13.11.17

April Lee Baker Masterchef Canada Caters in Support of HomeFront Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

April Lee Baker
I had the opportunity to bid on a silent auction item at Fashion Forward YYC this past spring. The money all went to HomeFront Calgary.

HomeFront Calgary is a wonderful organization in Calgary that works alongside the justice system, police and community partners to help free families from domestic violence.

The silent auction item was a private, in-home meal prepared by Masterchef Canada season 3 finalist, who place in the top 5, April Lee Baker. April Lee is also a private chef and can build your own menu for custom catering. The food for the evening was supplied by Spud Calgary.

Bacon
April Lee had her work cut out for her though as we asked her to work around our current diet, The Leaky Gut Diet. My husband is in remission from Lyme Disease and this diet helps him with his Lyme Arthritis to cut down on any foods that cause inflammation. Note: We did say it was okay to add bacon... that was my idea.


© Sweet Potato Leek
April Lee started our first course offering sweet potato with roasted leek, organic chicken bone broth, seasoned with rosemary, parsley and salt.






Boiled Corn, Beef Brisket, Green Bean
The second course was boiled corn with vegan pesto. The pesto base is avocado with pine nuts, fresh basil, a little bit of salt and fresh lemon juice. Included in the second course is a grass fed, local, beef brisket. The beef was braised in a bone broth strained through carrots, celery and onions. The beef and corn is served with green been bundles wrapped in carrot shreds and bacon.

Baby Kale Salad
Third course baby kale salad with walnuts, pomegranate, goat feta and wild rice. The salad is dressed with an avocado dressing with shallots, orange juice and salt.





Chai Latte Chia Pudding
The dessert is a chai latte chia pudding with honey, black tea, garam masala, cinnamon and nutmeg. The pudding is dressed with Almond Silk Hazelnut cream topped with pomegranates.





Watch the preparation with April Lee HERE on YouTube.
And watch Christina Rowsell in conversation with April HERE.

Thank you April Lee for the wonderful meal and sharing your talent in our home.



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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. Subscribe YouTube Here, 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

3.11.17

Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign Shaping The Cultural Scene in Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

In 2012 Calgary was named as the Cultural Capital of Canada. Wanting to continue the voice of Calgary, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel, founders of Fashion Calgary, designed the Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign featuring Calgary's top 25 ambassadors who are shaping the cultural scene in Calgary.

This year Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign is celebrating Canada 150 by featuring 150 ambassadors for the last six years. The celebration will be through a gala event on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South. Better yet, funds raised at the gala will support Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and their brain research division in memory of Basak's brother who passed away at the age of 15 because of a brain tumour.

The campaign takes about eight months every year to organize. Each ambassador is chosen for their efforts in celebrating the importance of culture in our lives. Each nominated ambassador is recognized for their cultural leadership in our community.

Some of the ambassadors recognized this year include, but not limited to;

Bret The Hitmen Hart - "I recognize that the one man I still long to be is the one I first thought my father was."


Sara Austin - "Use your power and influence to help the next generation."



Todd Hirsch - "Diversity is what brings beauty to ordinary things."



To see the complete list of ambassadors visit http://fashioncalgary.ca/portrait-campaign-2017/. Purchase tickets to the gala on EventBrite.ca here https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fashion-calgary-portrait-campaign-2017-tickets-37584641675.

Listen to Christina Rowsell with Ania Basak 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. Subscribe YouTube Here, 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





31.10.17

Candy Buy Back For The Troops and Calgary Food Bank

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina



Excessive Halloween candy that stays in your pantry for months on end isn't good for anyone. Especially if you're the one who picks at it for months. A better idea is to get the kids to pick out their favourite candy and donate the rest!

Dr. Kowalchuck from ConfiDental wants your candy for their "Candy Buy Back" program. November 1 - November 3 you can bring in your sacks of candy at #302, 10601 Southport Road S.W. They will pay you $1 per pound of treats, up to 5 pounds PLUS your children will receive a goodie bag filled with awesome treats, and a chance to win a Kid's Sonicare Toothbrush.

The candy will be donated to "Home Sweet Home" to Canadian peacekeeping troops overseas and to the Calgary Food Bank.

You can listen to Christina Rowsell interview with Dr. Kowalchuck here.

For more information visit www.ConfiDentalCare.ca



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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. Subscribe YouTube Here, 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




26.10.17

Partners For Safety This Halloween

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina



Come Halloween night we all want our little trick-or-treaters to stay safe and sound. Thanks to the Partners for Safety there's a safe place for every ghost, zombie and princess...and such!

Partners for Safety will be patrolling Calgary streets on the evening of October 31 to give every child easy access to help. More than 800 vehicles will patrol Calgary streets 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., making sure this will be a safe Halloween.

