Blogs list

Photo : Maike van Niekerk August 01, 2014

Dave Walsh - Wish Blog

My Best Friend, My Dad - There are few bonds stronger than father and son. Of all the relationships that swirl about the family nucleus, the father-son relationship is one of the most treasured and time-honored. It is a relationship characterized by the passage of knowledge, wisdom, and love, from elder to younger as they explore the world and all its many mysteries. Joshua’s father, Paul, teaches him all about the world around him and the beauty that can be found within nature. Joshua's father is much more than a teacher to his son, he is his best friend. Seventeen year old Joshua is a pretty active guy. He’s an outdoor enthusiast enthralled with hunting, nature hikes, and skiing. Joshua is also an athlete – a medalist in fact. His bowling team won bronze at the 2014 NL Winter Games. He keeps quite active in a host of Special Olympic activities as well. Joshua is a warm-hearted, genuine people person keeping friends and family at the centre of his life, most specifically his dad, Paul. Paul is Joshua’s role model and the man who encourages Joshua to challenge himself every day. In turn, Joshua inspires, not just his dad, but everyone he meets. “The whole A. Harvey Group of Companies is looking forward to being able to grant Joshua his wish,” says Juleah Patten, Sales: Foodservice, with Browning Harvey and three time Exile Island veteran. “Exile Island is an event we are proud to support and look forward to being Exiled in September. We are going to make Joshua proud! While…

Photo : Dave Walsh July 29, 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…