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

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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
Photo permission via Broadway Across Canada

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