Kids Kinght - Alexanders Quest

by Alexanders Quest

As you know, Alexander’s Quest is a wonderful charity that was created to commemorate the beautiful but tragically short life of Alexander Edwin Brown who sadly succumbed to a rare but aggressive and cancerous brain tumour at the age of two. 

Alexander’s Quest was born from unimaginable loss and love that will never cease. It is from that love and endless determination that we have made it our mission to raise funds to find a cure for pediatric brain tumours; however, we cannot succeed in our mission without the generous support of people like you.

We have two exciting and different opportunities to help us raise funds for pediatric brain tumour research.

May is pediatric brain tumour month and Alexander’s Quest is hosting it’s 

Forth Annual Kid’s Knight event on May 31st 
at the Aero Space Museum

You can help by sponsoring an activity, donating to the silent auction, buying an advertising package or by purchasing event tickets which are $25.00/person.  

To sponsor or attend this event; please follow this link: www.KidsKnight.eventbrite.ca

Alexander’s Quest is also participating in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge and we need runners of all ages to sign up and fundraise for Alexander’s Quest. www.calgarymarathon.com

You can play an important role by signing up to run/walk in any of the distances in the marathon and choosing Alexander’s Quest as your charity of choice. We have a limited number of free registrations available for those who choose to fundraise for Alexander’s Quest and pledge to raise a minimum of $100.00. To claim your free registration code you must contact us before signing up for the race. You can run as an individual or create a team to run with you. Creating a team at work is a great way to bond and help a charity at the same time.

All money raised from both events will go directly to childhood cancer research focused on pediatric brain tumours including rare forms such as the ETANTR cell line that claimed Alexander’s life.

In order to complete this mission, we need your donation. We would be forever grateful if you could help us fund this crucial research. If you are interested, we will keep you informed with regular updates on the progress of our programs.

You can also make a direct donation by following this link: www.canadahelps.org

Please email Alexanders Quest at Info@AlexandersQuest.ca if you are able to help and/or if you would like more information. 



A Child's Voice Foundation

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

http://www.acvf.ca/Far too often we get wrapped up in our own trivial issues like not having the right shoes to wear.  Or driving in rush hour traffic to notice what is going on around us.  But thankfully there are amazing people who surround us with their love and compassion to helping others.

Meet A Child's Voice Foundation™.  They are a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and managing programs that tangibly support and enhance the physical and emotional well being of financially disadvantaged children in Canada who are facing illness or disability.

Since its doors opened in 1995, A Child’s Voice Foundation has worked to improve the lives of children across the country through its programs,  

Angel Hair for Kids® and Kids Life Line™ 

These unique programs provide children with necessary products and services not otherwise provided by health care plans, levels of government, or other organizations.

By working directly with health and social care professionals, 

"the foundation is able to reach children who are falling between the cracks and have no where else to turn. "

The financial challenges that arise when caring for a sick or disabled child can be overwhelming, and A Child’s Voice Foundation is determined to provide the necessary care and support when all other doors have closed. Their focus is to provide assistance that will enhance the quality of a child’s life that will have lasting, long term effects. 

All applications received are assessed on an individual basis and the child is placed into the program that will best fit their need.

To support and enhance the physical and emotional well-being of disadvantaged children by providing products and services not otherwise provided by levels of government, insurance, or other organizations. We strive to fill in the cracks, bridge the gap and 
open a door when all others have closed.

Our vision is for every child in Canada to receive the tangible support that they need to 
improve their quality of life.
We are committed to conduct ourselves with compassion, integrity and respect working in harmony with our community to fulfill our mission and vision.

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Cancer Chic

by Cancer Chic

Cancer Chic invites Calgary’s do-gooders & savvy social connectors to attend Cancer Chic’s 3rd Annual Silent Auction

Embrace your generous spirit and support young
women with cancer living in the Calgary area.

© Cancer Chic
CALGARY, AB – It’s Cancer Chic’s 3rd annual silent auction! On Wednesday, May 7th a fabulous group of Calgary’s committed charity supporters will come together in support of Cancer Chic’s biggest silent auction yet.  There will be wine and antipasti to energize our bidders.

Held in SW Calgary at Mercato West (873 85 St SW), this event promises to tempt guests with fresh Italian fare from the talented kitchen while paired with delicious wines. Attendees will enjoy bidding on 40 plus amazing auction items.   How about a fly-fishing day trip for 4?  Ready to own a paddleboard?  Or, why not enjoy a luxurious spa-like treatment at home?   With 175 guests attending, competition will be intense!

Led by Cancer Chic’s Executive Director and Founder, Karla Laing, ticket-holders are guaranteed to have a fun-filled and memorable evening, while raising funds for an important cause.  “This year’s goal is to raise over $25,000.  Proceeds from the event will help us expand Cancer Chic’s efforts in the programs we offer for young women with cancer,” says Karla.

Cancer Chic was an idea that was borne while Karla was undergoing chemotherapy treatments.  She recognized there was a gap in the programs offered to for young women with cancer.

