Partners for Safety - Calgary's Child Magazine

Partners for Safety by Calgary's Child Magazine
For the 18th year, Partners for Safety will be on patrol to ensure children are safe as they go door to door collecting candy. More than 800 vehicles will patrol Calgary streets from 6pm to 8pm, making sure this will be a safe Halloween.
Founded in 1995 by UNICEF, the Partners for Safety include the Calgary Police Service, Emergency Medical Services, Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Transit, Shaw TV, Calgary Animal and Bylaw Services and Calgary’s Child Magazine. Any child experiencing a problem can go to a partner for help.

Halloween safety tips:
§  Tell your parents which area you will visit and when you will be back.
  • Stay out of houses and cars unless parents permit.
  • Travel in groups down one side of the street before crossing to the other.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at intersections.
  • Avoid shortcuts through alleys, lanes or private property.
  • Check treats with an adult before eating them.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing.
  • Use makeup instead of masks, which can limit your vision.
  • Carry a flashlight.
The Partners for Safety remind all motorists to be extra cautious when driving on Halloween night!

For more on what's happening around Calgary for Halloween fun, visit Calgary's Child online.
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Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots by David Trahair

"A simple strategy that will help you enjoy the journey by taking the anxiety out of personal finance."
by Solange Nicholson - AJC Media Group

In the new book Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots: The Simplest Personal Finance Strategy Ever (Wiley; October 2012) author and chartered accountant David Trahair gives valuable advice on how to transform your personal finances, but also offers a refreshing take on how to live the life you want and find true happiness.

According to Trahair, being rich does not equate to being happy.  Although money can bring satisfaction and allows us to do the things that would otherwise be impossible, it’s attainment can also be the source of stress.  All too often, people get caught up in the quest to reach some magic dollar figure and end up slaving away and suffering to reach their goals.  Instead, says Trahair, life should be about enjoying the journey – not reaching the destination. 

Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots offers a simple strategy that will help you enjoy the journey by taking the anxiety out of personal finance.  It challenges the advice of financial institutions to invest and build your net worth and instead advises that you focus on cash flow.  The book shows you how to identify cash cows in your life that make you money everyday; cash pigs that constantly drain money from your pocket; and jackpots which are risky and rarely guaranteed.

Trahair argues that our biggest cash cow is ourselves as we have the ability to work and make money.  We therefore need to take care of ourselves by eating well, exercising and surrounding ourselves with people that bring us happiness.  He also takes us back to personal finance basics and gives us practical advice on homeownership vs. renting, living within our means, getting out of personal debt, and saving for retirement. 

It’s time for some financial advice that not only focuses on personal wealth but also considers our happiness along the way to reaching our goals.  Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots answers this need by giving us the tools to hit the jackpot in our financial as well as personal lives.

Pick up your copy of Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots: The Simplest Personal Finance Strategy Ever and bring back the enjoyment out of your life.

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Kre8tive Karma Gift Baskets Calgary

"We dream, explore and assemble exquisite baskets that bring priceless smiles & joy."

Well that sounds promising! Who wouldn't want to see someone smile after receiving a gift basket from the heart. There is certainly a vast amount of gift basket company to choose from. So how do you pick yours? Is it out of convenience? What ever is the quickest? Or, do you pick a company that fills the basket with goodies that reflect your personality and the personality of the recipient?

Meet Kre8tive Karma, a gift basket company out of Calgary. Who are they? The Kre8tive Karma duo, Kari Kershaw & Tracy Paley, reside in Calgary & Kananaskis County in beautiful Alberta. Both are mothers of two boys, adore the outdoors, have a competitive nature & a passion for a life where a wish can become an occupation of love. Each basket is meant to feel sweetly familiar and delightfully luxurious.  What's GREAT about their baskets is, all of the woven baskets that Kre8tive Karma uses come from Africa.  All baskets are handcrafted in the small village of Bolgatanga, Ghana.  Elephant grass grows along the riverbank, which is then woven into handcrafted baskets by the local villagers and sold in shops and markets an Canada.  The sisters of Kre8tive Karma are so fortunate to have the ability to hand pick each and every basket they use.

