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Joshua Dawson - Memoirs of a Genie

It's a Miracle - My first meeting with Marianne Williamson was rather unorthodox and in every sense a miracle. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.”  A quote from Marianne Williamson that she personally proved to me very recently.   Most things I do are based on intuition.  I trust my gut above and beyond any logic or reason.  When I feel a tingly sensation in correlation with a thought or experience, I follow it through.  Even if it doesn’t make sense at the time.  And, I’ll be honest, when I reached out to Marianne asking her if she’d like to go on an East Coast Canadian tour, I knew very little about her.  One day, while researching inspirational speakers to bring to Canada, I came across a photo of her and got that tingly feeling.  So, I followed it.  Same thing happened with the Stanford’s.  A Los Angeles based family who are in the midst of the fight of their lives with Cancer.  I saw a CBS news clip of them on the internet and was overcome with tingles.  And so began research for a possible wish grant.  Another follow the leader, setting up a future miracle.  Part of the planning for any surprise involves reaching out to someone close to or within the family.  They act as our accomplice, helping us find out what wishes we should grant, etc.  During my first meeting with Jade Stanford (our…

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Photo : Joshua Dawson April 26, 2015

Janet Bradbury-Pennell - Singing across Ireland

November 08, 2013

Singing across Ireland - What do you get when you cross 45 Newfoundland 50-plus choir members and an oversees flight to Ireland? A lot of singing and laughing and basically no sleep for anyone on board. That was the scene on Sept. 19 when members of the St. John's based Fortissimos and The Legatos Choirs, both directed by Janet Bradbury-Pennell boarded the Air Canada flight. With the assistance of a phenomenal tour leader, Hilda Pollard-Milley, there was a to-die-for itinerary awaiting them in Ireland. From start to finish, said Pennell, it was an exceptional experience! The whole idea of the trip was for those who hadn't experienced Ireland before to do so and also it was meant to bond the choir members, some of whom have been with the choir for seven years — some for only a few months. But from the get-go it was one-for all and all-for-one. We did three performances: one in Galway where we helped fundraise for a new roof for the 300-year old St. Kummins Church and where we met and spoke with most of the audience who all seemed to have a story to tell about Newfoundland and our connection. One of the local people was from our very own Avondale, a Mr. Flynn, who met and married an Irish lady while teaching in Labrador and then they both moved back to Galway 30 years ago. From Galway the choir travelled to Waterford where they performed at City Hall — the area where so many of the choirs' ancestors had left those…

Photo : Scott Fitzgerald August 08, 2013
Photo : Craig Scott August 06, 2013

Ralph Tapper - Tapper4mayor

Behind the slogan - “Leadership. Energy. Vision.” - Behind the slogan - “Leadership. Energy. Vision.” Leadership Not everyone can or wants to be a leader but that trait evolves for some people naturally. For some reason no matter what I got involved in, I ended up in a leadership role and felt comfortable dealing with players I coached, committees I chaired, management I negotiated with and anyone I debated with. At this point, having served eight years on Council, many residents of Torbay have approached me to run for Mayor and I feel I must answer the call. The leadership approach I intend to bring to the Mayor’s office is one involving a team with all members of Council given an opportunity to contribute. Engaging Councilors in the day to day activities of the Mayor to me is very important. After all it is most likely that a member of your new Council will be your next mayor in the future and the more experience they receive in this term, the better. It is important that your Mayor participate in as many community events as possible, but I would not hesitate to ask either the Deputy Mayor or another Councilor to represent the Town Council in my absence if that should occur. I can assure you I will spend as much time doing the job of Mayor as that position dictates. Energy The Councilors you either re-elect or elect should be given every opportunity to bring their ideas, skills and especially their energy and time to our Town Hall. We all want to…

Photo : Ralph Tapper August 23, 2013

Fred Fred Winsor - fredwinsor'sblog

Waste Management 2013 - Waste Management in St. John's: Everyone's opportunity to make a difference by Fred Winsor Candidate for Councillor at Large The new challenge facing waste management in St. John's is the expansion of waste diversion programs. Channeling materials away from the landfill so they can be re-used for other purposes is a practical strategy to extend the life of the landfill while providing re-usable materials and resources which can benefit our citizens. Expanding household hazardous waste collection programs with a curbside pick-up service for those who do not have cars is one low cost strategy which can prevent household medications and chemicals from being flushed into the harbour. Yes, waste diversion and the harbour clean-up are connected. Establishing organic waste collection systems for composting would divert a significant potion of waste from landfills while the compost produced could be used by farmers, gardeners and landscapers alike. In a province with such a lack of quality topsoil this would prove a welcome addition. Similarly tree branches and trees both small and large can be used for mulch and firewood respectively. These are underutilized natural resources which can benefit our quality of life. Is it possible to stop all illegal dumping? Probably not. While surveillence cameras placed in well known illegal dumping areas produce results in the short term, it seems that what is needed is to take the longer view and encourage greater public participation in responsible waste management. There are a number of approaches to reduce the option of dumping illegally. They include: Extending the hours…

Photo : Fred Fred Winsor July 31, 2013

Jonathan Galgay - Meet your Ward 2 Candidate

Galgay calls for the creation of a municipal crime prevention committee - Ward 2 Candidate Jonathan Galgay is calling for the creation of a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee for the City of St. John’s to deal with emerging issues as they relate to the prevention of crime within the Capital City. The establishment of a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee would provide guidance and tools to the City of St. John’s by bridging formal partnerships with provincial government departments, police forces,   organizations, and community outreach programs. We need to take an integrated approach in dealing with this important issue.  Due to the multi-faced nature of crime prevention, this partnership must also include all stakeholders that play a role in enhancing community safety. I recognize that preventing crime requires a comprehensive approach involving prevention, intervention, enforcement and evaluation to ensure an integrated delivery of crime prevention programs.  As such, participation from key stakeholders is essential to the development and delivery of an effective working group.  Key Facts: • Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) provides funding to strategically selected projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime in Canada and to increasing knowledge about what works in crime prevention.  • Although the NCPC does provide key funding to many organizations, often times funding is limited and restrictive. By establishing a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee, this would aim to enhance awareness of various crime prevention initiatives, consult on emerging issues, evaluate interventions to prevent and reduce crime, serve as an advocacy group for funding initiatives, and to improve public confidence in how the City of St. John’s is…

Photo : Jonathan Galgay July 30, 2013