It could happen to you

It could happen to you

Imagine going to bed tonight, secure in the knowledge that you are enjoying the comforts of a prosperous life, a healthy oil sands salary, secure job, lots of friends and a bright future.  Imagine waking up in the middle of the night realizing that your condominium complex was going up in flames, that the alarm
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So much history

So much history

As I worked on the Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky piece, I couldn’t stop thinking about the history that these two fellows created.  Between the two of them, they form so much of the fabric of the story of the NHL over the past 60 years. In terms of Howe, 86, he was at the
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Name the ice breaker game

Name the ice breaker game

When Dylan and I were at Mindcamp in August, we saw a lot of examples of awesome ice breakers and games to bring a group together.  One of my favourites was the “pass the energy” exercise we did with the bananas (conference helpers).  You stand in a circle and one person starts by doing one
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Grant writing therapy

Grant writing therapy

I haven’t had to write a grant in a long time.  But I remember the cloud that lou’rd upon our house (a nod to Richard III) when a deadline neared. “Does it need to be in their hands at the deadline or in the mail?” I remember pondering and asking many times.  More often than
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3 months with United Way

3 months with United Way

Three months and a day ago I began working with the United Way of Fort McMurray.  One of the questions I get asked most often, apart from “How is Heather is doing?”, is “How are you liking the new gig?”  I love both questions, but I want to spend some time answering the latter. To
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The Tim Reid Years

The Tim Reid Years

We are about to reach the end of an era in Fort McMurray as Tim Reid packs up his office filled with memories and momentos of big concerts, outdoor hockey games, torch relays, and myriad accomplishments during his tenancy at MacDonald Island.  His last official day as CEO of the RRC (Regional Recreation Corporation) is
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Breathing through it

Breathing through it

I found myself talking like Heather in a conversation earlier this week.  “You need to just breathe through it,” I said. I’m giving myself the same advice as it relates to several projects that I’m in middle of right now. As human beings, we subject ourselves to so much unnecessary stress, angst, concern, and anxiety.
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Process shift

Process shift

“When fall hits, things go from zero to a thousand miles an hour in an instant,” I said to someone at the Municipality’s launch of their United Way employee campaign yesterday.  It is a sentiment that we all talk about and feel as summer’s warmth gives way to autumn’s chill – or in some cases
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Influencers

Influencers

I was in the studio painting yesterday, my fingers chilled as the day was cold, yet not cold enough for the furnace to kick in, thinking about how I got here.  My path has been formed by so many people, -some aware and others unaware – that have affected by journey in some way. While
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Creative Writing on Sunday morning

Creative Writing on Sunday morning

One of my favourite creative writing exercises given to us by facilitator Maggie Dugan, author of the Maternal Dementia blog, was picking up any book, magazine or newspaper and randomly picking a work or phrase and just start free-writing whatever it inspires.  I’m going to do that this morning listening to Taiwanese jazz pianist Jo-Yu
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