Terry Fox Run in Aurora Raises $17.532.00 for Cancer Research

Happy to report that the Aurora Terry Fox Run raised $17,532.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research! Thanks to everyone involved, we are so grateful to have you on our TEAM!! Congrats to all of the Terry Fox Runs throughout Canada and so very blessed to be able to help co-ordinate one of these amazing runs! Kudos to all! #thanks#makingadifference #community #Aurora #thereisnoiinteam#workingtogether #peopleareamazing


Kindess goes a long way

My girls have been creating kindness rocks and these are Samantha’s! They have been painted and on the back, she has written kind words on them!  Inspired by the grade 8’s at Samantha’s school, she wanted to take it a step further and have them out in the neighbourhood.  

She is hiding them in the neighbourhood for people to find in hopes it makes them happy!  I have been that some have been found so that is awesome!

#kindess #everythinglittethingcounts

Next batch of Samantha’s kindness rocks ready to go!

My Father

My father passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 20th, 2016!  My father was an awesome man. He had a great sense of humour, a heart full of gold and  who you could only aspire to be as a person.  He is my dad and I will always love him.  I miss our daily texts and talking about family, his grand kids, and cottaging.  He was a very loving man and a great constant in my life and our family unit.

Here is what I said at his Celebration Of Life service:

I want to thank everyone for coming today, I know my dad would be flabbergasted to see the number of people here.   As you know, my father Ralph was a pretty amazing man.  My dad had many wonderful qualities that have been passed to me and my sisters.

Dad, I love you!  Your grandchildren love you!  You gave me a big heart.  I like to help anyone when I can.  You gave me the gift of the gab. I can talk to anyone and everyone.  You taught me that family was important and to welcome people into our lives and hearts.  I have fond memories of family dinners, (or as you would have corrected me, supper), roller-skating and ice skating every Sunday as kids.

My dad would always tell us that we were his favourite to all of us girls and of course as we got older, we realized he said the same thing to each of us.  Of course, I really was his favorite!   I will miss our daily texts and conversations about family, food, his grandkids and whatever came up.  Every wine related post he ever saw on social media, whether it was a sweatshirt or a large wine glass he thought I would like, he shared it with me.  He definitely knew his daughter.  He would joke to me about how he always had so many more twitter followers than I did and that I needed to catch up.  I never did.

I always knew that my dad was a talker and carried great conversation. After the news of his passing, I saw the magnitude of friends whom he kept in touch daily and I shouldn’t have been surprised but I was amazed.  I want to thank his friends from the virtual world who gave him laughs, talked to him about sports, his kids and grandkids.  Thank you for being his friend.

Since my father’s passing, through organ donation, he has given someone the gift of sight.  Even in his death, he is still giving!  He would be happy to know that he was able to help someone in this way.

Thank you to friends and family for being such an important part of his life.

Dad, I love you and you will be dearly missed!


The pouring of support has been amazing and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and love over the past couple of weeks.

My dad is now a special angel looking down on all of us!

Webinars for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good is a great resource for go-to information for nonprofits, especially in the areas of social media and different platforms.

Here is a great list below for upcoming webinars if you would like to register!

Tuesday, April 28 

11 YouTube Best Practices for NGOs
10-11:15am EDT (New York), 3-4:15pm BST (London)

Tuesday, May 5
16 Pinterest Best Practices for NGOs
10-11:15am EDT (New York), 3-4:15pm BST (London)

Thursday, April 30
How to Launch a Social Media Strategy for Your NGO
9-10:15 SGT (Singapore), 11am -12:15am AEST (Melbourne)

Tuesday, June 16
Mobile for Good: A How-T0 Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits
10am-11:15pm PST (Vancouver), 1-2:15pm EST (New York)

To check out their website, please visit http://www.nptechforgood.com/

Every Plate Full Campaign – Newmarket Food Pantry

The Newmarket Food Pantry is participating this year in the campaign called Every Plate Full and Boston Pizza Nemarket has been so gracious to host an evening for us on May 3rd from 5-8 pm.
Come out and enjoy a meal with your family and friends. 10 % of all order proceeds between those times will be donated back to the Food Pantry. The evening will also host a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.
Please come out to support the Food Pantry and help with an inspiring goal: to fill the plates of every hungry Canadian this summer.

Join us at the event and support a great organization!


The Voluntary Sector

The Voluntary Sector

Voluntary Sector Is Important To The Economy and Society

The voluntary sector makes a total amount of $90 Billion dollars a year.   This sector has approximately 1.1 million employees and is a very important of the well being in our country.  Voluntary organizations deliver services and serve many groups of people.

The voluntary sector connects people to each other in society.  People learn and practice the skills of citizenship.  The voluntary sector is like any other company that needs resources, and support from society.  They also have members, people donating money to them, and people raising money for them.

The voluntary sector is flexible so it can meet many needs in the community and world.  Organizations are run by volunteers or paid staff and can be small or large.

Charity versus Non-Profit Organization

Charitable organizations and non-profit organizations are different.

There are over 75,000 charity organizations, from small to large, institutions that provide services to specific populations and are to be considered part of the government.  Almost 10,000 organizations are supervised and largely funded by the government.  Charities are usually registered with the Income Tax Act and meet a set of rules which will allow them not to pay taxes and allows them to give receipts for donations they can use for tax credits.

The non-profit sector includes almost every type of voluntary association, charity, church, trade and professional association.  This sector, in Canada, is estimated to include over 175,000 organizations.

Voluntary Sector Organizations

Have you ever been to a museum?  A museum is a charitable organization.  By visiting the museum and people continuing to visit and enjoy it, you are helping the museum receive money from the government to keep it open.

Have you ever been to the hospital to visit someone or been seen by a doctor there yourself?  The hospital is another charitable organization.  Without the government and people donating money to the hospital, they would not be able to keep doctors working or provide care for people in need.

Do you go to school every day?  Schools are a charitable organization also and need help from the government and community to keep schools open.  Your parents help by paying taxes and you help by going to school and learning.

You are a very important person to the voluntary sector.  Without you, and others, there would be no services available to you.  You would not be able to go to school, visit museums or libraries.  So not only do you contribute to the voluntary sector, non-profit organizations also help the community and society to keep people employed and services available to people who require them.

The voluntary sector provides an excellent contribution to our society and Canada.



Earth Day 2015


Well today is Earth Day in Canada. Not only should we celebrate earth today, it should be celebrated every day.

More than six million Canadians—including nearly every school-aged child—participate in an Earth Day activity in their communities.

Keeping the earth clean for ourselves and our future generations is incredibly important.  Something as small as walking the kids to school or carpooling will help the environment by less carbon gases being emitted in the air.

Planting a tree or flower also makes your space look nice but also contributes to green space for the future.

For Earth day ideas, please visit http://earthday2015.ca/

If we work together, we make a difference in our community so pitch in today!

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