Posts tagged Donate
I have said this before a few times in past posts: I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, West Vancouver, BC.
I wake up to the ocean every day, I watch the sunrise through my office window over Lions Gate Bridge. We watch the ships coming and going all day and I get to teach my son the importance of taking care of our planet. You can’t miss Mother Nature’s brilliance right outside our window. One of the reasons we chose this neighbourhood, out of all the places to live in Vancouver, is because of our local Community Center. You have never seen anything like it and from what I understand there is nothing like it in Canada.
- 83,000 square feet dedicated space for the community to enjoy.
- Open to the public almost every day of the year.
- Facility includes an Ice Arena, Community Centre and Seniors’ Centre with an expanded Aquatic Centre.
- he $5 million project uses new pedestrian pathways, site lighting, street furniture and landscaping to link and unify the existing buildings on site with one another and with the surrounding neighbourhood.
- LEED sustainable design principles to make the facility “eco” friendly and energy efficient. Buildings are also linked by an extensive new centralized mechanical system which utilizes geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings using a sustainable energy source. For example, waste heat from ice-making equipment in the ice arena is transferred for use in the swimming pool.
Since moving to this area just 2 years ago we take full advantage of the facility and programs. My husband and I use the gym and Wellness Centre. Our son goes to a range of classes from gymnastics, sportball, swimming and music. On average we are there 5 days a week and on the rainy weeks more.
I was there today getting in a morning workout and I bumped into the women that runs the special events at the Centre. There was a special Pumpkin Patch event going on and I wanted to see if they were raising any money for the Centre so I could come and make a donation as my GIVE for the day. This leads me to my GIVE and my lesson in grateful giving.
Chef Challenge Update:
A few “posts” ago, I pledged to raise $10,000 in donations for Women’s Cancer Research at Mount Sinai Hospital through an event called The Chef’s Challenge. This event will utilize both my fundraising skills, my ability to cook (or at least I like to think I can cook) and my willingness to take on Master Chef / Master Bully Gordon Ramsey. I look forward to taking on Chef Ramsey but I need your help to reach my fundraising goal of $10,000. Currently I have donations totaling $995.00. I appreciate everyone’s help to date but I have a long way to go.
The practical way of viewing this goal is to break it down: $50 x 180 donations or $100 x 90 donations and I will meet my goal.
A full tax receipt will be given for each donation. Please take a minute to review my profile look and see if you can GIVE today.
Today I was hiking with my two dogs, Brooklyn and Mackenzie. Having one dog is a lot of work and I thought having two would just mean two poop bags. I imagined they would keep each other company and would be less needy of me. Wrong ! It’s a bit like saying two children are easier than one. There is no Mother that would ever agree to that. Twice the love – twice the work. It’s a daily balance.
My dogs are both adopted. One was rescued from a wonderful couple in Ontario that saves dogs lives from the Humane Society. Sometimes animals are put down through this organization due to overcrowding and not being able to get an animal adopted in a reasonable amount of time. Our other dog Mackenzie, was rescued at 2 weeks old (not adopted by us until 9 weeks) by another couple that run a dog rescue / adoption called Moosonee Puppy Rescue from their home. They rescue many dogs from Indian Reserves in northern Ontario. We love both our dogs from the bottom of or hearts and most of all they love our son. Today’s GIVE is dedicated to them, our first “kids” who taught us so much about being parents before we ever had our son.
Give 19 / Day 19
The Animal Rescue Site makes giving easy. Just one click and you have given food to an animal in need. I would do anything for a dog, cat, fish or even gerbil in need. This a great idea and is one we can all do, everyday, for 365 days if we each choose.
Time Commitment: 30 seconds
If you are able to pin me down at any moment during the day, I am running between a number of different jobs. I am full time stay at home Mom. By definition, as founder of 365give, I am a “philanthropist.” I am also the owner of an Event Production company. My forte in the event business in the past has been fundraising events (which I continue to produce) and on occasion, I get the luxury of producing a corporate event. A corporate event means I have a budget to spend money without pursuing sponsorship money or in-kind donations which are generally required.
This past week I produced one of those big expensive corporate events. I was responsible for the decor – making the venue ( District 319) look fantastic, illuminated in yellow. We rented white leather furniture, bought dozens of pillows, candles and spent thousands on the floral alone.
You might wonder what happens to all this “stuff” at the end of the event. Food, flowers, gift bags the list goes on. After this event a few of these items were going to do some good.