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This is a post I would prefer not to be doing as it is in honour of someone’s life that is now gone, Jackie Audrey Bast.
I never met Jackie but I have had the honour of speaking with her son, Dr. Darrin Bast who created this great event in Toronto called Heart & Music. This event has been raising money for Ovarian Cancer Research since 2007 in honour of his mother. It is one families dedication to their mother as she fought her own battle with ovarian cancer up until a few days ago.
This families legacy is called The Teal Heart Scholarship Fund and will be the recipient of Day 3 of 10 days of changing the world with $10 a day.
Day 104: Give 104
This is a story of a family that has left an inspirational legacy in honour of their mother’s life. Leaving a legacy is not something we all think about but something we could all could do.
It was one of the reasons I started 365give. To leave a legacy in my life, a “knowing” that I did everything in my power to make the world a better place than when my life began. This is a family that has done just that in honour of their mother.
It was one of the truly spectacular Fall days today.The sun was shining, the ocean glistening and calm. It seemed like the leaves had suddenly changed colour and had been painted red, orange and yellow overnight.
It was a walking day for us and I planned to enjoy every minute of it with my son. We walked through our local forested park, down my son’s favourite street which is lined with Chestnut Trees and he appropriately names “the chestnut street”. We stopped at the local coffee house for a muffin and then continued to a favourite “store” window nearby, where we get to watch cats playing and sleeping in the sun.
The store window belongs to the Orphan Kitten Rescue organization. They have cats available for adoption and also provide both a fostering program as well as a neutering program for homeless cats.
“Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. We also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC. VOKRA does not have a shelter. Instead, we provide over 100 individual foster homes throughout the Lower Mainland. In this way we are able to protect the very young from colds, distemper, parasites and other transmissible illnesses. In a home environment, our cats are safe and well socialized, with lots of love and attention. VOKRA covers all of the costs and provides ongoing support to foster families.”
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.