The women who attend the workshops are between the ages of 20 - 50 and are at various stages of a cancer diagnosis.  The focus is to provide relevant and timely information about survivorship, chemical free make-up and beauty products, hair loss, plus fitness during and after treatment. The facilitators, cancer survivors and specialists, deliver upbeat and realistic stories about their own personal cancer journeys.

Event information:

  • Italian fare cooked up fresh from Mercato’s kitchen
  • Wine from Merlo Vinoteca
  • Timing:  7-11 p.m.
  • Auction closes at 9:30 p.m.
  • Tickets are $75 and include one glass of wine & food
  • Available from www.cancerhic.eventbrite.ca

About Cancer Chic:
Cancer Chic is a non-profit charity with a mission to offer young women with cancer the knowledge to make mindful choices about survivorship, chemical free body care products, hair-loss and the benefits of fitness during and after cancer.  By taking this approach during cancer, women are able to gain relevant information that assists them during their own personal cancer journey.
For more information please visit:

About the Silent Auction:
The annual Cancer Chic Silent Auction continues a tradition that started in 2012, of bringing together the Calgary community to raise funds and awareness in support of Cancer Chic and its innovative workshops and programs.

Cancer Chic contacts:
Karla Laing:  Karla@cancerchic.ca
Christine Francoeur:  Christine@cancerchica.


Teen repays his Father's debt

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

We know in our hearts that there is GOOD in this world!  There are AMAZING people who make us smile.  And this is just one of those stories.  "This is one Apple who wants nothing to do with the tree."  A teen boy repays his fathers debt.  WOW!  Grab a tissue!



Green Calgary - David Suzuki

by Christina Rowsell
via Green Calgary Patricia Cameron

Canadian environmental icon, Dr. David Suzuki is donating his time to help local environmental charity Green Calgary celebrate Earth Day 2014.


The Earth Day Event, Wednesday, April 23, will be held at the Red and White Club and includes a presentation by Dr. Suzuki, screening of Professor Ian Mauro’s film “Climate Change in Atlantic Canada,” and a panel Q&A  session with Suzuki, Mauro, and local representatives:  Dr. Joe Vipond, (an emergency room doctor and  member of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment), and executive director of Green Calgary, Patricia Cameron.

"It's exciting to partner with Green Calgary on this event” says Mauro, “Climate change is the paramount issue of our time; it's happening now all over the country and globe, and Calgarians know this better than most after last year's flood. Both Dr. Suzuki and myself look forward to engaging citizens in discussion regarding the impacts, opportunities and leadership required to navigate our collective future".

Cameron says “Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Mauro are making an incredible contribution at a time when the work of Green Calgary is more important than ever.  This spring we are again seeing flooding impacting Calgary families and businesses and the insurance industry tracking and research indicates extreme weather events are increasing. Calgarians need to be prepared.”

To address storm water issues, Green Calgary will be launching its RAIN home visit program at the April 23 Earth Day event. “A certified RAIN Consultant assists home owners to identify their home’s storm water management and flood risk issues, and develop a plan to address these.

RAIN’s key messages are ‘Slow it down; Soak it up; Keep it clean.’ Calgarians are eager to take action and be part of the solution.  The RAIN program is a great way to do both.”

To make the program widely available, Green Calgary is offering the first 100 RAIN home visits free of charge.  Intact Canada is a major funder of the RAIN program.

For more details visit www.greencalgary.org
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Brighter Business Empower's Profile Christina Rowsell

by Sheri Bruneau
Brighter Business Empower Inc.

The tables are turned this week for Brighter Business Empower! Typically Christina Rowsell is the host but this week - I got to interview her! 

She wears many hats:  mom to two small young boys, wife, mid-day radio announcer, the blogger behind The Brighter Side YYC, Vice President of Brighter Business Empower AND Editor of Brighter Business Empower Magazine!
Although Christina wears many hats her values come shining through – no matter what project she is working on.
Listen to Christina’s story! http://bit.ly/1hNKL2p

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Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Evening of Hope Fundraiser

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side
via Muscular Dystrophy Evening of Hope

Over 50,000 Canadians live with a neuromuscular disorder and Muscular Dystrophy Canada aims to help them lead a better quality of life.

One way to help out is through fundraising efforts.  The Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Evening of
© Alan Frew
Hope is taking place on Thursday, May 1st at 6:00 pm at the Westin Hotel in Calgary.  A night to remember!  Plus the evening will feature a live performance by 5 time Juno Award winner Alen Frew, formerly of Glass Tiger!  Get your tickets HERE

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a non-profit organization founded in 1954 by a group of parents, Fire Fighters and friends of children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They operate in cities and communities across Canada and have active volunteer driven chapters in major cities in each province. Their Board of Directors is drawn from across the country and represents the full spectrum of individuals involved with our organization. 

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (one our of 150 plus forms of MD) is the number one genetic killer among boys.  The funds that will be collected through The Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Evening of Hope will be used to support individuals and families living with neuromuscular disorders, fund vital research for leading therapies and one day... a cure.

For more information click HERE.