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Photo : Maike van Niekerk August 11, 2014

Dave Walsh - Wish Blog

Building Communities, Building Memories - Whatever your mind can create you can build it from Lego. A child’s limitless imagination can create whole Lego cities to explore, long extinct animals to rediscover, and move through time and space to play in places past, future, and present. Much like a wish, the possibilities are endless. They are as unique as the child themselves and range from trips to magical places, a much desired item, or meeting with a person whom the child cherishes. Conner is your typical, active 7-year-old kid. He loves to play lots of video games and hang out with friends. Conner has an insatiable passion for everything Lego — building with them and watching Lego movies. Maybe playing with Legos has inspired Conner to want to build a better community. You see Conner wants to become a police officer, firefighter or EMT when he grows up. Perhaps he feels inspired to help others the same way others are helping him fight acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  “Knowing that our efforts as a group can change the life of a child for the better is quite an amazing feeling and accomplishment,” says Sean Power, marketing associate with Provincial Airlines. “Each year we absolutely want to be a part of Exile Island. This will be our fourth year competing and we are very excited to get back on the island to compete for bragging rights against other businesses and continue to help grant wishes to sick children in our communities.”  “Our company participates in hundreds of events throughout the year, but Exile…

Photo : Dave Walsh August 19, 2014
Photo : Joshua Dawson July 14, 2014

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 : Geoff Gallant September 18, 2013