Melaque Adventures, Part 1

Melaque Adventures, Part 1

The sounds of the waves crashing into the Melaque beach come spiraling through our opened window on the third floor of the Puesto del Sol Hotel, surreal, almost too loud, too dramatic. Through the night, it is the only sound we hear, no latent party goers, or Mexican rabble rowsers as we had been warned
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Community Image Summit 2.0 – the unCONFERENCE

Community Image Summit 2.0 – the unCONFERENCE

At long last, about 80 communicators and leaders will gather at Keyano College for the Community Image Summit 2.0 – the unCONFERENCE.  I’d have to go back to 2006 when I first started hearing the term “community image” as an area of concern, though I would guess it was long before then that our “issue”
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The real Mexico

The real Mexico

The last time we had to deal with hot weather I was 35 pounds heavier, wearing shorts with a 36″ waist.  It struck me – as we are now just two days from departing for Mexico on our annual winter escape – that I’d better get some replacement shorts for the ones that now fall
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I’m Wayne Gretzky

I’m Wayne Gretzky

What Canadian kid has not yelled out “I’m Wayne Gretzky” while forming up for a good old fashioned game of road hockey?  There is no question that as the 1970s turned into the 80s, then for much of the next 30 years, the name of the Great One would be the most coveted on ice
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Merc tackles the plant

Merc tackles the plant

I’m so pleased that my call to action about exposing the arts in Wood Buffalo was heard.  Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School is producing Little Shop of Horrors at the end of March, a fantastic musical by writer Howard Ashman and  composer Alan Menken.  The company (MASC) is pretty excited because for the first
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Loud and proud

Loud and proud

I’m still on my arts coverage pulpit, though I’ve shifted gears from ranting about it to trying to inspire some change.  I looked back through six issues of the Fort McMurray Today that were published this week and outside of Kevin Thornton’s wonderful column about literature and publishing in the Saturday edition and two photographs,
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Great conversations

Great conversations

I tweeted the other day about how proud I am of living in a community that has such great conversations.  We had one yesterday with the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo Change Lab. Formerly the Wood Buffalo Capacity Building Project, Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo is a 5-year project funded by the Suncor Energy Foundation in partnership
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Community Impact

Community Impact

I have often told the story that the seeds of what grew into Events Wood Buffalo were sewn in the fertile soil of our community leadership program.  I distinctly remember a learning day with former Regional Councillor Sharon Clarkson who talked about the notion of connecting the dots, releasing the power and potential of collaboration.
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In the beginning

In the beginning

I am trying to find my footing for two major presentations coming up in March.  The first is in San Francisco at the NCMPR National Conference.  The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations represents people like me who communicate in college settings across North America.  Renee Summers and I are leading a session called
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The great influencer – YOU

The great influencer – YOU

At some point last year, our dishwasher was once again crapping out.  I say “once again” because it was a few years earlier when it first started acting crazy.  At that time, we called in Shane Young from True Tech Appliance Repair, and for less than $100 he cleaned everything out and we were back
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