6th Annual Campaign Kickoff Bus Pull for United Way Oakville

This past Tuesday I joined some awesome colleagues to pull a bus! Now why did I do that you might ask? Well it was the 6th Annual Campaign Bus Pull Kick Off Event for United Way Oakville.

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The first one’s easy; you’ve got to team up with seven other people to pull an Oakville Transit bus 20 feet across the finish line. No big deal, right?

The second challenge: help put an end to poverty, senior isolation and improve mental health support systems in our community. Create possibility for our neighbourhoods by raising pledges on behalf of your team.

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Getting the roped connected to the buses… and a quick selfie with a colleague that started at Sheridan with me last year…but we actually met years ago at the summer camp we worked at in our early 20s… it’s been so nice to be able to reconnect with you over the past year. (She was also the one that recruited me to join the team!)  From the photo below you can get a feeling of how far we had to pull that bus…. 20 feet from red line to red line!
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Going through the demonstration of how to hold the rope… then the first two teams started.  After seeing them struggle…I was kind of glad we could watch a few other teams go—so we could get our strategy down! But also realized quite quickly how this wasn’t going to be a walk in the park…

Getting ready to go…our team was called the “Shernados”.  (We were thankful for two members from the other Sheridan IT team that joined our team to help us pull the bus—we had two people not show up!) SOmething that was a wee bit surprising to me was that at the beginning the bus didn’t really didn’t move at all–which you’d think it has wheels with 8 people pulling it it should move?! But it didn’t.

Our strategy was for us to start in a ‘tug-of-war’ position…and then once it started to roll to turn around–and flip the rope onto our shoulder…and it worked!

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Photo by: Nancy Heath

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Photo by: Nancy Heath

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Photo by: Nancy Heath

Our team ended up winning our heat…with a time of 29:47 seconds…that might have been the longest 29 seconds of my life!

Side Note: I decided that our team should have ‘superhero’ capes to help us with our pulling! So managed to sew up 8 for everyone to wear…

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The Oakville PFFA(Professional Fire Fighters Association) and the 2 District Halton Police had the fastest pulls all day! The Oakville PFFA won the first heat…and the 2 District Halton Police won the final heat with a time of 21.8 seconds!

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United Way Oakville unveiled their target for this fall’s campaign… $4.5 million! The Bus Pull raised over $30,000 towards the larger goal!

“With the amazing turnout this year, I believe we can make an impressive impact in the fight against inequality,” commented Terry Smith, 2016 Campaign Chair; “the lives of our neighbours, friends and co-workers, all connected and supported through our community.” (Source)

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What a fabulous morning…so glad I decided to join the team…can’t wait for next year!

Wordless Wednesday LXXI: Good Morning Ottawa…

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Avast Ye Scurvy Lot!

 

Blimey! Thee date has snuck up on me yet again…but today be the day to like a Pirate… argh!

If ye be a landlubber but would like to speak like a scurvy pirate fer th’ day but need a wee wee bit o’ help…head ov’r to ’tis full ‘o awe- glossary and that’s gunna help ye out on ye adventure!

I be off to be off finish me daily chores ‘n then off to find me buckos ‘n do what all band ‘o pirates do best. Have a ruckas wit’ ye day but remember if ye cross a scurvy pirate ye might end up sailin’ th’ plank!

Ottawa’s Army Run

I just got back from a fantastic weekend in Ottawa. Jeka and I became friends through our blogs…and shared experiences of living in Nunavut. She lived in Kimmirut while I was living in Pangnirtung. She even did a guest post here on Sarah on the Road a few years ago.    We talked online often over the two years we lived in Nunavut and I got to ‘meet’ her in person the day she was flying south…in the Iqaluit airport.  I was so excited to see her again this weekend and hang out in person…where we didn’t have to use technology to talk.  army-run-ottawa_0016

Two years ago, she posted on Facebook all about doing the Army Run in Ottawa.   I was still in Nunavut–enjoying life and flying everywhere for business…but thought to myself, I wish I could do that…it looked really fun! Well fast forward 2 years…it was my turn! 

