Volunteering

Donairs are great

Yet a donor might even be a bit greater….even without the sweet sauce.

I was recently down at the local registry renewing my license and while I had a great time (oh so good when I said I wanted to wear my colander) I did something I am pretty proud of and that I would encourage you all to seriously consider.

I’ve become a fully registered donor, frankly I think this is almost something you should have to opt out of rather than opt in…because I think there are so many great people that would be willing to do this….but just never quite get around to it. Being able to help someone with a gift that in many cases exceed anything you could have done for them in your current life just totally kicks ass on a mega bonus level.

I also strongly suggest that anyone considering doing this actually speak to their significant others including parents or children…I’ve heard horror stories of people’s organ donations being delayed past the point of benefit because of delays caused by their own loved ones. If you think your *whomever* is going to have an issue…sit down with them and discuss why you want this to happen..

So…do it ….now or next time you get your license renewed…tell me about it next time we bump into each other and I’ll buy you a beer or a pot o tea. (whatever your taste is)

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Volunteering! #timeraiser

Twice in the last month I have been recognized for doing a lot of volunteer work. I really want to encourage anyone reading this (Hello mom!) to try finding a charity or non-profit next year that could use some help. I volunteered approx 135+ hours over the last 12 months and while I think that is a bit excessive I hope to continue volunteering over the next year for a couple of select groups.

It can really be rewarding and it’s not only about giving but learning a wide variety of skills and being exposed to a wide audience of people that you may not regularly get an opportunity to be involved with. I know throughout the next year I plan to continue to be involved with my local Icelandic community (http://iccedmonton.org) and some local neighbourhood committees, it would really be excited to be able to start a community garden here in Empire Park.

Without further adieu….thanks for the City of Edmonton for making me their “Shorted listed Rookie of the Year” volunteer guy and below you can see me with some art I got through the fantastic TimeRaiser organization (http://www.timeraiser.ca/edmonton.html)

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I met the Prime Minister

Me and the pm yo

I got hang out the with Prime Minster last Friday..it was a really great time hanging out with a great group of people. At one pint in the night I actually managed to steal the Prime Ministers beer and drink it throughout the night….sweeeet I also managed to get a really fly Iceland pin from his..ambassador? liason? I dunno..guy…

Iceland air

Janelle and I had the great pleasure of recently attending the Icelandair launch at the Art Barn which was a totally fantastic little setup..got to mingle with some aviation people and get to know a bit more of the Icelandic group here in Edmonton. I am really excited for 2015…that’s the year Janelle and I are going to head out to Iceland for a week or two me thinks…get to know the old country…. Of course…if we win the Icelandair tickets at Thorrabolt next week we’ll have to go a bit sooner… The picture below was taken by the Icelandair CEO type dude! and there was a volcano!

Master Composter Class!!!

Yay for Justin. I recently applied for admittance to the City of Edmonton’s Master Composter class and just found out I got accepted. I have to say that I am super psyched to be involved in this opportunity. Every since Janelle and I have moved away from downtown and had to withdraw from the Queen Mary Park Community Garden I’ve felt a bit of a gap in my community involvement. Empire Park isn’t far during the summer…I often walked it or biked it but during the winter I feel a bit reclusive.

The Master Composter class is a great step to get more involved with the city and the gardening community here in Edmonton. It involves approximately 40 hours of classroom time spread out across the city and it’s facilities and upon completion I have to contribute about an equal amount of volunteer hours. I am hoping to get involved in doing presentations to different groups around the city.

Also should mention that out compost at home has been a breeze and super fun and easy…all our veggie scraps just go away and the worms are fat and happy…really such a neat thing…some people might find this a bit gross but I hope to get involved in some composting toilets….it’s so easy to compartmentalize our poop and assume its bad and gross and the toilet magically takes it away…and not realize it’s truly a a critical part of the cycle of life that’s so close to great compost soil. Thanks again for reading (no one).