door and take their place on the choral risers.  It is a time honoured tradition that is imprinted
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Finding the words

Finding the words

In 2000, I severed my Achilles tendon while acting in A Death of a Salesman.  Director Tom Peacocke sent me a lovely gift while I was recovering, a book called The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron.  It talked a lot about releasing creativity by doing your “Morning Pages”, stream of consciousness writing. That was the
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Directing The Odd Couple

Directing The Odd Couple

About 20 years ago, I directed Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple for Gilbert and Sullivan Players in Stettler.  Most of the names have faded from my memory, but the faces and the characterizations remain, and emerged with vigour as I reread the script for the first time in two decades.  I actually still have the
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Power Up! KAOS 91.1

Power Up! KAOS 91.1

I attended the “Power Up” breakfast in support of KAOS 91.1 on Saturday morning.  Hosted by Mark Little (EVP Upstream, Suncor and a strong supporter of KAOS) and attended by a strong collection of community leaders like MLA’s Don Scott and Mike Allen, Deputy Mayor Phil Meagher, Councillor Guy Boutilier, and many others, the event
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Painting Andrew and Carter

Painting Andrew and Carter

I spent the weekend making good on the auction item I had donated to the United Way Radio Auction, a portrait sitting for the highest bidder.  Colin and Raeann Hartigan were the successful purchasers and asked that I do a portrait of their sons Andrew and Carter wearing their hockey gear.  I had dropped by
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Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

It was a big day at the United Way as we were able to confirm two significant things.  First, the ShellAlbian Sands workplace campaign topped a million dollars.  Second, that the Community Campaign total had topped $8 million.  I think it’s terribly ironic that a Reuters reporter dropped into the office wanting to pursue a
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Painting the newsmakers

Painting the newsmakers

There are two paintings that I’ve had to sit on until now, as they were both done for the Newsmakers of the Year edition of YMM magazine.  Now that this second anniversary issue has been released (Can you believe it’s only been two years? It feels like YMM has been a part of this community
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