Vancouver Home and Design Show

I had the good fortune to work with my friends at Fortis B.C. again. Grace Pickell was on the air with me, while Sarah Johnson produced the event at the Vancouver Home and Design show at B.C. Place. It was a remote broadcast airing on CKNW. We got to meet lots of old friends, and longtime viewers stopped by to say hello, and ask questions about the efficient use of energy in their home.

Claire Newell

Just wrapped up shooting a series of TV commercials for the VGH Millionaire Lottery, this year featuring the lovely Claire Newell. Claire is a travel expert, TV personality, and entrepreneur, and one of prizes in this year’s lottery is dream vacation package. 20 luxury vacations, one a year for 20 years. It was great to be able to work with Claire again.

VRCS Awards

It was a great night for the Vancouver Regional Construction Association Awards night last night. I was the MC at the event, that brought together hundreds of construction industry members, and partner organizations. VRCS President, Fiona Famulak hosted the affair that was held in the beautiful new Vancouver Convention Centre. Attendees enjoyed a marvellous dinner, awards were given out, and there was lots of time to network. A wonderful night at a spectacular venue.

Stella Price Gala

I had a great time MC’ing Stella Price’s Customer Appreciation Gala last night! Stella is the Realtor’s Realtor in North America, and threw a party for 400 clients, customers and friends. There were prizes that included a Fiat 500, and a trip for 2 to Rome Italy! ABRA-CADABRA, the ABBA Tribute Band entertained, and brought down the house. We dined on a beautiful buffet at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver, learned more about the Vancouver House project, and heard about an exciting project from Peter Dupuis about World Housing. A great evening…Stella..She’s Simply the Best!

Ronald McDonald House

I’ll be mc’ing a reception on Tuesday June 10th at the new Ronald McDonald House. The reception will be an opportunity to show off the new facility, and to say thank you to McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, and the B.C. Owner Operators who have contributed more than 6 Million dollars to the 31 Million dollar project. The brand new facility will welcome families of seriously ill children from across B.C. and the Yukon. 73 rooms and amenities will be able to serve more than 2500 families a year.

Miracle Weekend 2014

I’m very excited to have been invited back to be part of the Miracle Weekend Telethon for B.C. Children’s Hospital this weekend. I’m looking forward to working with all my old friends from Global TV. The Telethon runs on Global from 6:55pm Saturday May 31 to Sunday June 1 at 5:30pm. This will be the 27th year for the major fundraiser for the only Children’s Hospital in the province. Last year more than 85,000 children throughout B.C. and the Yukon made over 230,000 visits to the hospital.

On the move.

Well, after searching for a year, we’ve finally found a house to buy! Downsizing seems to be the thing to do these days, and that’s what we’re doing. The month of April was a busy one for house hunting, and June will be the moving month. Quite a relief to be able to get back to normal, and start to concentrate on the freelance life again.

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.