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Giving back at Christmas

November 22, 2012

We all know that Christmas is about giving, and sometimes a little receiving. Here are some great ways to do both:

On November 29th, travel to the top of Grouse Mountain for the annual Parade of Christmas gala held by SOS Children’s Village, British Columbia. Join 200 guests for a festive evening of delicious appetizers, luscious wines and beers, and live entertainment paired with an enticing silent auction and holiday raffle. It is a wonderful night that includes the opportunity to be among the first to view a completed Gingerbread Village. The cost is only $50 per person and the proceeds support foster children and vulnerable youth in the lower mainland. You can buy online at I will be featuring SOS in upcoming blog posts.

If you live in Vancouver and love shopping for handmade gifts, please visit Global Mothers’ table at the upcoming “Deck the Hall Fair” at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St. (15th) 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., December 1 and 2. They will be selling beautiful, handmade items made by artisans around the world. Global Mothers is empowering women in developing countries to support themselves through training and enabling them to sell their products worldwide. I wrote about this organization earlier this year. They are a very focussed group with a great mission.

The BC Ride to Conquer Cancer is 90% full which means that close to 3000 people are already saddled up, training in the gym and on the roadways, and looking to their friends, families and co-workers to support their ride. So, if you ever thought you might like to try the two-day ride to Seattle, now is the time to sign up. If you prefer the armchair version, then support your friend in his or her ride and help support cancer research and improve cancer treatment in BC. Here’s why: The BC Cancer Foundation was named Top Pick in Charity Intelligence Canada’s 2012 Report for its ability to provide high returns on donor investments. You can read about some of the exciting research being done on pancreatic, breast, lung, gynecological cancers among others at and read about some of the discoveries at Four members of our family have done this, and the benefits, while intangible, are enormous!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2012 11:43 am

    The trip to the top of Grouse Mountain sounds like a fun and worthwhile thing to do. Love the photos.

  2. November 23, 2012 11:42 am

    Dear Patricia: As the Advent Season approaches, I am appreciating your message today. I love the Smart Cookies reminder, that on your loyalty programs of rewards, there are many charities to which to give your miles or points.
    So if financial planning goals include giving, but not of cash, consider scrolling through the redemption lists on your Loyalty Programs. You can benefit charities now, and throughout the year, without going into debt or deviating from your financial plan.
    Peace to you.

    • November 23, 2012 4:42 pm

      That’s a great idea for how to share joy at Christmas. You probably wouldn’t even miss a few points and the charities can certainly benefit. Thanks for the suggestion Susila.

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