Here's what other's have said about Kre8tive Karma gift baskets ~ "The first time I received a baby basket from Kre8tive Karma, I was immediately impressed by the thoughtfulness of presentation and the quality of all products within. After receiving several more baskets, I began using her products for my own gift giving. I can always rely on Kre8tive Karma's prompt, efficient and friendly service." Jenilee Evans, Calgary AB

The Brighter Side is to bring you Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. Both Kari and Tracy would LOVE to share in your good news with their great idea and truly amazing baskets. They invite you to join them in celebrating the art of giving and the joy of convenience with Kre8tive Karma’s signature baskets or made to order custom ensembles. They do all this to help you make the most of times which make life irresistible; Exquisite Dinners, Unforgettable Holidays, Goodnight Kisses, New Beginnings, Quiet Moments, Spectacular Achievements…times no one wants to forget!

Visit Kre8tive Karma online, Facebook, and soon to come Twitter! Thanks for sharing The Brighter Side of life Kre8tive Karma!


Change the World Inspiration

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas CAN change the world. ~ John Keating

Children can change the world with words and ideas!
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JOI to The World

JOI to The World
by Tameeza Mitha

I always start off my blog posts sharing about how lucky I am. Lucky to have a fulfilling job, live a meaningful life and today to live in a city that prides itself on community involvement. Calgary is a city that is focused on helping individuals who face difficult circumstances all year round, through each of the seasons, there is always something going on in the City of Calgary that commits to helping Calgarians in need make their quality of life better.

The fall and winter seasons are especially dear to my heart because as holidays are near to approaching, many people are more willing to lend a hand, and really get involved in something that makes a difference. I have first hand experience in witnessing this because I am the lead coordinator for the JOI to the World campaign.

Founders Hafiz Mitha, Pheak Meas and Brock Murray, of JOI Media, a digital agency in Calgary, started the JOI to the World campaign in 2008. AT JOI Media, one of the most important aspects of the company is to give back. That is the main motivation behind the JOI to the World campaign. The campaign aims at spreading hope and happiness in the form of gift boxes to the city’s less fortunate.  This movement continues to encourage the City of Calgary to provide relief for both individuals and families currently facing difficult circumstances in their lives.

The campaign started in 2008, where we were able to give 350 boxes filled by the community to overlooked charities, in 2009 that number increased to 1000, in 2010 it went even higher to 3500 and in 2011 we filled 4000 boxes with the help of the community and raised $12,000 online through www.katipult.com

Our goal this year is to fill 5,000 boxes and raise $10,000 online. This is the 5th Annual so we want to ensure we hit our goal and have a successful year of spreading hope, happiness and awareness that Calgary does have a lot of individuals residing here that need help.

There are many shelters and organizations in Calgary that are overlooked, and who really need the help to support all of their residents. We try to focus on some of the smaller organizations that don't have the resources and try to make a difference for the couple of months we can. Not many people realize that the gift of a JOI to the World Box can reduce overhead costs for an organization for a month or so because the organization doesn't need to provide that resident basic necessities such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, etc. 

In addition to helping these organizations, these residents don't get many gifts throughout the holiday seasons like we do, and for them, its nice to be able to receive a gift from someone in the city, it gives them hope and that sense of feeling that someone does care. Many schools that get involved include notes in the boxes and Christmas cards wishing individuals a happy holiday season. For someone who may not have received any gifts all year round, one JOI to the World box can certainly make a difference in that person’s life. 

For more information or to fill a box contact me at tmitha@joimedia.com For those individuals who want to donate online or see the progress of our campaign, they can do so at: JOI to the World

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How to have a productive day

Finally a study proves that looking at cute baby animals increases your work productivity.  
See the study here.  
So here's to a productive day! 

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Thanksgiving Blessings

Enjoy your blessings this Thanksgiving weekend!  Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends!

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Girl Power

When we're little we don't expect things to be tough.  It's up to our parents to hold our hands when we cross the street, pick us up when we're down, and tuck us in with a bedtime story.  But, what happens when we grow out of the "little" in us?  And when it comes to girls, no one understands them more than other girls.  Which is why we want to introduce you to GirlPower.

