28.6.17

Celebrate with Anne Murray Canada 150

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

In conversation with Anne Murray and Christina Rowsell
Anne Murray completed her final public performance in Toronto in May 2008. She now spends most of her time with family and friends. Occasionally you'll find her swinging a club on the golf course. (Boasting a hole in one by the way.) Murray says, "I still play, whether I play badly or not." (I'm thinking she's probably pretty good!) She says there's a golf course a kilometre from her door called Northumberland Links in Nova Scotia. So...I'm thinking she polishes up now and then.

In my 20 (plus) years in radio, never did I ever think I'd have the opportunity to interview a Canadian icon such as Anne Murray. Growing up I'd listen to Anne on the radio with my family. Especially her amazing Christmas collections. Thank you Anne for taking the time to talk to me - as she explained that she doesn't do many interviews anymore.

Anne Murray has had a very successful music career. Some say she paved the way for other international Canadian artists such as K.D. Lang, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, to name a few. Murray was the first Canadian solo singer to reach number one on the U.S. charts and also the first to earn a gold record for one of her signature songs, "Snowbird" from 1970. I asked her to tell me her thoughts on where she thinks Canadian music is headed. She explains, "I think it's great! I've heard some very talented people in the last couple of years." Murray continues to say, "I'm very impressed!"

For her Canada 150 celebration she's thrilled to be joined by her family and friends, but also a get together with her band. Although she doesn't perform in public anymore she still loves to reminisce about the music that makes her heart sing.

One song that really makes her smile is one of her own, "Song For the Mira" - first recorded on her album The Hottest Night of The Year 1982. Murray explains, "It's about a very special place in Nova Scotia, the Mira River. It's a place I've seen, and it's beautiful. It's a song everyone can relate to because everybody has a place he or she feels is very special to them." It's a place that's home. For Murray she says, "Nova Scotia will always be home. So when I hear that song it transports me back there."

Murray recalls performing that song during her last Canadian tour in the Maritimes and explains the euphoric feeling she had when the crowd sang along, "It's pretty amazing to hear 10,000 people singing the chorus. It's almost an anthem for them in the Maritimes and in Newfoundland. I would sing that song all over the world and people reacted the same way."

Besides her song "Song For The Mira" I asked her if there's any other song, from any other artist that touches her heart. Murray fondly remembers other Canadian artists that she loved to perform with, including Gordon Lightfoot, "I'm partial to Gordon Lightfoot songs. If You Could Read My Mind, Song for a Winter Night, Sundown - he's just a great writer."

Murray is also excited to share that she has a Greatest Hits package coming out this summer. It'll be released on Universal Records. Keep an eye on her website for the release date here http://www.annemurray.com.

Anne Murray, in gratitude for you taking the time to talk to me. Happy Canada 150 Anne Murray. Thank you for generations of music. To listen to the full interview click here.


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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick



16.6.17

Feeding The 5000 YYC Leftovers Calgary





We all know there's a guilt when we throw out our leftovers. Close to half of the food produced worldwide is wasted. Something needs to be done! Something is being done!

Leftovers Calgary is an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage and ensures it gets to service agencies in need. Lourdes Juan from Leftovers Calgary says, "The food is surplus, or excess food from local suppliers like grocery stores, restaurants and vendors."

In Calgary, 23,165 households live in poverty with income less than $20,000. Having a meal is comforting. Having a meal that didn't need to thrown out is peace of mind.

In an attempt to show that it can be done and you can feed plenty of people leftovers they had a successful event in downtown Calgary that offered a free lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and fed over 6700 people.  Listen to the interview with Lordes Juan here.




Christina Rowsell - Radio Announcer, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina, @BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyyc. www.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


6.6.17

HomeFront Calgary | Fashion Forward YYC 2017

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

HomeFront Is The Next Step After A Call to Police 

for Domestic Violence


Last year, the Calgary Police Service received over 25,000 domestic conflict related calls. According to Stats Canada, Alberta has the third-highest rate of police-reported intimate partner violence in the country. Not only is this disturbing, but it's costly too. A Justice Canada study suggests that spousal violence costs Canadians $7.4 billion per year (2012).

Most women enter into relationships with the idea of having a loving connection. An abusive relationship that leads to domestic conflict is never expected. Knowing when to say something is next. But, getting the courage up for someone to say something is never easy.


After someone makes the call to police for domestic violence, there's the "what's next?" phase. This is where HomeFront steps in. HomeFront is a non-profit organization in Calgary that takes women onto the "next" step. After someone makes the call to police for domestic violence they are referred to HomeFront - who ensures they have the support, information and resources they need to break the cycle of abuse and move their life into a positive and healthy direction. Here's The Brighter Side - over the last 15 years, HomeFront has helped more than 30,000 victims and their families, giving them the resources and support they need to break the cycle of abuse.


