New Book Arrives!

Passport Project Book - Premiere Edition

I am so excited to announce the arrival of my new book: Passport Project! The premiere edition was launched at TEDxYYC and on the CBC Eye-Opener.  It has been exciting to hear about people using the book with their families, as team-building with their co-workers and on their own to explore their city!

All too often we think that we can only have an adventure if we go away to an exotic location.  It is easy to feel depressed or bored when we aren’t learning or growing or meeting new people.  This book was created so you could explore right in your own city and have amazing adventures and experiences that would remind you that life is awesome!  There are so many exciting and inspiring people and places to see and meet.  By expanding our worldviews we can break down barriers, misunderstandings and stereotypes and build bridges towards peace. I hope that by completing these challenges you will be inspired to share your positive stories. By sharing our positive stories we can combat mental health issues and become inspired to make positive change in our communities.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book it is available for purchase at Shelf Life Books in Calgary.  We will have a limited number of books available for purchase as we travel across Canada as well.  If you would like to make a bulk order of the books please send us an email and we will arrange to have copies shipped to you.  For educators and youth leaders please enquire by email about our classroom and school license to receive special discounts on large orders.

 

Flooded with Hope

I have collected these images throughout the last two weeks to show the amazing things that can happen in the midst of very difficult situations.  Throughout my time volunteering in Calgary and on the Siksika Nation I have been amazed at the resiliency of people and the way that communities have come together.  Below are some of my favorite moments!

Good News from Calgary’s Flood

   On our last day of school some of my students were able to share with me their positive stories from the Calgary Flood.  Most places in Calgary did not allow volunteers that were under 18 and yet these 13-14 year olds still had stories of how they had made a difference.  They shared with me what they and their families had experienced that gave them hope.  There were many stories so I chose to highlight four of them here.

Radio Girls Podcasts!

  Working in colaboration with my Gr.8 students we have created 16 podcasts about our  journey to discover new experiences in Calgary! Come and hear the podcasts and share in our unique experiences April 11, 2013 at Alice Jamieson Girls’ Academy!

Podcast Listening Party!

   Over the last few months, I have been working tirelessly with my current Gr.8 students to create podcasts.  Their mission was to go out into Calgary and expand their worldview.  They had 20 tasks to complete ranging from trying a new type of ethnic cuisine to taking a new form of transportation.  It was amazing to see my students tackle new experiences head on and look for ways to explore everything Calgary has to offer! Too often we fail to see the wonder and beauty that’s in our own backyard so it has been awesome to have the chance to see Calgary through a new light!

We partnered with Calgary 2012 GIGYYC and Danielle Nerman from CBC Radio to be able to create 16 podcasts! We will be sharing each of these stories this Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Alice Jamieson Girls’ Academy at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Inspirational Monday: WINS Thrift Store

  WINS Thrift Store is a social enterprise that uses they money it makes to provide resources including a free referral program for household needs and clothing as well as learning opportunities for families. Its environmental program, employment skills program and collaboration with the community help make Calgary a better city! Get involved by visiting their website.

3 Things for Calgary: Reel World Youth Documentaries

  To help advertise our film festival and to show what youth are doing in Calgary to make it a better place, we submitted this short film to 3 Things for Calgary.  3 Things for Calgary is an initiative of Mayor Nenshi  to engage Calgarians by encouraging them to find 3 ways they can make their city better.  I love this concept!

Awesome Calgary Pitch

Awesome Calgary is an amazing organization that supports people in starting up new concepts.  As I have applied for more and more grants and asked people to sponsor what I am doing, I have realized just how important groups like Awesome Calgary and Calgary Foundation are in helping start new innovations.  Without these people who are willing to take a risk on creative solutions we will only end up with more of the same ideas.  I couldn’t have done Worldviews Project without these groups.  I encourage you to get involved with an Awesome Foundation near you or start your own.  What an excellent way to create positive impact in your community.