GirlPower is a program designed to help girls understand girls. The goal of the program is to inspire young girls to feel empowered, develop a strong sense of self, and love themselves while maintaining healthy friendships/relationships. And when it comes to friends, it's never going to be perfect.  GirlPower will walk them through four Friendship Facts.  1.) No friendship/relationship is perfect.  2.) Every freindship is different.  3.) Trust and respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.  And 4.) Friendships change... and that's OK!  (Certainly sounds like a lessen even us grown up girls could use!!) 

I always said if there was a time in my life I didn't want to live again it was my tween years.  For me it was awkard, emotional AND FRUSTRATING.  I grew up in a family of boys, and they just didn't get it! 

GirlPower explores those overwhelming, hard-to-explain girl issues that consume the thoughts and emotions of girls, providing them with tools to comfortably manage conflict (which something I STILL have trouble doing today).  The program specifically focuses on the multifaceted culture of female relationships, including:

  • Why friendships are so important to girls
  • The difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships
  • How to stay true to who you are and embrace your true colors
  • The importance of standing up for yourself and how to do it without feeling mean
  • How to identify a toxic friendship and let it go
  • How to deal with 'girl bullies' using empathy and understanding
GirlPower is designed for the “Tween” girl, ranging from about 8 to 12 years old.  The hope is that girls will build a solid foundation of interpersonal skills, allowing them to foster healthy relationships before entering into the temperamental teenaged years.  GirlPower was created to teach young girls how to handle conflict without conceding to peer pressure and compromising who they are.  These skills will allow girls to be better prepared for the temptations and influence of teen life.  
Where was GirlPower when I was growing up!  This something we could all have used!  This IS Good News, a Great Idea with AMAZING people!  Thank you GirlPower!
If you want to learn more, visit GirlPower.   And please check out their ongoing events and programs that can get your started right away.  GirlPower Events - http://www.urstrong.com/events.asp

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Bravery, Courage and Friendship - The Taliban Don't Wave

“If the commercials are true and Disneyland is truly the happiest place on earth, and if everything in life must have an opposite, then the saddest place on earth must be Afghanistan. I once heard it described as the dark side of the moon, but with mines”
                                                                        -Rob Semrau, Author of The Taliban Don’t Wave

A story of Bravery, Courage and Friendship - The Taliban Don't Wave
by Solange Nicholson - AJC Media Group

The war in Afghanistan – Could there possibly be a “bright” side to a book about the brutal realities on the front lines of the Afghan conflict?   The Taliban Don’t Wave (Wiley & Sons; September 2012) by former Canadian soldier Rob Semrau, is a raw first-hand account that depicts the true nature of war.  Amongst the violence and sometime graphic combat stories however, are unforgettable moments of courage, bravery and true friendship.

There is incredible bravery when soldiers selflessly put their lives at risk to save a group of children playing on a haystack planted with IED’s (Improvised Explosive Device). 

There is unwavering courage when a group of Canadian soldiers run outside during an enemy mortar attack to try and save wounded Afghan National Army soldiers. 

And throughout the book, there are countless moments of true friendship and even levity in the face of combat between soldiers that live, fight and die together.

The author of Taliban Don’t Wave, Captain Rob Semrau, made international headlines when he was arrested for the alleged mercy killing of a grievously wounded Taliban soldier in the field.  In the ensuing court martial, he was found not guilty of murder but guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer, demoted in rank, and dismissed from the military.

Rob Semrau chose not to use his notoriety to sell a tell-all book about the alleged incident that led to his dismissal.  Instead, he chose to channel his energy into a book that would present the bigger picture to Canadians so they get a better understanding of the actual conditions the Canadian Forces operate in daily.  He hopes his book will also help in preparing troops before they go into battle and give them background on the support they need when they return to civilian life.

After reading The Taliban Don’t Wave, you won’t see a “bright side” to the War in Afghanistan.  There is no silver lining.  You will however, find compelling stories about amazing people and unforgettable character defining moments - Stories about the bravery, courage and friendship amongst soldiers.  As Rob Semrau himself puts it, the “Canadian Forces is made up of the best men and women that Canada has to offer, and I am incredibly proud to say there was a time when I was in charge of its soldiers.”

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