Be a Volunteer

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill I've always had a love of volunteering and come by it honestly growing up in a farm family where my parents were strong examples of volunteering in our small community and church - bringing food to... Continue Reading →

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#stampede2014 picture wrap up

The Calgary Stampede has come and gone for another year. Once again I volunteered with the Ag Media committee and was on park for several of the 10 days. We also took in the afternoon rodeo, and evening chuckwagon races and grandstand show. It was a busy and fun time. This year I captured lots... Continue Reading →

Vintage Tractor Pull Returns to the Calgary Stampede

As a volunteer on the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Media committee, this year I have the privilege of assisting the Stampede Farm Equipment committee with its social and traditional media needs. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this committee over the past few months. I feel that the Stampede has a tendency to focus on animal agriculture while other aspects... Continue Reading →

Rolling on the Paint

I've been swamped at work lately due to some personnel changes, but I wasn't about to miss the annual Habitat for Humanity build day. I love getting out of the office; I love volunteering; and I love getting dirty. So the Habitat build is perfect for me. I first participated in the Habitat build through... Continue Reading →

Come Hell or High Water – the Show Must Go On

"We will be hosting the greatest outdoor show on Earth come hell or high water," said Bob Thompson, Stampede president and board chairman. "In its 101-year history, the Calgary Stampede has never been cancelled, despite two wars and the Great Depression."  And the show certainly went on. The 10-day Calgary Stampede wrapped up on Sunday... Continue Reading →

Pulling an All-Nighter: Volunteer Style

I pulled a caffeine-free all-nighter this past weekend. I volunteered for the night shift, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., at an evacuation centre in Calgary - a city that is dealing with the devastating effects of flooding. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes and have lost their homes in parts of Calgary... Continue Reading →

Raising the Roof

On Friday I had the opportunity to get out from behind the desk and swing a hammer outside on a beautiful winter day. Together with some of my coworkers I volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity build in Calgary. This particular build is supported by several agriculture companies and the project is referred to as... Continue Reading →

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