Monday, November 5, 2007

relay for life, eh?

a great weekend spent up in regina, saskatchewan...for the western canada relay for life leadership summit. i met so many volunteers from across western canada - british columbia, saskatchewan (where the roughriders were playing just a mile away from the hotel in the quest for the cfl playoffs - i met the mascot the night before at the 'opening ceremonies'), yukon, northwest territories, alberta, and even a few from manitoba.

the excitement there was contagious. they unveiled the new canadian relay logo (which is inspired by the american logo) and launched the canadian celebrate • remember • fight back.

i loved being 'anonymous' and getting to simply participate on friday and early saturday until the keynote on leadership in the afternoon. (thus - the only photo was from my room at night - since i just left the camera up there to really experience everything)

what i did love was hearing from someone who heard me speak at the relay rally in january 2006 in vancouver, bc. she told me that she took tacoma's k-club (where each person who raised $1000 individually is a member of the k-club, and receives some sort of recognition for it) and launched it at her relay. in one year, in a small community, she went from 4 k-club members to 19 members. how sweet is that?

it was the first time - ever - that i'd received a standing ovation at the end...typically, when speaking about fundraising and not being a cancer survivor - you just don't get those! :)

and of course, since the wedding was just eight weeks away, i shared one of the the photos of jonathan's proposal and he got cheers for his style...and the fact that his team raised $10,000!

spent some time with helen from trail, bc, lee angus (the national manager for the canadian relay) and karina chow (who heads up the bc/yukon division). inspirations to me.

and to share one of my favorite things that the canadians do for breast cancer awareness...i introduce you to the thingamaboob:

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