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The Content Store

Posted by on 10:27 pm in Personal | Comments Off on The Content Store

The Store is Open – The Content Store that is. For better or worse, my brain likes to look at most things in life as possibilities. My friendship with Paul Dore has been instrumental on capitalizing on some of those possibilities and when we realized just how much work we were doing together anyway, it made sense to take the next step.Enter: The Content Store. Paul and I felt that lots of people were passing themselves off as content specialists without really understanding how to marry a meaningful story with what the goals are for a...

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Patrick Chan and books for children :)

Posted by on 5:45 pm in Books, Catching up with, Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports, The Power of One, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Patrick Chan and books for children :)

Two of my favourite worlds collided on Thursday evening: books and figure skating. First Book Canada, on behalf of Patrick Chan, donated over 3,000 books to Ronald McDonald House Charities across Canada. The books have been divided amongst the 15 locations coast-to-coast. In January, Patrick appeared on CBC’s kids show, Bookaboo – promoting literacy for kids. For those who appear on the show, First Book Canada makes a donation to a charity of their choice. Patrick selected Ronald McDonald House Charities as he has been a long-time supporter...

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Catching up with Elvis Stojko

Posted by on 10:15 pm in Catching up with, Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports | Comments Off on Catching up with Elvis Stojko

I have to say – it doesn’t matter that I first met this man while he was still a teenager, I am amazed at how Elvis Stojko continues to evolve and it is a treat to see. Most recently we found ourselves in the media room at Skate Canada where he was the athlete ambassador for the event. I wanted to know what he was up to. As it turns out – quite a bit! Elvis and wife Gladys Orozco-Stojko hosted a beautiful event a while ago to introduce a wine that Elvis was a part of. It was so successful, that he decided to do it again....

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My Own Long Lost Family Story – A Love Letter for my Grandmothers

Posted by on 9:28 pm in Personal, The Power of One, Uncategorized | Comments Off on My Own Long Lost Family Story – A Love Letter for my Grandmothers

This is a true story – from my perspective and from my understanding of the family lore that has been shared with me. In the 1930s – my three grandmothers each faced dramatic and life-altering challenges. My father’s mother prayed that she would one day hold a baby as she was facing difficulties with fertility and carrying a baby to term. My mother’s teen-aged birth mother was praying that she wasn’t pregnant; knowing that the baby she carried would preclude her from attending University on scholarship –...

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Farewell for a friend – David Dore

Posted by on 11:33 am in Personal, Skating | Comments Off on Farewell for a friend – David Dore

I was so sad on Friday to hear that David Dore had passed away. With the sadness came so many memories of a man that I have known practically my whole life and one who has been instrumental in the path that my professional life has taken. When I was young and skating, there would be hushed tones if David Dore arrived for a test day. That doesn’t happen much any more. If you are a skater of a certain age, you will remember those test days, where the judges were there to evaluate your efforts and when you were successful there was no...

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It’s Not What You Say….

Posted by on 7:21 am in Olympics, Personal, Sports | Comments Off on It’s Not What You Say….

JP Wong is back! Why JP Wong and not Pj Kwong? That is a very good question. All I know is, there was some confusion when I went to check in to get my uniform for the recent Synchronized Swimming event in Rio where I was the PA announcer. Turns out that it was listed under JP Wong. Naturally. Why didn’t I look there first?? As most of you know, I am a language nerd and a compulsive communicator. I figured with my knowledge of French and Spanish – how hard could Portuguese be? I mean, I could kind of figure the words out on paper. So my...

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Stop The Meal Madness or Quinoa Quazy

Posted by on 3:06 pm in Personal | Comments Off on Stop The Meal Madness or Quinoa Quazy

After a lengthy absence, as a result of a year(ish) long ‘big girl’ contract, I haven’t been blogging as much as I would have liked. That’s all changing now. I am inspired. I want to share. My inspiration comes as a result of several different ‘bon voyage’ meals in a row with new friends leaving town after finishing their own contracts. If you know me at all, you will already know that I DON’T love to eat and like to cook even less. I am one of those ‘eat to live’ types and, if I can...

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Toller Cranston Memorial Fund Launch

Posted by on 9:19 pm in Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports, The Power of One | Comments Off on Toller Cranston Memorial Fund Launch

Wow – what a night! The launch of the Toller Cranston Memorial Fund took place at the Art Gallery of Ontario on June 25, 2015 and, like him or hate him, Toller Cranston was still the kind of man who could draw a crowd. The people who came to pay tribute to the prolific artist who changed the face of men’s figure skating could not have been a more diverse group. From family to childhood friends to devoted staff to accomplished athletes to fans to diplomats to media darlings; everyone was there. If you are someone who is unfamiliar...

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Toller Cranston Memorial Fund Launch (and I’m going to be there!)

Posted by on 9:42 pm in Olympics, Personal, Skating | Comments Off on Toller Cranston Memorial Fund Launch (and I’m going to be there!)

    On Thursday night, I am honoured to be attending an invitation-only event at Toronto’s AGO, to celebrate the life of the one and only Toller Cranston. My memories of Toller go back to being on the ice with him as a kid and, even then, wondering what it would be like to be that free and uninhibited. My freedom and lack of inhibition tended to live on the inside rather than outwardly for all to see – and admire.     To be able to publicly remember Toller and know that his legacy will live on with the launch...

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Elvis Stojko’s new QUAD

Posted by on 9:20 am in Personal, Skating, Sports | Comments Off on Elvis Stojko’s new QUAD

It was a busy skating week for me last week and it started out in the most delightful way: I was invited to the launch of a new Elvis Stojko wine line called QUAD. The details are as follows: 2010 QUAD Reserve Meritage The premier release of Elvis Stojko wine is a luxuriant blend of four barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the fabulous 2010 Niagara vintage. Tasting notes: After spending 18 months in French oak, this rich Bordeaux blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% , Merlot offers deep blackberry and currants aromas, a full and...

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