Calgary's Child Magazine In Conversation

by Christina Rowsell

Welcome to the first audio show with Calgary's Child Magazine. Calgary's Child is the trusted source for news and information for families in and around Calgary.

I had the chance to talk to Patty Kilgallon chief executive officer with The Children's Cottage Society.  They are dedicated to preventing harm and neglect to children and to build strong families through support services.  We're at a time of year where we see families come together to celebrate the season, but it's not easy for everyone.  The Children's Cottage ensures that children in our community have strong foundations for healthy physical and emotional development.  I asked patty for some tips for families who want to make sure they're providing this for their children.  Patty takes us through a conversation that reminds us to ask for help.

Patty reminds us that today's families are doing their best for their children.  At this time of year it's a good reminder that everyone needs physical activity, nutrition and to do everything in moderation. Sometimes stress issues start to get to the point where parents become irritable and sometimes take it out on their children.  This is when we need to take a step back and reach out to support systems. The Children's Cottage is there for families who don't have that support in place.  Listen to the interview for some great reminders about reaching out for help. Visit http://childrenscottage.ab.ca/.

We also talked to Tammy Johnston. Tammy is a financial advisor and author of A Financial Foundations Story.  Tammy takes a holistic approach to working with their clients.  Tammy came up with the concept of Financial Foundations. Tammy focuses on educating her clients on how money works and how to ask questions.  The one question that she always gets is, "Do you have anything I can use to teach my children?"  Well – yes she does.  That is when Tammy came up with the concept of Financial Foundations.  

With the tough economy right now and Christmas around the corner, Tammy has some great tips on the interview on how to start the conversation with our children and letting them know that this Christmas might be different from last year.  For more information visit www.thefinancialguides.com

Plus, Ellen Percival, Publisher of Calgary's Child gives us some great tips on how to have the perfect picture with Santa.  Ellen reminds us that Santa's elves are trained professionals!  Visit www.calgaryschild.com

Join the conversation at https://soundcloud.com/user-276177695/calgaryschilddec-2015.

by Christina Rowsell ~
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, 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 ChristinaRowsell.com.


German Supermarket EDEKA Commercial

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

What does family mean to you?  Although we all live busy lives, the warm memories of loved ones comforts our soul.  This commercial from a supermarket in Germany EDEKA really reminds us to reach out to those you love! Grab a tissue - I had to watch it twice to get through the tears.

by Christina Rowsell ~
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, 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 ChristinaRowsell.com.


Jack Henry Hilton Typhoon Fighter Pilot WWII

by Christina Rowsell
via ChristinaRowsell.com

© Jack Henry Hilton
Jack Henry Hilton, a 96 year old Typhoon Fighter Pilot from WWII with the Royal Canadian Air Force will be signing his new book, “The Saga of a Canadian Typhoon Fighter Pilot.”

Hilton was recently awarded the Knight of Legion of Honour Medal from the Government of France. Even though he has received numerous medals, Hilton does not consider himself a hero. He says, “The real heroes are the ones that didn’t come home.”

During the second World War, Hilton experienced being shot down, had anti-aircraft fire sandblasts and crash landed more times than he would like to talk about. But, its the men that didn’t come home that live in his memory. Hilton’s squadron lost half of their pilots every 90 days. Of the 28 men he deployed with, Hilton was one of only 8 that returned.

His story is one that movies are made of. This Airdrie, Alberta veteran admits that he doesn’t “deserve all this attention.” On October 9, 2015, Hilton received the French Legion of Honour Medal for his services at the Alliance Francaise in downtown Calgary.

You are invited to WWII Veteran Jack Henry Hilton’s book signing.
The Saga of A Canadian
 Typhoon Fighter Pilot
by Jack Henry Hilton

Late January, Chapters at Cross Iron Mills - I'll keep you posted on the exact date and timing. 

