Coming to Canada: An Act of Courage

John was in England during the war and walked into a pub called “The Plough” where he was served by a woman named Olive, the daughter of the pub owner. He told her she was the most beautiful woman he had ever met, and she told him not to bother her because he was Canadian and she had no use for Canadian men.

He must have been very convincing since John and Olive were my grandparents. As I look at their wedding picture, I think about how difficult that time would have been—not only because of the fear and anxiety that went with the war, but because of the bravery it took for my grandmother to move away from her home country and start a new life with her husband.

Her courageous choice is the reason I have my wonderful life here in Canada.

I have heard countless stories about coming to Canada from family members, friends, audience members and passengers on the airplane. I always add to their story by saying, “Aren’t we so so blessed to live in Canada?” They always say how grateful they are to have made their own courageous choice to come here.

Who made a choice for you? Let’s never forget them.

In remembrance,

World Kindness Day

November 13th is World Kindness Day! October was thankful month and November will be kindness month. As we remember all of those who served for our countries freedom, let’s remember to be kind to those who need kindness!

Lloydminster Co-op

In Lloydminster today with the Lloydminster Co-op for their first ever staff summit. What a great idea to bring all staff together and Lloydminster Co-op was able to do that by hosting their staff in two different events, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. By splitting the staff in two you can keep all the departments running smoothly and no one gets left out.
So lucky me, I got to spend the DAY with another group of amazing Co-op people.

Laugh and Be Grateful

Watch a movie this weekend that makes you laugh and reminds you to be grateful.
My all-time favorite movie is the 1987 classic, “Planes Trains and Automobiles.”
What movie makes you laugh and feel grateful?

Wonderful Idea

Yesterday driving through Swift Current on my way home from Medicine Hat I stopped at Starbucks for my favorite Matcha tea latte.

This is the box they have on their counter. Take one and leave one.

What a wonderful idea and a nice message on a cold windy drive home.

Medicine Hat

Yesterday I was in Medicine Hat at the Farmer Symposium sponsored by South Country Co-op.
Focus on the 90% is one more tool for your farm tool box. Farming is hard. Farming is also very rewarding.
Even in the worst 10% times farmers have this amazing ability to keep going. Focusing on what is still good and what is positive about farming life will greatly affect your own health and well-being. That well-being will ripple to those around us on the farm. If we want others to be well and handle their stress, we need to model it for them. The impact of farming stress can have its toll on families. We need to make sure we have something left for the people that we love. Darci’s message will help you to see what is still good in a difficult time. It will help you to rally together on the farm, in your community and in your home.

Hey Co-op!

Hitting the snowy road to Medicine Hat today and, of course, getting gas from the Co-op gas bar

Meet Robert one of our city’s finest!!

Keep up the great work Sherwood Co-op!!

Say Thank You

Go and buy a stack of coffee gift cards today and spend the week secretly leaving them for people who give you great service. I do this ALL the time. I leave cards for cleaning staff, serving staff, really anyone who gives me great service.
You will never know the power of doing something that simple.