Calgary's Child Magazine along with all of the Partners for Safety, which includes; 911, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Health Services and EMS, Calgary By Law, and Calgary Transit will see hundreds of vehicles patrolling Calgary streets to ensure that if anyone needs any help for any reason they can watch for one of those vehicles. (In an emergency however, dial 911.)

Giving us some tips for Halloween, Doug Odney from Calgary 911 says, "For the trick-or-treaters make sure that their costumes are high visibility and don't have any trip hazards. Reflective tape is always a good idea. Make sure there's good vision with a mask and you can always do face make-up."

As for the little ones, they often like to go right in to peoples homes. Odney says, "Remember to stay away from the houses with all their lights off and gates closed. Remember to do your trick or treating from the front step and don't enter the home, or other vehicles."

And some tips for grown ups? Odney says, "Make sure you hand out individually wrapped treats for the kids and be conscious of food allergies." Often times home-made or baked treats will almost certainly be thrown out.

There's also lots of vehicles still on the roads during peek trick or treat times, it's a good reminder to keep your speed down too. Odney says, "Be extra cautious watching for people crossing the streets."

You can listen to Christina talking to Doug Odney here
https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/partners-for-safety-halloween-in-calgary

And for more information and Halloween tips visit Calgary's Child Magazine http://www.calgaryschild.com/health-and-safety/safety/2500-calgary-halloween-partners-for-safety-2017.

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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. Subscribe YouTube Here, 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



6.10.17

Johnny Gaudreau Donates per Goal to KidSport Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Image Credit © Gerry Thomas

As a hockey mom, I know how expensive it is to give our children the opportunity to play hockey. Not only hockey, but any sport. Playing sports not only gives them the chance to learn the ins and outs of the game, but it's so important in make-up of who they'll become. From developing their physical strength to life long friends, the lessons of teamwork to improving their self-esteem.

Through KidSport™ Calgary - a local non-profit organization - families that thought they couldn't put their children in sports, now can.

For Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau, he knows all too well that his parents worked hard to help him and his siblings play sports. His mom, Jane Gaudreau, wrote in a post on the Calgary Flames website that Johhny's brother Matt and him "played hockey all year round, soccer in the summer, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring."

I had the chance to talk to Gaudreau about his life of sports and how appreciative he was that he had that opportunity to play. Gaudreau said, "When I was growing up I just remember how expensive it was to put me and my brother, both through hockey, soccer, baseball... you name it. Growing up I had such a great childhood. I had hockey friends, soccer friends, baseball friends... all these different kinds of friends and teammates. I still have a lot of friendships from those teams I played on. Just thinking back now how expensive it is for these families to go through this... it's difficult. I want kids to experience what I had when I was growing up to play sports, and have teammates and build some great friendships."

For the kids, it's the chance to play these sports and build friendships and team work. For the parents, it's a wonderful opportunity to shape them into the people they will become. Gaudreau explains, "I wouldn't be where I am today without, first, my family and second my sports. It's a big part of my life. Big part of my families life. The bonds and the friendships you build around sports is pretty special." He went on to say that no matter who you are, every kid deserves to have that opportunity.

You can listen to the interview with Johnny Gaudreau HERE.
To learn more about KidSport™ visit http://www.kidsportcalgary.ca.

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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. Subscribe YouTube Here, 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



29.9.17

Tiny Footprints Gala with Katie Stajan

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Losing a child through miscarriage, still birth or neonatal death can be tough journey. The Tiny Footprints Gala is looking to help support those families in Calgary and surrounding areas who have had to cope with pregnancy or infant loss.

Last years event raised over $100,000 which went towards programs such as education videos for families and much needed miscarriage kits for all the emergency departments throughout Calgary. More importantly, it succeeded in creating a safe space to honour and celebrate the precious lives that have forever left footprints in our hearts.

Katie and Matt Stajan know this story all to well, having lost their son in 2014 after childbirth. Today, 2017 the Stajan's are working towards keeping his legacy alive by working together with The Tiny Footprints committee. After their loss they were fortunate enough to get pregnant shortly after and now have 2 1/2 year old Elliot.

Katie will be the emcee for this year's Tiny Footprints Gala at Telus Spark October 14, 2017. Christina Rowsell had the opportunity to talk to Katie. Listen to the interview HERE.


You can purchase tickets from the Calgary Health Trust by visiting www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/tinyfootprints. All proceeds will go to the pregnancy and infant loss programs of Alberta Health Services.



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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. Subscribe YouTube Here, 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



31.8.17

Kids Helping Kids 100 Kids Who Care Calgary

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
YouTube - Christina Rowsell

You only hope that your child grows up caring and giving. You hope they become people who make a difference in the world. One way to set them on that path is through the gift of giving. We, as parents, are responsible for teaching our children how to do that.