“The Saga of a Canadian Typhoon Fighter Pilot” is also available at Chapters/Indigo to order from their kiosk in softcover: http://bit.ly/1QHTeKa and in Kindle format at:http://amzn.to/1HslVsC

See Jack on CTV News here https://youtu.be/thD6iqkDkDU


Halloween Partners For Safety Calgary's Child Magazine

by Christina Rowsell
via Calgary's Child Magazine

Halloween is on a Saturday this year!  Trick-or-Treaters will be out in full force.  We want to make sure that children stay safe!  For the 21st year, the Calgary Partners for Safety will be patrolling our streets with easy access to help.


For Costume Safety, Trick or Treating Tips, and Tips for Grown Up, visit www.calgaryschild.com


Princesses and SuperHeroes Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta

On Saturday, October 17, Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta will be presenting our inaugural Princesses and Superheroes Family Gala. “We are very excited to celebrate 20 years of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions,” says Kim Anthony, CEO, Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta. 

All Princesses and Superheroes will share in a magical experience by walking the red carpet, enjoying a gala dinner and family dance, and joining their favourite Princesses and Superheroes for a live-action musical performance. 

The real Superheroes are our wish children.  We will have a special guest participating in our Family Gala.  Wish kid, Sean, will be the DJ for the Family Dance.  Sean’s wish was to meet Deadmau5 who had inspired him to try DJ’ing.  Sean’s wish to meet Deadmau5 came true and now he wants to give back to Make-A-Wish by providing his DJ services for our Princesses & Superheroes Family Gala.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Southern Alberta. 

WHAT:             Make-A-Wish Southern AB Princesses & Superheroes Family Gala
WHEN:             Saturday, October 17, 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
WHERE:           TELUS Spark, 220 St Georges Dr. NE, Caglary, AB

Get your event tickets now:
Regular Price:
Adults: $175.00
Children: $100.00
Table (seats 8): $1100

Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.


Companies That Are Leading The Way For Gender Equality

by Aimee King

Image Credit Pixabay
Despite the great strides that have been made towards global gender equality in recent years, the gap between men and women is still shockingly wide. As The Guardian reported last fall, it will take 81 years for the worldwide gender gap to close if progress continues at the current rate. As of last year, women had just 60 percent of the standing of men worldwide—taking into consideration factors such as female economic participation, education, health, and political involvement. 

While some countries, such as Iceland and Finland, have managed to significantly close their gender gaps, others are lagging behind. For instance, the UK has dropped six places on the WEF Global Gender Gap Index since the 2013 report, coming in 26th on the list of most gender equal societies. Meanwhile, in the US, women only earn about 78 cents to a man’s dollar—a number that is even lower for those females who are black or Latina, 
as reported by CNN

In order to effect change for women across the globe, many corporations and individuals are addressing gender inequality in various ways, whether it be within their own business or beyond the walls of the workplace. Here are several companies who are working to combat gender stereotypes by promoting equality through their products, wages, and initiatives. 


Marc Benioff, CEO of the US cloud-based software company, made news recently when he announced he would be examining the salaries of all 16,000 Salesforce employees to make sure both men and women are being compensated fairly. He’s already given some women raises after finding differences in their pay but expects to hand out more, 
according to Financial Post. Benioff said that by the time the process is complete, there would no longer be a pay gap. He added, “My job is to make sure that women are treated 100 percent equally at Salesforce in pay, opportunity and advancement.”

Tootsa MacGinty

Founded in 2011 by fashion veteran Kate Pietrasik (who had previously designed for brands such as Hilfiger and Roxy), this company was born out of a direct response to gender stereotypes. Upon moving to England, Pietrasik was disappointed to find that any sort of fashionable children's clothing featured in stores was usually segregated by gender. Taking things into her own hands, she launched 
Tootsa, a brand that focuses on creating pieces that are “bright and cheerful and as colorful as a paintbox” rather than those that are geared toward only boys or girls. In the short time since its inception, the clothing company has expanded to include an adult collection as well. They now offer knitwear that can be worn at any age and by any gender. 

