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by / on April 4, 2013 at 11:22 am / in CONFERENCE, INSPIRE

Naptime in Kenya

The idea seemed so simple, “just help get the kids down for a nap” he said. Of course we couldn’t say no! We had just spent the morning falling in love with these 25 orphaned children at the Karibu Centre in Thika, Kenya and were excited by the fact that we were asked to help out so that the house [...]

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by / on March 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm / in CONFERENCE, INSPIRE

Living Different

Live different. That’s what I have been inspired to do after travelling over 1200 kilometers to experience two weeks in the poorest parts of Kenya. Although my trip is over, I have now found my inspiration and my journey has just begun. I, like many others, have always been thankful for the life that I have here in Canada, loving [...]

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by / on January 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm / in INSPIRE

Listening Out Loud

You never know who’s listening… Be careful what you say….an inveterate eavesdropper like me might just be tuning in to every word. With the all time I spend in airports, train stations and coffee shops, waiting for flights, meetings or the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar, I’m awash in a sea of other people’s loud [...]

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by / on December 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm / in CONFERENCE, INSPIRE

Kenya Calling

Experiential learning, what does that mean? Learn by doing? Learn what, by doing what? These are all questions I am faced with day to day in my role as Director of Experiential Learning at White Oaks Resort. I am always more than happy to begin a conversation in response to what learning by doing actually means. To me, it’s about [...]

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by / on October 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm / in INSPIRE

Accidental Vacation

I caught a bridge the other day. You have to live in Niagara to know what that means. I’d been hurrying to a meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, rushing too quickly to notice the world around me. The gambler in me made choose to take Queenston Street instead of the highway and that was my undoing. A raised bridge put an end [...]

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by / on July 20, 2012 at 10:03 am / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Niagara’s Bounty

I went to the grocery store the other day and had my attitude adjusted. Thought I’d pick up a bag of milk – it was $16.00 for three liters. Yup. And the bottle of ketchup I looked at was $14.99 – no kidding. And three, tiny, pale triangles of under-ripe watermelon on a Styrofoam tray? A stunning $3.99. Where was [...]

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by / on June 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm / in DINING, INSPIRE

Patio Mojo

Can you feel it? The need to get outside and take in all the rays, breezes, buzzing and chirping possible? Outdoor living is hotter that ever. I think, mainly because of all of the cool furniture and décor you can buy, but also because of global warming (so do cut down on those disposable plates). I resisted the outdoor mega-trend [...]

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by / on May 18, 2012 at 11:44 am / in FITNESS CLUB, INSPIRE

WO Magazine – Behind the Scenes

Putting together the WO Magazine for the fitness club is always a learning experience for our team. I wanted to share some of the more interesting things we learned this edition (Spring 2012) that were too weird, irrelevant or idiotic to make it into the actual pages of the magazine. So check this out…you know how chef’s do this great [...]

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by / on May 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm / in INSPIRE

For the Birds

Everyone gets pumped up about blooms and blossoms this time of year. Don’t get me wrong… I love to see the first bulbs poking up their pretty heads, but I don’t think I will ever tire of watching chubby little robin red breast hop and scurry around the lawn in search of worms and dryer lint. This in itself is [...]

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by / on April 7, 2012 at 9:00 am / in INSPIRE

Wings of Change

A wise person once said to me (of course they were quoting some previous wise-guy) that the only thing that we can be certain of in life is change. Don’t think about it too hard, because 1. it will hurt your brain, and 2. it’s going to happen any way. So I was thinking, why not harness the power, and [...]

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