Category: Please read!

Impetus for Change

Partly at a couple of suggestions from coach Gar and partly thanks to my obsession with wolves, I have been on an animal book binge. I’ve read Roger Fout’s Next of Kin and Ian McAllister’s Following the Last Wild Wolves in the last couple of weeks, and am now in the middle of Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer.

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These books capture my heart and imagination, making my throat feel tight and my eyes leaky. I have always had a general sense of the shrinking wilderness, and felt a strong draw to get out there and explore it, experiencing the breathtaking beauty and overwhelming natural flow of  life before we lose the opportunity. Until right now I hadn’t realized that perhaps the opportunity has already passed.

Not only are the wild spaces on this earth dwindling and being ever pervaded for human’s latest whims, but at this point it seems that the only way to preserve what is left is to educate people and support major players fighting the fight…and to stay far, far away from the delicate ecosystems in question. Sure, people are natural creatures (in general?) and have harmoniously occupied the natural world for millennia, but learning about animals who end up dead because they’ve stopped avoiding people after being exposed to trustworthy humans is heartbreaking.

Maybe I’m not familiar with all the facts, and maybe these places could indeed benefit from direct, caring human contact. But it feels very self-centred to even consider fulfilling my lowly desire to stand in proximity with a wild wolf pack, or see the salmon run firsthand, when it seems the impact on the animals and ecosystems will be neutral at best.

Can you believe there are as few as 3,2oo tigers remaining in the wild?? Can you imagine the day where kids grow up hearing of a mythical orange striped swimming giant cat that once roamed the earth??? I have a strong feeling that we’re in way over our heads.

It’s a good thing that feeling down is a great impetus for change….

What can we do? Not sure yet. But I’m going to check out World Wildlife Fund for starters.

We all need a pep talk…

If you ever feel a little down, or a little lost, fear not. Kid President is here, and he dances like a baus.

Watch. Laugh. Feel your heart swell. Hug a friend. Sketch a quick doodle. Then repeat.

Let’s make the world AWESOME for each other.

Did you know…

…it’s the anniversary of last year’s epic Winter Olympic Games!!!

Our Olympians put on a spectacular showing last year, igniting an intense flame of national pride that has continued to burn in households across the country.  Our athletes did us proud.  And did you know a large majority of those athletes were supported in part by Canadian Athletes Now funding?  Have you heard of it?

The CAN Fund is “a not for profit organization devoted solely to raising funds and awareness for Canadian athletes”.  It is a direct link between Canadians and the role-model athletes that represent our country so well internationally.  If Canadians have a flame of pride burning in their hearts, CAN Fund is the pot that supports the water (our athletes!) over this flame to help it boil!  The Fund was established in 1997 by heptathlete/artist Jane Roos (cool!) and has since raised over $11 million for athletes.  $11 million!!!  Besides direct monetary funding, I also see the organization as a valuable resource, both in terms of knowledge of how to market the athlete lifestyle, and in connecting athletes from across the country in every sport; just the other day I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with several Olympians!  With CAN Fund, it is one for all Canadian athletes, and all Canadian athletes for one: quite the revolutionary concept in the difficult financial world of Canadian amateur athletics.

So if you want to support our aspiring elite athletes, who elicit so much pride and unity in our country, please check out the CAN Fund website and make a donation!