HomeFront works alongside a host of community services to ensure the proper assistance and treatment for those who need it most. You can have peace of mind knowing that together with justice, legal aid, Calgary Police Service, counselling centres and shelters, 24-hour support is available in Calgary and surrounding area.


Funding certainly plays an integral part in what HomeFront can do for women. Fashion Forward YYC believes in using fashion as a tool to inspire families to build awareness. The fourth annual Fashion Forward YYC  event will take place June 15, 2017 at McArthur Fine Furniture, featuring a runway fashion show along with culinary treats and a silent auction. 


Last year more than $80,000 was raised. Maggie MacKillop, Executive Director with HomeFront says, "This amazing donation has allowed HomeFront to continue to meet the needs of families in our community. Sadly, domestic violence continues to raise in Calgary and has increased 30 per cent over the average. The funds raised by Fashion Forward YYC last year's event allowed us to provide direct services to over 160 families throughout Calgary." 

To get your tickets for this remarkable and unforgettable evening you can visit Eventbrite HERE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fashion-forward-yyc-2017-tickets-31934000455



For more information on HomeFront visit www.homefrontcalgary.com



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Christina Rowsell - Radio Announcer, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina, @BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyyc. www.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


9.4.17

Discover The Power of Story with Christina Rowsell

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Deep down inside we all have a story to tell. Sometimes it takes some digging and soul searching to peel back the layers to find out what that story really is. I've been on a quest to share some powerful stories from people who have shared their stories and to prove that the Power Of Story can move forward in business and in life.

Lisa Longball Vlooswykhttps://youtu.be/uPBLDAy8KoA

Besides having a ridiculous drive in her golf game, Lisa Longball Vlooyswk has an amazing drive to motivate people. She has an infectious personality that leaves you wanting more - which is why she's so good at her talk Drive Determines Distance. I connected with Lisa at Golf Canada Centre to talk about her DRIVE to motivate and The Power of Story.


Tammy Johnston - The Financial Guideshttps://youtu.be/Pg2m8W9f93M

Tammy Johnston is so much more than just a financial advisor. She is literally a cheerleader in my back pocket. Tammy has been encouraging me FOREVER to share my story and here I am sharing hers. (It's what I do!) Tammy is the author of The Financial Foundation set of books for kids. It's a series of books to teach kids about money, goal setting and living a balanced life! YES finally. I met up with Tammy to talk about The Power of Story.



It's true, people want the real, true, authentic you! And here's an amazing woman who also tells a GREAT story! Tina Varughese​ from TWorks​ (and President CAPS Calgary) talks to me about finding that story and coming together as a community to motivate each other. 




Join Gair Maxwell for "The Branding Highway" by visiting Eventbrite link here - http://bit.ly/2oBHKi8

This high voltage presentation follows the route of a metaphorical road trip - complete with a killer playlist! THE BRANDING HIGHWAY inspires businesses of any size, in any category, to create a strategy based on clear, unparalleled Differentiation, inspire Customer Advocation and establish a Brand Legacy that rivals some of the best in the world.


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Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.




25.3.17

Calgary's Drop In Centre Shares Virtual Reality of 1200 Roommates

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


If you take a moment to silence yourself and just listen to your surroundings, within your own walls, what do you hear?

Tickering of a laptop computer. Tapping of the dogs toes as he crosses the hardwood floor. The bells and dings of a cell phone alert and the silence of my home. That's what I hear mid afternoon.

1200 Roommates is a virtual reality (VR) experience that wants you to value each room. Value your space. Value your own noise. Because... you don't have that option with 1200 Roommates.

Christina Rowsell VR Experience
I had the privilege to attend an evening at the National Music Centre, downtown Calgary, to take in a VR experience that reminded me of what we take for granted each and every day. The goal of 1200 Roommates is to take you though the world of homelessness evoking empathy.


The Calgary Drop In Centre exists to alleviate poverty. They care for chronically homeless people through community support, resources and housing.

Listening to the spoken word of Talia Hume, through the artistic expression of Mandy Stobo in the Mammoth VR video, I felt her desperation for solace and silence. Something that you can't have when you're in a room with 1200 other people. Your own space and your own emotions. There's a quote that I took away from this, "Find yourself within your walls and then tomorrow go out and love someone."

Matt Wright, Founder Mammoth VR
Matt Wright, Founder Mammoth VR expressed his deep emotion for this piece, "My perspective of homelessness has changed while working on 1200 Roommates." He too says he now has more empathy when he looks at someone who is homeless.

While you can I can find some time to enjoy The Brighter Side, other's are still search for their little bit of sunshine. There are nearly 4,000 Calgarians experiencing homelessness and The Drop In Centre is there for those who need a safe place to stay.


You can watch the video here https://youtu.be/hvRV_eNfFfY.

