#GoodTurn with Scouts Canada

Potential good deeds are all around us just waiting to happen! Scouts from across the country are challenging Canadians of all ages to help spread goodwill during Good Turn Week, April 29 – May 7by doing a Good Turn for a friend, family member, neighbour or the community, and encouraging the recipient to pay it forward. A simple gesture of kindness can be as easy as giving up your seat on the bus or helping a neighbour carry their groceries, or as ambitious as organizing a clean-up of a local park. One good deed is all it takes to make a difference and inspire others, creating a cycle of goodwill that will spread across Canada! To learn more about Good Turn Week and to participate, visit www.scouts.ca/goodturn.

Everyone can share their Good Turns at Scouts.ca/goodturnweek, or on social media by using #GoodTurnWeek and by tagging @ScoutsCanada from Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Shore Cleanup at Kits Beach

For some, the environment is a passing interest, but for Sara Bauman, it is not only what she loves, but what drives her choices and creativity. Sara has been an avid environmentalist since the ripe age of three. “Balloons are bad,” she said to store clerks who were giving away balloons. “Don’t you know after they deflate they end up in the ocean and hurt animals?” 10 years later, her passion for cleaning up the oceans has only continued. This year, Sara is training for her Bat Mitzvah, the ritual marking a girl’s passage from childhood to adulthood in the Jewish religion. Aside from intense Hebrew and Judiac studies, she has to plan, organize, and execute a community service close to her heart. Naturally, the oceans call and she is cleaning up her favourite Vancouver Beach where she spends many summer days. Join her and her crew clean up Kits Beach and help to celebrate Sara’s fourth beach clean up. The event takes place on April 23rd, from 10am until noon, starting at 1499 Arbutus Street. Meet at the playground and prepare to get to work! Don’t worry about getting dirty either, because tongs, garbage bags, and gloves are all provided. So join the shore cleanup to keep our oceans safe and healthy while supporting Sara in her path to adulthood.

Healthy Family Expo!

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Healthy Family Expo has the answers for busy Metro Vancouver parents at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday, March 26th!

THIS EVENT TURNS THE TYPICAL EXPO ON ITS HEAD! Parents can taste and shop their way around 200+ exhibitors, including the Whole Foods Market Zone, London Drugs Health Zone, Toyota Outdoor Living Zone, West Coast Kids Healthy Baby Zone, Green Living Zone and more. But it’s the kids who will be blown away by the enormous Active Kid Zone, with a giant hamster ball track, rock climbing wall, Springfree Trampolines, run bike and sportball areas, Tumblebus & TumbleTown, Science World fireball show, Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan, Bobs & LoLo and Jessie Farrell concerts and very popular meet & greets with CBC Kids favourites Daniel Tiger & Super WHY!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 26th and grab your 2-for-1 Expo tickets online for a limited time with promo code WCF241, and you will be entered to win the early bird Springfree Trampoline prize! First 200 adults through the door will receive an adult ticket to Science World and partial proceeds of ticket sales support the Canadian Autism Network.

WCF - 200 x 200 #1 for blog postSharing is caring, so the Healthy Family Expo is giving away thousands in pre-expo prizes leading up to the $15,000 Grand Prize Showcase to be won at the main event on March 26th, including a one-year lease on a Toyota Prius c.

To get involved in the fun:

  1. Join the Expo Facebook Event to RSVP to win thousands in prizes from Expo partners at their March 23rd Facebook Party!
  2. Grab 2-for-1 Expo tickets for a limited time using promo code WCF241 (click for tickets!).
  3. Grab VIP Expo tickets to get a loaded gift bag and skip the line at the door! Only 100 available (click for tickets!).

WAMS Foundation Fundraiser!

It is that time a year again! The WAMS Foundation, Walk a Mile In Our Shoes, is hosting its 5th annual fundraiser at the Roundhouse community center on March 3rd! The WAMS foundation seeks to help MS sufferers fund alternative treatments, and with a country with some of the highest MS rates in the world, it is important that patients have options.

The fundraiser supports a different person each year, and this year it is for a woman named Shaneel. Shaneel is a wife, daughter and sister who has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for 12 years. She was diagnosed in 2005, just 6 days before her 25th birthday. At the time, she had her full independence working full time in the financial field with aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder.

Her initial symptoms that led her to visit the doctor was a combination of unusual feelings, which included numbness and tingling in her fingers along with a lack of balance and daily fatigue. Just days after her visit to the doctor and MRI tests, the results had proven that Shaneel has Multiple Sclerosis. This was just the beginning of the journey she was about to be faced with. Shaneel is severely affected by this horrible disease and needs our help to raise money for treatment in Mexico.

