Bringing Your EH! Game

TO BRING YOUR EH! GAME: Some say the meaning of “Bring Your A Game” is to bring your very best.  Leaving your excuses for poor performance behind, and scuttling negative attitude while shrugging off past performance deficiencies.  Bringing your “A” game requires the best of your personal excellence and commitment.  THAT SOUNDS LIKE CANADA, EH?!

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Canada has this happy knack of keeping a clear mindfulness while pursuing prosperity.  Every day I wake up truly thankful to be Canadian, especially in today’s everchanging world climate.  I could awake in very different circumstances.  This is not to say ‘the grass is always greener..’.   The grass is as green as it gets on our side of the fence and I wouldn’t trade or change that for anything.  Be a proud Canadian.  We have so much to be proud of.  I want to show and share that pride.  I want to bring my EH! Game each and every day.

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Our Furry Friends

We have now we been working with various Humane Societies within southern Ontario for over five years.  Providing them with their Fundraising Calendars, we have aided in raising thousands of dollars over these years.  The work that each of the Humane Societies does holds a very special place in our heart.  Being able to help support those who work tirelessly to care for our furry friends is a true honour.

 

 

Each community continually rallies around these calendar programs showing support through purchase.  This serves as a constant reminder of how important this work is. We have now begun work on our 2018 editions.  If you or someone you know would like their business to participate in one (or more) of these calendar programs please contact us right away and we will let you know the options!

World champion to donate over 10K to Manotick club

Two-time world curling champion Craig Savill will make a hefty donation to his hometown curling facility in a ceremony this weekend.

Savill, who won world men’s curling titles in 2007 and 2012 as a longtime member of the Glenn Howard team, will present a cheque believed to exceed $10,000 to the Manotick Curling Centre at the club’s end-of-season Youth Closing Event on Sunday afternoon.

The funds came from the 2014 Men of Curling Calendar project, in which Savill posed as “Mr. August”. Twelve of the biggest names in high-performance men’s curling participated, raising over $100,000 for 12 different charities and causes.

Savill’s fundraising efforts took place in Ottawa, Manotick and at Toronto’s Granite Club. His individual calendar sales efforts were boosted from a portion of online sales at the website http://www.menofcurling.com. In total, more than 9,300 calendars have been sold and counting.

Savill will be presenting his cheque at approximately 2:00pm ET, following two “Little Rock” curling sessions and preceding a Bantam curling session.

For more on the Men of Curling Calendar fundraising project, see the original news release here:
http://thecurlingnews.com/blog/2013/09/men-of-curling-calendar-announced/

International hair donations

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Donating your hair for use to make wigs for people who have illnesses that cause them to lose their hair, is an act of service that can make a positive difference in someone’s life. Coincidentally, or not, as I was preparing this post I came across this very sweet video of a 3 year old girl who donates her own hair. It is very touching!

You can read the full story here: A 3-year-old’s heartwarming motivation to help children with cancer. Chez nous it was also a sweet experience to watch my oldest daughter Elena make the choice to donate her hair. Finding where to donate the hair was a little more tricky and so I thought I’d share here several of the resources that were shared with me by several friends.

Many hairdressers have connections with organizations that accept hair donations, so if you’re looking for a place to donate…

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A Reflection on What Heart Month Means

February was ‘Heart Month’…

(As you may have noticed our logo includes a heart ;o) 

 

The Dictionary defines ‘heart’ in several ways.  For us, there are three portions to this definition that truly speak to what is at the essence of our existence and what drives the ‘good’ in our world. 

a) The center of the total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion: 

                  eg. ‘In your heart you know I’m an honest man.’

b) The center of emotion, especially as contrasted to the head as the center of the intellect:

                  eg. ‘His head told him not to fall in love, but his heart had the final say.’

 c) Capacity for sympathy; feeling; affection:

                  eg. ‘His heart moved him to help the needy.’

 

The symbolic meaning of the heart has transcended language and cultural barriers.  Throughout the world it is largely perceived as the representation of compassion, joy, and charity.  It is in this representation that I believe is the foundation of what connects us all, and what inherently motivates beyond personal gain to help out others where we can.

 

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day – David Foster Wallace, This Is Water

  

So much time is spent on training and critiquing the mind – how to act appropriately, how to stay in control, how to follow the rules etc, etc, etc.  A focus more over should be on following the heart; training ourselves to seek out and recognize what tugs on our heartstrings and satisfies us on that deeper level.  Striving to obtain connection with that inner emotion which doesn’t come from logically thinking everything through and following the path set by this feeling could in so many ways improve the lives around us and heal our daily sorrows.

 

When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object – Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

As we leave this ‘heart’ month, try not to forget about these emotions that you feel coming straight from your heart.  Harness them and remember to support those that are around you. 

 

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia

The Men of Curling Supporting Charity

Check out the Men of Curling while they fight for the Gold!

The Community Fundraiser

The success of the first-ever men’s curling charity calendar just keeps on growing.

Recently, The Curling News sold out of the initial press run of 5,000 copies and placed another order to deal with the pre-Christmas shopping rush. This alone is fantastic news.

Now, customers have a new option for purchasing – but the window is short.

If you’ve been following the Twitter feeds and Facebook pages of your favourite men’s curling athletes or teams, you may have noticed recent invitations to buy the red-hot 2014 Men of Curling Calendar from some of the models themselves.

Indeed, each of the 12 athletes has a personal sales webpage now in operation, albeit on a temporary basis. Until the end of November, any purchases made through each athlete’s personal page will a) save the purchaser CDN $5.00 from the regular purchase price and b) direct the revenues directly to that athlete’s charity…

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What Nonprofits Should Be Doing During the Super Bowl

When the budget is tight and exposure of your cause is essential, you simply cannot afford to not take part in the real-time marketing opportunities put forth for you!

Social by Stelter

You remember last year, right? The lights went out at the Super Dome. Your family and friends cracked wise about some electrician being in trouble and then you proceeded to bury another Frito in some sour cream.

Meanwhile, the clever people from Oreo were concocting something so clever and simple, that it shaped the way we think about advertising. They did it with something as simple as this…


In marketing circles, it has been colorfully adorned as the Blackout Tweet. The ad was retweeted 15,000 times. It also raked in enough awards to offend Meryl Streep.

The point being: All global events are intertwined with social media. Nonprofits simply cannot afford to ignore real-time marketing opportunities when all the eyeballs and thumbs will be commenting on Peyton Manning or the peculiar sight of snow this Super Bowl Sunday.

The mistake would to think of this opportunity as a fundraising opportunity. It’s…

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