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Friday night we had an awesome girls night- (Chris was working a night shift…so it was just us girls!)… Dinner and a movie–we saw Bridget Jones Baby…it was so good, so many funny lines go see it!

After sleeping in a wee bit on Saturday we headed down to the city hall to pick up our race bibs and shirts.

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We checked out the Expo booths.. saw Vimy–the Invictus Games mascot! The next Invicutus Games will be held in Toronto September 2017.  army-run-ottawa_0001

We headed outside to check out the live music…and it started to pour! We didn’t let that stop us from having some fun….and have a little dancing in the rain. armyrun 18

Then we realized we might have to run in this weather the next day! army-run-ottawa_0015

…but we realized we wouldn’t melt…and once you are wet, you are wet! So might as well dance or even run in the rain!?

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My new running shirt… all shinny and pretty…ready for the morning! (I didn’t end up running in this though because with the long sleeves I would have melted.)

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After listening to the POURING rain, hearing the thunder…and dreading that it would continue until the morning…. I woke up to no rain! Which was the best gift of the day… army-run-ottawa_0009

…while waiting for the start what else does one do but take a few selfies! army-run-ottawa_0008 Lots of excitement from the start line… we were in the Red Coral and were the last to be let out onto the course! There were so many people on the sidelines cheering us along.  My race last fall that I ran on the Downsview Race Track-–which didn’t have the same feeling along the course…so that was a first for me… and a welcome surprise.

I was never more happy to cross the finish line… I was even happier to have finished it the fastest I have all summer during any of my practice runs. I really need to train a wee bit more consistently…now that Fall has brought some cooler temps!

army-run-ottawa_0004Check out the cool ‘dog-tag’ medal….I can totally see how this running/racing thing gets into your blood. I’ve already tentatively talked with a friend about signing up for another 2 races this fall….and am already registered for the Resolution Run on December 31st which I’ll do with my friend Michelle! army-run-ottawa_0007

We went at our own pace for the 5km…so I was excited when I found my friends at the finish line so quickly! Well done for doing it even though you weren’t feeling 100%!

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This race was so much fun! Can’t wait to do the next year with you Jeka and Chris… it was such a fun weekend.  Now that we are living a road trip away—we totally need to meet up again…let me know if you want to come my way to explore Toronto!
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After the race we went down to the Market to have brunch…  Then we went next door to The Cupcake Lounge and then I picked up a Red Velvet Cupcake (which I think I’m going to eat tomorrow for breakfast!).  The perfect end to a fabulous weekend! Thanks so much for hosting me this weekend Jeka it was fantastic. army-run-ottawa_0010

Coming home was another story…had an extra 2 + hours added to my trip because of an accident.  It seemed like I just got onto the 401… and all the traffic stopped around 2:30pm. There was a really bad accident... and for the first time ever—I was standing on the side of the highway…and joined everyone  as they got out of their cars, and tried to see what was going on. We watched the fire trucks, ambulances and police cars arrive on scene…and eventually the other side of the highway traffic stopped as well. After waiting about 45mins… the police came back to the front of the cars and started turning them around… so we could back track on the highway and get to a spot where we could cross to the other side.

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This just reminded me about how you need to live for each moment…because you never know what is going to happen next. You need to live life today, because  yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised.

Video Memories from Colorado…

Throughout our long weekend adventures in Colorado…Keenan was busy taking short clips of the stuff we did.  (I took a few, but mainly this was all Keenan!) He was able then to edit all the 15-30second clips into a fabulous video and he even added some music!

The first video is all about our Balloon Trip…. I wrote about it earlier in a blog post. 

This video is a mix of EVERYTHING hiking, Garden of the Gods, Cliff Dwellings...and even trying to drive up a mountain to find the spot in Gold Hill were we were eating!

What an awesome memories thanks Keenan for putting these together.

This is something I really need to figure out.  Now that I have an iPhone 6S…and can take ok, videos..I could totally do this!  ( To be totally honest my SLR can take video too…but the editing scares me…guess that’s just something I’ll have to work on.)

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