Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Brown Bagging For Calgary Kids Annual General Meeting

  Many of you may know that I am a long time kitchen volunteer for one of Calgary's most dynamic non-profit organizations, Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids.  This amazing organization helps to address child hunger in our city by providing nutritious lunches to Calgary school kids.  What was supposed to be a "one-off" volunteer morning in 2009 has turned into one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I have been hooked as a Monday morning kitchen volunteer from the moment I started.

  It amazed me to realize that in a city as wealthy as Calgary, that so many kids are going hungry every day.  I was drawn to this organization not only for the amazing work that they do, but by the community based model that supports this initiative.  This program is funded by volunteers, community groups and private/corporate donations.  It truly is a community based solution, which inspires me.

  BB4CK helps to directly feed thousands of kids in our area every day and for some kids, it may be the only food they get each day.

  After serving a few terms on the board as treasurer, I am honored to take over as the 2013 Board Chair for Brown Bagging For Calgary's Kids.  I would invite you to take a few minutes and watch our Annual General Meeting video below.

This is what makes me tick.....

To volunteer or donate to this great organization, please check out and follow us on Facebook/Twitter.


Bookmark and Share

Friday, May 17, 2013

My First ( And Last) Attempt At Stand Up Comedy!

  Last month, I had the unique opportunity to be part of a cool fundraiser for Ward 11/13 Calgary Public School Board trustee, Sheila Taylor.  This fundraiser was held at the Laugh Shop at the Blackfoot Inn on April 15, 2013 and featured twelve regular people performing stand-up comedy in front of a crowd of over 200 people!

  Luckily, we were fortunate enough to be put through some fun classes and shown the ropes by the host company, Zeds Communications, who helped us to write the material and learn some basic comedy techniques.  I personally was blown away to learn how much science is actually involved in delivering stand up comedy and the classes were a blast.

  I have attached a video below of the event.  All I can say is.... I survived.   My favorite part is the whacked "Nenshi/Higgins/McIver/Fech/Carter Stampede Wrestling" bit.  Something is definitely wrong with me....

While I never imagined having the opportunity to do this, I am grateful that Sheila asked me to take part.  This is another "bucket list" item that I now get to check off.   I should also apologize to my poor wife Becky for being the center of so many jokes......


Bookmark and Share