Calvert Investments

In 2004, the US investment company launched the 
Calvert Women’s Principles (CWP), the first global code of corporate conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing, and investing in women. Designed to provide companies with specific, measurable goals for achieving gender equality in areas such as pay, hiring, and career development, CWP offers corporations a set of standards against which they can assess and improve their performance toward women’s empowerment. 

L'Oreal Canada

This past June, 
L’Oreal Canada received EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) “MOVE” Certification, becoming the first company in Canada, as well as the first subsidiary of the L’Oreal Group, to do so. The goal of the EDGE assessment and certification process is to create a balanced workplace for both men and women, enabling companies to accurately reflect on how they are performing at both a country and global level. During the certification process, L’Oreal’s gender policies and practices were thoroughly reviewed and more than 700 employees were surveyed on gender equality in regards to company culture, compensation, promotion, leadership roles, and flexible work environment. Marjolaine Rompre, Director of Learning and Diversity at L’Oreal Canada noted the company’s delight at receiving EDGE Certification, adding that “diversity and equality has always been at the heart of L’OrĂ©al Canada’s values. We are extremely proud of having attained the “MOVE” level of certification and are committed to implementing innovative solutions to further develop gender equality.” 

Think, Act, Report Campaign

Since its launch in September of 2011, the 
Think, Act, Report (TAR) campaign has garnered the support of over 140 major companies, including IBM, Tesco, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, and many more. Introduced by the UK government in order to help close the gender gap, the initiative encourages companies to think about gender equality, take action to promote opportunities in their workplaces, and report on what they are doing. Nearly half of the participating companies have completed an equal pay audit in the last year, and 66 percent are doing more to encourage female talent within their company. Such actions include introducing mentoring and sponsorship schemes, putting in place targeted development programs, and encouraging women to take high-profile jobs.

Aimee King - Freelance
Aimee King is a freelance writer with an interest in gaming, women's health and gender equality. When she's not writing you can find her hiking with her dogs or reading. She resides in the Pacific Northwest.  Twitter @AmieeDKing


Stop Anxiety Now Before It Takes Over

by Christina Rowsell
via www.libertyforrest.com

Upcoming Event

When: Oct 17 10-6pm (Registration 9:30 a.m.)
Where: Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail S

Tickets in advance: http://bit.ly/1OjmsxY
$97 regular ticket
$197 VIP - includes 30-day online meditation course, two books, four weekly live online training sessions and more.

Your beliefs are like the operating system running quietly in the background of your life, responsible for every thought you think and every choice you make. They create an average of 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day, and the anxious ones deliver toxic, potentially lethal messages to every cell in your body.

With the worrying rise in anxiety disorders causing an increase in physical health problems and taking a toll on personal and family life, a weekend workshop is being offered for women who are in desperate need of learning tools that can reduce or eliminate anxiety, helping them to be happier, healthier, and to encourage anxiety-reducing techniques and behaviours in their families.

Visit www.libertyforrest.com for more information. 

Photo Credit - © www.christinarowsell.com
Having ongoing anxious thoughts can be deadly. Of great concern is the fact that anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental illness of the 21st century. Our fast-paced, super-digital, antisocial lifestyle is causing increasing stress and anxiety in our culture, which can lead to a lengthy list of potentially life-threatening health problems such as weight gain, cardiovascular problems, increased blood pressure, suppressed immune system, heart disease, sleep disturbances, reproductive and growth problems, impaired cell regeneration - and so much more.

Award-winning author and life strategist Liberty Forrest knows all too well how anxiety can destroy life and health. Growing up in an extremely abusive, frightening environment, by the age of 9 she was experiencing terrifying panic attacks. Leaving home at 16, by her late teens she was a divorced single parent struggling with several anxiety disorders, such as OCD, agoraphobia, anorexia and an addiction.

Forrest says, “One of the steps to getting rid of these disorders was understanding that my thoughts were sending chemical messengers throughout my body in every moment. The anxious thoughts were causing some pretty serious physical health problems. Learning which thoughts were the culprits - and what I could do to change them - made a big difference.”

