Monday, January 23, 2012

Gorgeous Day!

Romp to Stomp - Scenic Caves from Isis Photography on Vimeo.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the 5th Annual Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe series, event organizers, sponsors, volunteers, participants and donors. Because of each of you the Romp had another successful year, raising more then $32,000 towards a future without breast cancer.
It was truly a gorgeous day up a scenic caves, we could not have asked for better weather. Please take a moment and enjoy the slideshow put together by our talented event photographers Isis Photography.

Check out some of the event photos taken by Isis Photography here ( they have some available for free download) and be sure to check out photo gallery for their photos!

Remember to make time to squeeze your lemons !

Monday, January 9, 2012

What an Honour!

Terry Geddes and I, taken after the presentation.

I have mentioned before that, as volunteers we don't do what we do to be recognized for it, we do it because we are passionate about whatever it is that we are volunteering for, but that being said, when someone does recognize all your efforts, it is an incredible honour. Yesterday, I was bestowed with the Order of Collingwood, one of 5 recipients from the Town of Collingwood to receive this incredible honour.

"Annually the Town of Collingwood honours those who through their volunteer efforts enrich the social, cultural and/or recreational conditions by bestowing upon them The Order of Collingwood"

As one of the youngest to ever receive The Order of Collingwood. I am truly beyond words honoured. I send my congratulations once again to the other 4 recipients,Catherine Campbell, Barbara Fawcett, Penny Skelton and Terry Geddes. As well the 3 recipients who received the Companion to the Order of Collingwood, Charles Tatham, Dunc Hawkins, and Paul Hurst.

For me personally yesterday was even a little extra special, to receive the Order of Collingwood alongside Terry Geddes. Most people will know him as the former Mayor of Collingwood, I have known him as Mr. Geddes for most of my life. He was my principal from Kindergarten to grade 8. I have a great deal of respect for him, I always have, so to not only be honoured yesterday, but to also be honoured alongside someone who I have so greatly respected was for me, even that much more special.

I thank Mayor Sandra Cooper, CAO Kim Wingrove as well as all the members of Council.
For this incredible honour!

I have now said the words, "incredible" and "honour" quite a few times in this post, but really, I don't know that there is any other way to describe it.

Don't forget, knowing your body could just save your life! Take a little time to squeeze your lemons !

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

2011 was an incredible year for many reasons, some personal highlights for me ( in terms of volunteering ) were.....

Since 2008 I have put a ton of time and energy into helping create a future without breast cancer. Nothing has been more worth while for me, then at the 2011 Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series, when my husband and I were able to help an incredibly brave and wonderful man named Adam Warner complete a goal on the list of his late wife Meghan's life goals, ( to Snowshoe ).

I was also nominated for two awards for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Volunteer Awards, then in the fall I found out that our local MP Dr. Kellie Leitch nominated me for the Prime Ministers Volunteer Awards ( Spring of 2012 ) and a couple weeks ago I received a visit from Shelley Fuhre the Executive Assistant to Town of Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper to deliver a letter letting me know that I am being bestowed with the 'Order of Collingwood'.
It is incredibly honouring to be recognized, ( it is not why I do it. But an honour just the same. )

Another HUGE highlight for me personally was on October 2nd, the day of the Run for the Cure. To be able to stand on the stage and let all the participants in Collingwood know that together our small ( but very mighty ) run site had reached ONE MILLION dollars raised in just 7 short years! INCREDIBLE! Something that everyone should be extremely proud of!

It is always a highlight for me to once again be reminded how incredible my Run for the Cure committee is. I thank Jason, Michele, Michelle, Todd, Steph, Jenn, Barb, David and Avalon for all the time they as fellow volunteers commit to the Run for the Cure and of course a huge thank you to our Honourary Chair this year, Scott Thornton.

Now looking ahead to 2012 an another exciting year. Let's get it started the right way! In just 20 days from now we can all come together and stomp out breast cancer at the 2012 Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series! Register to stomp, or come and volunteer! *Volunteers are still needed....

May you trust in your dreams enough this year to know that anything and everything is possible! And why not make a plan today for the days each month when you will take a little time to SQUEEZE YOUR lemons !