CRIME STOPPERS

Linda Annis, the Executive Director of CRIME STOPPERS has invited me to be a Member of the Board of Directors with the Crime Stoppers Foundation.
I happily accepted her invitation, and look forward to helping the Foundation with the upcoming fundraising campaigns.
I also look forward to working with old friends Steve Halliday who is also a board member, and Foundation Vice President John Ashbridge.

Cheers Customers

We had a Celebration of Life get together yesterday for Vancouver Radio Personality, Jack Kyle. It was a wonderful afternoon hosted by Jack’s family. Friends, neighbours and family shared photos and stories about Jack. A number of people who worked with Jack at CKNW were there, remembering what a true professional he was. He’ll be missed. Condolences to the family.
As Jack would say at the end of each broadcast, “Cheers Customers”

Surrey Firefighters Fundraiser

ignite a dreamWow, what a great turnout. Semiahmoo Shopping Centre hosted the first annual “Ignite a Dream” fundraiser for the Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society tonight. Close to 300 people attended the fancy affair that featured 46 VQA vintners, and food samples from 15 restaurants! Money was raised through ticket sales, silent auction, and live auction. Mostly it was a great time for people to graze and schmooze and help out the cause. I was the mc and auctioneer for the night, and we’ll have to wait and see how much money was raised for the cause. I’m here with the President of the Surrey Firefighters Union Local 1271, Mike McNamara. The cause is a program that is designed to help remove barriers and ignite the dreams of school children in surrey, by providing educational opportunities that wouldn’t exist without the financial support of Ignite the dream. Thanks to all who attended, and the many sponsors for their support, and Semiahmoo Shopping Centre for opening its doors for such a great cause, and successful event.

B.C. Home and Garden Show

Had a great time working a CKNW AM AM980 radio remote broadcast today with Grace Pickell of Fortis B.C. We let the listeners know all the good reasons to switch to Natural Gas, and also threw in some energy saving tips. The NW crew was fun to work with, and we got to meet and talk to lots of listeners/viewers. It was a big crowd today, on a snowy, rainy Saturday.

Georgie Awards

Last night I mc’d the Georgie Awards, a black tie banquet at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The Georgie Award celebrates the excellence in home building, by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia. It’s the premier event of the year for the CHBA B.C. and this year was the 22nd year, attended by over 500 people.
The venue was stunning, overlooking the inner harbour of Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. Singer songwriter Andrew Johns provided the entertainment all night long.
It was a first class show! Congratulations to all the winners, and to the event organizers, Scott Whitemarsh of Whitemarsh Enterprises, and Darrin Buchanan of Noteable Entertainment and Events.

Georgie Awards stage is set with the North Shore mountains as a backdrop.

Georgie Awards stage is set with the North Shore mountains as a backdrop.

Van. Police Pipe Band

I had the great privilege to MC the Vancouver Police Pipe Band’s Robbie Burns Supper on Saturday night. Not only was it the celebration of Scottish Poet Robbie Burns, but it was the first official event of the year for the band that is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. It was a sold out crowd that was treated to Scottish dance and music, and an amazing concert by the Pipe Band. Jim Chu, the Vancouver Police Department’s Chief Constable and his wife were on hand to join in the celebration. It was a great night, and as a bonus I got to catch up with an old school friend, Bruce Eburne, who has been the band’s Drum Major for over 30 years! If you get a chance to see and hear the band perform….do it.

Me, with the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, celebrating its 100th Anniversary

Me, with the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, celebrating its 100th Anniversary

Millionaire Lottery 2013

The 2013 Millionaire Lottery fundraising campaign came to a close on January 15th. Net proceeds will help support patient care at Vancouver General Hospital. If you purchased a ticket, or better yet, tickets, the final draw takes place on February 6. Tune in to Global TV during the Noon news, and check the website to see if you are a winner. The Grand Prize is your choice of 1 of 4 homes, or 2.5 Million dollars in cash. And there are thousands of other prizes as well. Good Luck to everyone who helped make this year’s campaign a huge success.

AM 980 CKNW

January 15th was the deadline for buying tickets in the Vancouver General Hospital Millionaire Lottery, and I had the pleasure of cutting some remote radio spots with Mike Eckford of AM 980. The remote broadcast did the trick, sending ticket sales over the 90% sold mark. Now, those of us with tickets, anxiously await the draw for the prize homes. Go to Millionaire Lottery dot com for all the details and prizing.

Westcoast Homes

I got to work with Arran Henn again, this time, shooting a video for her Westcoast Homes feature. I was asked to give her a tour of one of the VGH Millionaire Lottery prize homes. Time didn’t permit us to tour the entire home, but what was shot will give a good taste of the high tech home. I’m not sure when it will be available to view, but you might want to have a look at the site… www.homesanddesign.ca/videos Thanks Arran, it was a lot of fun!!

Here’s the link if you’d like to have a look.

Money Mart

It was fun to work with Advertising genius, Sue Bell on a Money Mart television commercial yesterday. It should be a fun spot when put together. You’re led to believe that a guy is watching a sports program, when in fact it’s the Weather Channel. I’m the voice on the T.V. The spot is scheduled to run across the country, watch for it!