Photo Credit - © Christina Rowsell
Ultimately, Forrest discovered how to overcome the anxiety disorders, but not before they had taken a significant toll on her health. This included a debilitating heart problem when she was in her 30s. Having heard of people who cure themselves of cancer and other ailments, Forrest swore she would figure out how to be one of them. After much research and experimentation, she has dramatically improved her health and now helps others conquer their anxiety.

Award-Winning author and Huffington Post contributor, Liberty Forrest, has written several inspirational and motivational books covering a range of self-development, healing and empowering topics. Her compelling book, The Power and Simplicity of Self-Healing, based on her own remarkable story, has been changing lives and helping people find hope and healing in several countries around the world. Liberty's background is in social work and counselling, later adding hypnosis to her bag of tricks to further help her clients. For five years, she appeared approximately monthly on Sue Marchant's evening show on BBC Radio doing psychic phone-ins for listeners, and worked as a medium on stage connecting audience members with loved ones in spirit. Currently, she resides in Calgary, where she specializes in helping speakers and performers all over the world in conquering anxiety so they can be more confident on stage.

Photo Credit - © Christina Rowsell

© liberty forrest 2014
liberty forrest is the Owner and Founder of Quantum Lightworkers and Healing, and the Quantum Lightworkers Healing Method.
She is also the author of several books. As well as writing for Huffington Post, her articles have appeared in numerous publications in many parts of the globe, including Canada, USA, London UK, South Africa, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and more. From 2011-2013 she had a weekly column in the Dubai branch of “Hello!” Magazine.
Visit liberty online at www.libertyforrest.com


World Suicide Prevention Day

By Laura
Via Facebook

It's World Suicide Prevention Day

Photo © www.christinarowsell.com
I've had to deal with this issue first hand many times with students over the years. What to do? It can be anyone you know or hang out with on a regular basis.

Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. Just something to think about. Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most?
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Did you know the three hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and help me?

Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile to see how much pain they may be in. I will also add that sometimes the smile and giving to others is what keeps them pushing forward.

To all my friends who are going through some issues right now... We all need positive intentions right now. Give a moment of support to all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares... nobody is immune. You're not alone.

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Kids Can Save Money Too | Financial Learning For Children

by Tammy Johnston
The Financial Foundations

Well like it or not summer is coming to an end and the start of school is right around the corner.  To help kids get the education they need (and want) get your hands on the Financial Foundations Children’s Financial Books series to give kids a major boost in the real world.

Kids will learn about:
          How money works
          Goal setting
          Simple and effective budgeting
          Understanding the facts about credit
          How daily choices affect their lives
          Long term perspective and balance

The books are fully and beautifully illustrated which grab and keep kids’ attention.  While the target audience is 8 to 12 year olds, I have had kids as young as 3 read the books with their parents and start understanding the topics.  Teenagers have also been getting the books to supplement their CALM 20 course,  and adults have also purchased the books and given me rave reviews on the content and illustrations.  The have been given rave reviews by My Real Review and have received 5 Star reviews by Reader’s Favorite.  Tammy and the books have been featured on Trending on Shaw, CTV, Global, 630 CHED, News 660, and CBC The Home Stretch.  http://www.thefinancialguides.com/books/media/

As part of my commitment to supporting good works and charity, $10 from the set of every book is going to World Vision Canada to assist with their programs assisting kids around the globe.  The books are ready and available to be shipped as soon as the order is received:  http://www.thefinancialguides.com/books/buy/

Thank you so much for supporting kids in their learning, kids around the world via World Vision, and my dream of making the world a better and more educated place in some small way.  

“The Financial Guides” was founded by Tammy Johnston, a financial advisor who take a holistic approach to working with their clients. With over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, Tammy focuses on first educating her clients on how money works and how to ask questions. Through many years of hearing students in the Financial Journeys class ask: “Where were you when I was a kid?” and “Do you have anything that I can use to teach my children?” Tammy came up with the concept of Financial Foundations. These books are fully illustrated, and intelligent while still at a kid’s level, and can be read by the kids alone or with their parents.