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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.
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.
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What a great name – Ethical Giving. There is a name for everything to do with giving now. What is Ethical Giving and how can you incorporate it into you life? Plan Canada has a definition on their site.
“Ethical gift giving is about giving a gift that truly matters, a gift that brings with it hope and change. Ethical giving is taking real dollars going to real projects that change real lives.”
A number of years ago my entire family made a decision to stop giving gifts at Christmas. You will see why, let’s do the math.
1 husband + 2 sets of parents + 2 in-laws + 5 siblings + 5 spouses of siblings x 1 kid x 2 nephews = 20 gifts x $30.00 per person Christmas Total $600 (if I’m lucky)
It’s not just the money. You add up the time, the gas, the stress of getting it all done and Christmas is no longer about giving but everything it was never meant to be.