We ask that please purchase you tickets now by following the link below, as it assists us in having adequate food and libations for everyone (including of course, jello shooters). If you can’t attend but would still like to support Shaneel, please do so by clicking on the link and purchasing a ghost ticket or two.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lyle-construction-presents-wams-5th-annual-fundraiser-tickets-31270369517?utm_term=eventurl_text

As a reminder, the WAMS foundation is a volunteer run not for profit organization. No one takes a salary and every penny earned goes to those who need it most.

Sleep Out to Support Covenant House

On any given night there are between 500 and 1000 young people living on the streets in Vancouver. Vancouver’s downtown streets are dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace. Many youth are re-victimized on the streets, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances are often worse. Exposed to the elements, lonely, afraid and without hope; this is the reality for kids on the street. Your support will enable Covenant House to connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care.

On May 4, 2017, women will unite in the spirit of motherhood, and sisterhood, to share love and comfort with homeless young people. You can, too. Reserve a sleeping bag. Let your life be touched by a young person who needs to know you care. The Sleep Out: Mothers Edition is a specific call to action for women to spend one night sleeping on the street to raise funds to support our Street Outreach Program.You can help by making a donation to support a Sleep Out participant.

Join the Sleep Out movement and make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of homeless youth.

When: May 4, 2017 | 7pm – 7am

Where: 575 Drake St, Vancouver BC, V6B 4K8

Learn more about the Sleep Out

Christmas at Hycroft!

You will LOVE Christmas at Hycroft! There’s loads to see and do as you wander through all the nooks and crannies of the beautiful Edwardian mansion. Learn about this stunning building in the centre of Vancouver that has been a part of local history, and mystery too! (Word has it that the place is haunted…)

Inside you’ll find ALL THREE FLOORS decked in seasonal splendour thanks to our fabulous in-house decorators and corporate decorators, and the excellent variety of unique boutiques, crafters and over 25 local Artisans. Outside, Hycroft’s  Courtyard is a buzz of activity with entertainment, vendors, Emelle’s Catering Trailer and the traditional “Kitchen Creations” located in the Coach House. Don’t miss all those tasty snacks!

Tickets are $15 per person, but kids under 13 are free. The event runs from November 17th-20th and is open daily from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm. For more information, visit Christmas at Hycroft. 

New MS Breakthroughs and WAMS Luncheon

From potential stem cell treatments to new biomarker discoveries, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s vice president of research Dr. Karen Lee says the research work in multiple sclerosis continues to unveil new promising breakthroughs on a regular basis. “It is thrilling to see the kind of ground-breaking developments happening in MS research right nowwe are confident that more answers and improved treatments are on the horizon,” says Dr. Lee who will be attending this year’s Women Against MS (WAMS) luncheon in Vancouver.

Dr. Lee, who oversees day-to-day research operations and provides leadership for a broad range of initiatives around finding a cure and improving the quality of life for people who are affected by this chronic disease, gives an example of a new breakthrough presented at a recently held international MS research conference.

The study, presented at the 2016 European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) Conference showed that certain biomarkers found in the blood could detect levels of nerve damage in MS, Lee explained. Researchers from Switzerland looked at levels of the biomarker, and found that levels were high in people with MS, and were linked to the number of lesions, relapses, and disability. This biomarker holds promise in detecting and assessing disease progression in MS.

On November 17th, 2016, the MS Society of Canada will host the second annual Women Against MS (WAMS) luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. Through MS research-focused fundraising, WAMS strives to unite women to fight against a disease that universally and disproportionately affects women up to three times more than men. 

WAMS is a collective of professional women committed to raising research funds to end MS while participating in exclusive networking opportunities. The luncheon attracts leading professionals and organizations from a wide range of industries in support of the movement to end MS. In addition to supporting one of Canada’s leading health charities, the WAMS luncheon provides table purchasers and sponsors high profile exposure.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 40 and the unpredictable effects of MS can last for the rest of their lives. “Last year’s event raised over $85k for MS research thanks to those who attended. We are thrilled to be holding this event for a second time to continue this movement and bring together strong, passionate individuals who are fighting for such an important cause”, shares Tania Vrionis, MS Society of Canada, BC & Yukon President.

Ticket prices vary from $125 and up. For more information on this important event, or to buy tickets, visit: www.wamsbc.ca 

Canadian History in Miniature Trains!

With the holiday season approaching and memories of train sets under Christmas trees endlessly looping in parents’ heads, now is the time to introduce this age-old tradition to a whole new generation of children. Trains are deeply rooted in Canada’s history and much can be learned from exploring their contribution to our country. The first Canadian transcontinental was completed in 1885, simplifying long-distance overland travel. From then until the 1950s, trains were the transportation workhorses of society. After commercial airlines took off, trains and planes fought for passenger business with airlines replacing trains as the glamorous way to travel. Evidence of the esteem rail travel had in earlier times exists in the opulence of restored railway stations.