One way is through 100 Kids Calgary. It's a movement inspiring the next generation to GIVE!


Based on the same model as 100 Women Who Care Calgary, 100 Kids Who Care Calgary donate $10 to a local charity four times a year. The process teaches kids how to nominate a charity of their choice, talk about that charity and vote on who they thing is deserving of their own, hard earned, money!

Tristan and Zach, children of the founders Mike and Danielle Donovan had a chance to talk to Christina Rowsell on soft rock 97.7 to explain how it all works and why they want to give back.

You can see the YouTube video here.


To find out more visit www.100kidscalgary.com.

Next event is September 23, 2017 at Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics. Details here www.100kidscalgary.com.

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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. Subscribe YouTube Here, 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



28.8.17

Ethan Gamer Thanks

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
YouTube - Christina Rowsell

You know that saying, "If you don't ask you don't know." Sometimes it's fear of being rejected or the fear of asking for something that you shouldn't have asked for.

My son has been asking forever if he can get his own YouTube channel. I finally said yes, under one condition, he doesn't show his face. He doesn't need that right now. I want to see if he can first make his own videos, and if he can handle the pressure that comes with posting.

His first video was a success. On his own he found a company that can get a teaser video done for him as he only has QuickTime on his computer, and no video producing programs on is computer. And he did a GREAT job.

But, when it came to do his first audio video, he was terrified at the way he sounded. You know that feeling when you hear yourself for the first time and say, "Whoa... that's not my voice...is it?" He was disappointed that he sounded so young. I explained to him that the more he does it the more he'll get used to the sound of his voice and be able to record with confidence. (This from his mother who has 25 years experience as a radio announcer.)

But, advice from his mother wasn't what he wanted. He then showed me a young YouTube star called Ethan Gamer out of the UK with over a million subscribers. He wanted to know how he could be as good as him, as he's also 10, just like him. I explained that this little boy has been doing this for 3 years and that it took time for him to build up his audience.

So I thought, maybe a message from Ethan Gamer would help build up my sons confidence. I know that his Ethan Gamer TV twitter was monitored through his parents, so I thought it was worth a shot to send a tweet out... to see if maybe...just maybe I'd get a reply to pass onto my son! And I did!! And he replied to my son, leaving my son with a GREAT BIG SMILE on his face and the positive energy to continue! Thank you Ethan Gamer! You make my little YouTuber happy! More importantly...you inspired him to believe in himself!

Here's my YouTuber sons first produced video How To Install Minecraft Mods...caution to parents...you may not know what the heck he's talking about... but all the kids today are huge into Minecraft! LOL!




In appreciation to Ethan Gamer TV!



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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



17.8.17

YYC Xpress Yourself The Power of Validation

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

The power of validation allows us to accept our feelings, thoughts and experiences. It's also so very powerful for others to be validated. Sometimes that validation comes through others expressing their experiences which then navigates us to a place of acknowledgment for our own emotional journey.

Helping to move people forward, YYC Xpress Yourself is a new event in Calgary. It's a platform that gives people an opportunity to express themselves without judgement. Focusing on mental, spiritual, physical, financial and emotional health - this an event that invites speakers that have the tools to help others to have a happier life.

People want to feel human, accepted and loved. The events is also about giving people the support they need to grow and become who they were meant to be.

Here's the conversation I had with the founding members of YYC Xpress Yourself Uriel Light and Ella Clarens.


At YYC Xpress Yourself you can tell your story, do poetry, music, dance, comedy and more. 

At this event, the headliner is a Hay House Speaker. The next event in Calgary is Monday August 22, 2017 at the Triwood Community Association. For information click HERE.

There will also be a panel of 6 individuals who will share their success stories. 




Philosophy: We believe every human needs to express themselves freely without judgement.

Mission: Our mission is to heal people through words and create a safe strong support system.

Vision: Our vision is to raise awareness for mental, physical, spiritual, financial and emotional health by connecting individuals to the right TOOLS helping elevate their life.

Be sure to register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/yyc-xpress-yourself-open-seminar-tickets-36810053862.


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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



15.8.17

New Year for New Calgary Stampede Royalty Contest

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
The Brighter Side YYC

https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryStampedeQueenandPrincesses/

Being a part of our Western Heritage is something everyone can do. However, being a part of the Calgary Stampede Royalty takes special skills that are found through the Stampede Queen and Princess Contest.

Applications are due August 18, 2017 for the 2018 competition. In order to make it to through to the competition, you need pass the application process. You must be able to ride a horse and be able demonstrate your abilities by sending in a video or getting a riding instructor to sign and submit a letter with your application. For more questions visit their FAQ page here.

