Cochrane man rings in New Years with 350th marathon

At 59, Cochrane ultra-marathoner Martin Parnell ran his 350th marathon at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre on Dec. 31, 2014, in an effort to raise $1 million for Right to Play — a global organization that uses the power of sports and games to empower children around the world. “This is it, the final…

Stephen’s Backpacks delivers 3,000 Christmas backpacks

On Dec. 15 in a small warehouse in southeast Calgary, Stephen’s Backpacks Society and volunteers kicked-off the organization’s Christmas season finale by distributing 3,000 toy-filled backpacks to children all over Alberta. The event started at 10:30 a.m. with words of thanks from Stephen’s Backpacks Executive Director Nancy McPhee and speeches from different organizations in both…

Hope Hampers Delivered to Flood Victims

The Fresh Start Recovery Centre’s gymnasium was bustling with volunteers last Thursday. As the sun beat down outside, it was easy to forget that a flood ravaged the streets of Calgary and devastated the towns surrounding it. But no one has forgotten. Not here, anyway. July 18 was a Day of Caring for over 150 PwC volunteers. Armed…

Pop-up restaurant holds charity event for Calgary Food Bank

CharPopLuck hosts 100 chefs to feed those who donate to feed the less fortunate After less than two months of planning, executive chefs from Charcut Roast House, Connie DeSousa and John Jackson have pulled off the first charitable “temporary pop-up restaurant”—CharPopLuck — with all proceeds going to the Calgary Food Bank. The $135 ticket to…

Bernard Callebaut talks Valentine’s chocolate [Gallery]

WHAT GOES INTO YOUR SWEETHEART’S SWEETS For chocolate lovers, Valentine’s Day is all about satisfying that nagging sweet tooth. And during this season, ornate chocolates are seen lining the shelves from Shoppers Drug Mart to the upper echelons of Calgarian chocolateries. Though it’s a popular commodity – especially around this congenial time of year –…

An Afternoon with Bernard Callebaut

What goes into your sweetheart’s sweets For chocolate lovers, Valentine’s Day is all about satisfying that nagging sweet tooth. And during this season, ornate chocolates are seen lining the shelves from Shoppers Drug Mart to the upper echelons of Calgarian chocolateries. Though it’s a popular commodity – especially around this congenial time of year –…

The passion of the bikes [Video]

UofC DISABILITY CYCLING COACH GOES ABOVE CALL OF DUTY The wind in his hair, the asphalt flying under his feet, the freedom and exhilaration of being able to go wherever you please, these are all things Stephen Burke remembers about cycling as a boy in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A feeling he has been giving to people…

Shri Ram Ashram: A New Life [Video]

A new life at Shri Ram Ashram from Jodi Egan on Vimeo. This multi-media video was put together after we returned from our trip to India. We stayed at this Ashram for 10 days, and we were astounded by how peaceful and loving the children were. Most of the children were “complete” orphans, meaning both…

First-hand tips for second-hand shopping [Gallery]

AVID THRIFT STORE SHOPPERS SHARE TRICKS OF TRADE The first things you notice when walking inside any second-hand store are row after row of racks filled with clothes of every colour pallet, shelves exploding with shoes, bins brimming with hats and scarves, and baskets crammed with costume jewellery. The adage “one man’s trash is another…

First-hand tips for second-hand shopping [GALLERY]

Avid thrift store shoppers share tricks of trade The first things you notice when walking inside any second-hand store are row after row of racks filled with clothes of every colour pallet, shelves exploding with shoes, bins brimming with hats and scarves, and baskets crammed with costume jewellery. The adage “one man’s trash is another…

Art therapy for Calgary homeless [Video]

THE POSSIBILITIES PROJECT The Calgary Drop-In Centre uses art to help rehabilitate their clients. Art, to the directors at the DI, has a therapeutic relevance that makes a real difference in the lives of the homeless. The Possibilities Project from Jodi Egan on Vimeo.