Tatlow Park Celebrates

WHEN ?             Saturday, September 24, 2022           11:00 am – 3:00 pm WHERE ?         Tatlow Park.    Directions WHY ?               I was fortunate for Tatlow Park to be a mainstay in my growing up and adult life.  This is a community celebration of the activities, stories and the learning we take away from life in a neighbourhood park. WHO ?            Everyone isContinue reading “Tatlow Park Celebrates”

A Cuppa with The Queen

“Where are your manners? What would the Queen say?” The Queen always referenced HMR Queen Elizabeth II.  She was the Queen of our coins, exquisite hats, and good manners.  She was a lady.  The gold standard of manners. My mother was determined that my sister, my cousin, and I would also be ladies.  That if need be, we wouldContinue reading “A Cuppa with The Queen”

Family Tradition at the PNE

As a kid growing up in Vancouver, the annual Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) was greeted with great anticipation and excitement.  It had something for everyone from kids to grandparents.  Buying tickets and lining up to win the PNE Prize Home was the first requirement for my mum, her siblings, and my Nanny Keenan.  As was crossing your fingersContinue reading “Family Tradition at the PNE”

ParticipACTION Now

ParticipACTION floods me with me with a warm and happy feeling.  The first year I participated it was a mandatory part of PE class in Grade 5 at David Lloyd George Elementary School and received a Gold Patch for my efforts.  Although the ”gold” was pretty decent, it fired a competitive impulse.  I wanted the coveted “Award ofContinue reading “ParticipACTION Now”

Wild About Reading

Bill and the Fish was not a particularly inspired book.  Vocabulary was controlled.  The illustrations were mundane.  Yet, the year my younger brother took an interest in fishing, that book became part of our cabin life.  I can still hear my father’s voice. “Bill land the fish,” he’d roar in an attempt the make the book sound as interesting asContinue reading “Wild About Reading”

The Power of a Neighbourhood Park

Join Us to celebrate “The Power of the Neighbourhood Park” on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Tatlow Park from 11 am to 3:00 pm. Pack a picnic lunch, your fav neighbourhood park activity, and come ready to share your favourite memories of time spent in a park. There will be a prize draw for thoseContinue reading “The Power of a Neighbourhood Park”

Why Learn Outdoors?  Education

“I have learned that outdoor quests are not about the summit, but rather the journey.” Hart Banack Recently I had the opportunity to visit two stellar outdoor learning programs.   Megan Zeni works with her teaching partner, Sarah Regan, providing outdoor learning for all students attending Homma Elementary School in Richmond, British Columbia.  Both teachers are both passionateContinue reading “Why Learn Outdoors?  Education”

Sunday’s Child Reflects- Belonging to a Place – Memoir

I didn’t really understand to the notion of “place” in our lives until I immersed myself in teachings from our First Nations people.  I think that’s what all good teachers do.  Set out to learn what they don’t know.  They immerse themselves in the things they are required to teach.  If the curriculum requires you to teach something, andContinue reading “Sunday’s Child Reflects- Belonging to a Place – Memoir”

Sunday’s Child Reflects – Ode to Joy – Memoir

My little brother was a good sleeper. His nap time was one of my favourite times I experienced with my father when I made the trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles to see him for summer holidays. When my little brother would go down for his nap, my father would blast his tunes on hisContinue reading “Sunday’s Child Reflects – Ode to Joy – Memoir”

Triggering Joy in Vancouver Life Outdoors

A conversation with a Vancouverite will lead you to one conclusion about Vancouver, British Columbia.   It is either the most brilliant place in the world to live or a drab haven of rain to be tolerated or simply abandoned.  Just before any of my travel adventures when I was young, my maternal grandmother who was born andContinue reading “Triggering Joy in Vancouver Life Outdoors”