The 2017 Stampede Royalty Trio, Stampede Queen Meagan Peters, Princess Brittany Lloyd and Princess Lizzie Ryman are ready to hand over their crowns. I spoke with Lizzie who recalls her year on duty. Besides highlighting the many trips the Trio get to take over the course of the year, Ryman shares her favourite moment as a Stampede Princess - which includes a visit to the seniors home where she met a gentleman who was a past member of the Calgary Police service for 45 years.

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Ryman has aspirations to become a member of the Calgary Police force and explained that this senior was giving her tips on what to expect when she enters that field. When I spoke with Ryman she tells me more about her visit with this wonderful man, "He asked me to dance and after we sat down he told me about his wife who passed away five years ago and how they used to go out dancing all the time. He was thankful and grateful that he got to go for another dance [with me]. I was just teary eyed and I didn't want to leave because he was one of the most special people I met throughout my entire year. It's those little moments that really stick with you."

What a wonderful memory to share and cherish for the rest of her life. You just never know what the journey could look like if you have the opportunity to become Stampede Royalty.

Ryman shares with me her tip and advice she has for anyone who's looking to enter the competition, "Be genuine and be you! There is nothing else you can be and nothing else you can be better at. They're [Stampede Royalty Committee] not looking for a specific type of person. They're not looking for blond hair, brunette hair...none of that matters. Be you and let that personality shine through."

If you know someone who wants to experience the Calgary Stampede Royalty life, have them apply today! For more information you can visit their website at http://www.csroyalty.com/ and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Listen to the full interview with Lizzie Ryman, Calgary Stampede Princess 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



14.8.17

The Phantom of The Opera 2017 | Broadway Across Canada

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
The Brighter Side YYC



The first time you see a breathtaking Broadway show you walk away in awe and amazement. Back in 1992, The Phantom of The Opera was the first Broadway musical I had ever seen. It was a high school trip to Vancouver to see the production. I remember sitting in awe the whole time, on the edge of my seat mesmerized at the magical production Andrew Lloyd Webber brought to life.

Christina Rowsell Soft Rock Host
The Phantom of The Opera Calgary 2017
That was 25 years ago. As soon as I heard Broadway Across Canada was bringing the phenomenal masterpiece to Calgary I knew I had to go - but I wanted to experience it again for the first time - so I decided to bring my children. Although I was 19 when I saw it the first time, my boys aged 10 and 7 were not disappointed. In fact, my youngest told me, "This is the best play I've ever seen in my life." My giggle of the night came when they covered their eyes during the kissing scene asking, "Is it over yet!"

I love that my children had the opportunity to experience this show.



I was in awe of how much the production has grown with the stunning and spectacular scenery to the movement of each scene.

Phantom of The Opera - Masquerade - Photo by Alastair Muir
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The Phantom of The Opera - Hannibal - Photo by Matthew Murphy
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The vivid consumes, through the legacy of the meticulous designer Maria Björnson, truly shone through, bringing the romantic yet dark production alive. We saw a flawless production that left us with goosebumps. The spectacular chandelier is always a highlight and did not disappoint as it descends on the audience.

Concluding with a well deserved standing ovation as Christine and The Phantom of the Opera shared their final bow. Derrick Davis who graced the stage as The Phantom, left me with goosebumps through his powerful performance.

The Phantom of The Opera - Derrick Davis and Eva Tavares - Photo Matthew Murphy
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In the last 30 years, The Phantom of the Opera has broken box office records worldwide. It's a must see show for every generation.

Phantom of the Opera is in Calgary until August 20th. Learn more through Broadway Across Canada HERE. Tickets available through Ticketmaster 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



11.8.17

Puck Off Mental Illness | Kyle Patterson

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

While growing up, anxiety and depression became the normal for Kyle Patterson. Today, at 24, Patterson is doing something about it so others don't have to suffer. His anxiety was triggered by food allergies. When he was s child he was told that eating certain foods could literally kill him. At such a young age Patterson was scared of eating anything, bringing on the anxiety - turning into depression.

Patterson says, "Anxiety and depression took over my life at one point - and there's no worse feeling than that. This led me to missing classes and social events for many days in a row. Depression followed soon after. I missed out on countless opportunities in my life due to this. There would be days and sometimes weeks then I didn't have the strength to leave my own bedroom."

Fortunately for Patterson he has an amazing support group from his family and friends. They're also the ones standing behind him on his walk from Vancouver to Calgary for his awareness campaign Puck Off Mental Illness.

I had the chance to catch up with Patterson at the beginning of his journey. He explains some of the challenges he's going through to accomplish this walk. We also find out what he thinks about while he's walking and what gets him through day-by-day.

You can listen and watch the interview HERE on YouTube.


To donate to Puck Off Mental Health click HERE at GoFundMe. Plus find out more from https://puckoff.org/ and follow his journey on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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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...)

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