However to experience it in 3D download the App here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1200-roommates/id1211878030?mt=8.

Mandy Stobo in Mammoth VR



Christina Rowsell and Talia Hume
Talia Hume and Mandy Stobo







Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.




8.3.17

International Women's Day - Women Who Inspire

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

This is for the women who are...
Our cheerleaders when we're down and need to be picked up...
Our friends who know just what to say...
Our sisters who cry when we share our deepest thoughts...

This is for the women who...
Breathe each breath for their children...
Sacrifice their being to help others...
Love unconditionally...

For every woman who finds a way to make it work. For every woman who challenges herself to give more. For every woman who is the best she knows how.

Thank you!

A dedication to all the women who inspire us. #BeBoldForChange. Yes there IS such a day. As stated on the United Nation's website - "It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. The history dates us back to the early 1900's."

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations.

This is the day we celebrate women. The women we are and women we love. The strength we have together.

Today, March 8, 2017 listen to www.softrock977.com to hear ALL WOMEN ARTISTS ALL DAY LONG!







Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.




8.2.17

Good News, Great Ideas and Amazing People for 2017

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Good news isn't always easy to find in the world today. I believe it's how you look at each and every situation. There's a saying that goes, "Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it."

You've come to the right place to find good news. Here's some good news stories I found that you might like and...may just lift your spirit.

Good News Story -  i.am.heart 

Photo ©ChristinaRowsell - www.christinarowsell.com
As a mother of two boys, I know that there is a sensitive side to them. There is hope for boys. There's a secret "boy code" that suggests that boys need to keep their emotions in-check. What does that mean? Every human being has feelings, vulnerable feels and feelings that need to be validated. 

i.am.heart is an organization that looking to break that code. They offer programs for teen and pre-teen boys that are focused on empathy, compassion and emotional awareness that promotes individual confidence, self-esteem and self-acceptance based on emotional empowerment.

Lance Drozda is the founder of i.am.heart. Since 2011, Drozda has been working with various non-profit organizations aligned to support the emotional growth and safety of children and adults. Along with Drozda is Rebecca Stares, a clinical social worker. Stares focuses on clinical interventions with children and families. Her goal is to help people increase their feelings of self-efficacy and self-esteem as they overcome their challenges and achieve their true potential. Stares currently has six therapy horses through Spirited Connections.

“The three most destructive words that every man receives when he’s a boy is when he’s told to 'be a man,'” —Joe Ehrmann

Learn more about i.am.heart at http://www.iamheart.ca/.

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Emotional Empowerment Workshop For Boys


Great Idea - Feng Shui

Myrna Brown is a Feng Shui consultant. I met up with Brown for a coffee and I walked away feeling that I needed to improve the flow of my home. Brown says, "I want to inspire people to live the life they were meant to live."

Feng Shui isn't new. Dating back some 3000 years ago, Feng Shui is a science that reads the energy of a space, incorporating the art of creating balance and harmony. This artistry was created to make it easier for us to succeed in life. 

Have you ever noticed how your are affected and influenced by the energy of our environment? We spend so much time in our homes and offices. These spaces deserve to be harmonious, and in turn gives us support in love, family, prosperity, travel, career and health.

Myrna Brown explains more in her blog. She also explains how Feng Shui can help in your love life!

Learn more about Feng Shui at http://www.myrnabrown.com/

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Amazing People - Bonnie Earl


Another coffee get together found me sitting with the lovely Bonnie Earl. I first met her at an EWomen Network Event where I was the guest speaker. She was soft spoken, but with a powerful message. 

Bonnie Earl is a women's empowerment coach, certified Art of Feminine Presence Teacher and an inspirational speaker. Earl empowers women to stand up, be seen and heard, and inspires change. 

But, where did her courage to speak up come from? Earl spent 35 years working as a teacher, counsellor and school principal. After the passing of her husband to ALS, Earl felt that she needed to have a life outside of work. Now, as a school principal, as well as a single mother and caring for her husband's elderly mom, plus doing her masters and building a women's wellness centre she was past the point of exhaustion. 

She took the courageous leap of faith to take early retirement. She knew she needed to follow her passion of empowering women to thrive. 

I felt an instant connection to Earl. She understands the pains women have trying to keep it ALL together in this ever-changing and challenging. I understand the pains and the pressure we face. It's real and we can't always do it all! 

Earl invites you to connect with your feminine power. Ask yourself this, "Are ready to move from a stressful, pressure-filled life to peace, ease and quality time?" Bonnie Earl teaches women how to develop their personal presence and increase their feminine energy so that they can walk into any room and be seen and heard in the way they want to be seen and heard. 

For more information visit http://bonnie-earl.com/. 

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For more good news, this is a GREAT source https://twitter.com/goodnews.





Christina Rowsell










Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.