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.

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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
Photo permission via Broadway Across Canada

The Phantom of The Opera - Hannibal - Photo by Matthew Murphy
Photo permission via Broadway Across Canada
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...)

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



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







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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.