Exploring the world of model trains can be fun for the whole family! This year’s Vancouver Train Expo from Nov 5-6 at the PNE Forum has something for everyone, including an opportunity for kids to experience hands-on the grand past-time of another millennium, and for parents to gain exposure to the state-of-the-art technology of today’s new trains. The Expo represents the contribution railways made, and continue to make, to Canadian history and culture. Model railroading is a rewarding hobby that ranges from pushing wooden trains around on the floor to replicating a part of our history in miniature, sometimes re-enacting a particular time and date, and adhering to the same rule book and procedures as the real railroad did in that day.

Vancouver Train Expo will feature trains made from scratch by hobbyists with metal working skills, and others produced by 3D printers. In addition to a variety of interactive train displays such as Thomas & Friends, Vancouver Train Expo will offer mini-rail train rides, LEGO® displays and balloon twisters – the perfect family outing for a pre-Christmas weekend. It will appeal to kids who are fascinated with small working mechanisms, and parents who enjoy learning the various technical and artistic skills that are part of this endeavour.

Don’t miss the Vancouver Train Expo. Visit www.vancouvertrainexpo.ca.

Screen Education at the Vancouver Baby and Family Fair

In today’s world, children as young as two are using digital technology and could be exposed to risk, says Outsmarting Your Kids Online acclaimed and bestselling Canadian book author Amber Mac, who is coming to Vancouver for the Vancouver Baby & Family Fair happening October 29 and 30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Described as the ultimate handbook for parents, the book, which is co-authored by Internet security expert Michael Bazzell who spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator, covers topics ranging from understanding social media concerns and tomorrow’s technology trends to reporting digital bullies or even sexual predators. Critics have labelled the resource as an “easy and empowering read” for those parents and guardians looking to find dozens of free resources that simplify and automate in-depth searching of their children’s social network activity.

“We are so excited to have Amber at our show and talking about such an important issue that is often overwhelming for parents who don’t even know where to begin when it comes to monitoring their children’s social networking habits,” says Fair producer, Virginia Ritchie.

Don’t miss the fair and all the fun, with other activities, events, and more!

Vancouver Baby & Family Fair
When:
Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30
Where:Vancouver Convention Centre East Facility Hall A
Tickets:Only available at door & cash only: Day Pass: Adult $12;
Senior/Student Day Pass $10. Children under 12: FREE

For more information about the upcoming fair and Amber’s seminars visit: http://www.baby-fair.com/amber-mac

Mums Tums and Babies… oh my!

mums-tums-poster-8x10Looking for the best in the latest products and services for you and your baby or little ones? If you live in British Columbia, or better yet the Fraser Valley, you are in for a treat at the premiere event for hopeful, expectant and new parents and families – the Mums, Tums & Babies Show!

Pregnant couples, new parents, and those who are needing a little extra for the kids who are growing up – there are stresses, needs for new products that are safe and friendly, services and goods, including some advice – this event has everything for you! Explore the world of baby and toddler – from food to gear, like top trending brands that have some awesome deals and discounts for you. Come down to this low-pressure, family-friendly event: you won’t regret it.

There is lots to see and do for your little ones in the Family Fun Zone with My Gym Langley and their bouncy castle and tumbling station. Twist Parties with balloon twisting and have your photo taken with the princesses. There are Sportball and other sport instruction for kids and will test their skills and have fun.

Don’t worry, for those expecting, or wanting to grow their family there will be a ton of presentations from tips on how to get your baby sleeping well to help with birthing! Tony from The Average Father will do a special presentation just for dads!

Canada’s country music sweetheart, Jessie Farrell will entertain your kids with her catchy whimsical songs featured on the Kids’ CBC television series, Scout & The Gumboot Kids.

Enter to win the major grand prize – a nursery from Ikea Coquitlam. Over $10,000 in prizes provided by our exhibitors. The first 100 mommies each day will receive a Lucky Mummy Bag! (Be sure to take a look inside as their are a ton of vouchers and even some goodies from the local vendors).

Visit www.mumstumsbabies.ca to purchase your tickets!
$10.00 online
$12.00 at Door (Cash Only)
$15.00 weekend pass
Children under 12 *FREE*

Date: October 1 & 2, 2016
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm – Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm – Sunday
Location: Tradex – Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford
Contact: Debbie Fenrick or Judi Rosebrugh: (844) 933-1366 or 604-200-0905

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