I Almost Published A Blog About A Charity…But Deleted It

I just spent the last 20 minutes typing up a post on an initiative about giving to children around the world that caught my attention. Who isn’t attracted to that, right? It sounded like a fun thing to get my own kids involved in.

While I was typing the post, I was navigating their website, finding links that would be helpful to you, and getting more background information. Some things  jumped out at me that bothered me – like was the collection drive considering culturally relevant items? Hmmm…I wasn’t sure because I needed to find out more about who the ‘target’ populations were. And then I read further – and between the lines – and realized that my values were not aligned with the ones of this organization.

This group is well-meaning and I’m sure for many, their philosophies are appropriate. But not for me.

So, now I’m writing a post to ask YOU to do some research into the charitable endeavours that catch YOUR eye; take an additional step or two and make sure you are putting your energy and resources into initiatives that propogate what YOU value.

Be authentic in everything you do. After all, giving to charity is like putting a piece of yourself out there. It’s furthering your legacy, it’s leaving your mark.

Make sure that mark is really who you are.

A Halloween Treat That Will Put A Smile On Everyone’s Face! P.S. It’s Not Candy @KidoodleTV

Last month, as a blog ambassador for Leading Moms, I was invited to attend a presentation by Kidoodle TV. This presentation followed a free trial period of this ‘Netflix-for-kids-but-better’ product and I was curious to learn more about it. To be honest, although I had poked around, opened accounts under each child’s name and checked out the program options, I hadn’t gotten around to letting the kids take it out for a test run. The free trial came at a time when my kids weren’t actually interested in T.V. (I know, Murphy’s Law!) and I couldn’t bring myself to ask them to watch something just so I could test it out. However, I will say that as a parent I was impressed with the amount of control KidoodleTV affords the caregiver in terms of tailoring the programs for each child and even setting time limits. The moms who had tried it out sounded happy with the reactions from their children as well.

So, what does this have to do with Halloween? I mean, there’s not a grain of sugar in sight! Well, probably my FAVOURITE part of the presentation was when we were told about their brilliant idea: downloadable coupons for 2 months free subscription to KidoodleTV to give out to trick-or-treaters…PLUS every time the coupon code is used for this free subscription, $0.50 goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.

I KNOW.

As a firm believer that every business should be charitable, you can only imagine how excited I got about this! I mean, I know this isn’t a sugar-loaded, chemically-saturated, totally artificial product that we call ‘treats’ – but I don’t know a lot of kids who wouldn’t love some T.V., and parents who wouldn’t love the control and of course, the ‘FREE-ness’. Not a bad deal.

If you’d like to be the one on the block to offer your neighbours something non-candy that’s not a toothbrush or an apple (because, let’s be honest, those are good ideas in theory but…), simply choose which version you would like by clicking on the images below!

For a refresher of 5 important but sometimes overlooked Halloween safety tips for your munchkins, check out my latest article on ChatterBlock by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENT DETAILS: Midnight in Paris – A Fundraiser Gala For Poetry Workshops at BC Children’s Hospital’s Eating Disorders Clinic #write2heal

Below is the press release for a fundraiser I am proud to be part of hosting. If you are a member of the writing community, or know how writing can heal the soul, you will want to read on. And if you know someone who is living with eating disorders, here is that ‘something’ you wish you could do, for somebody.

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On November 15th, Pandora’s Collective presents a “Midnight in Paris” themed gala fundraiser to help raise funds for the poetry outreach program at the BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Clinic. With special host and key speakers, the event features live entertainment and a silent auction.

Get swept back to 1920s Paris for this themed soirée. Vinci’s Caffé transforms into the stomping ground for the most famous artists and writers of the 20th century so make sure you dress the part. Local songstress Sharon Bryson sings some swinging tunes so you can dance the Charleston or stand on the sidelines to watch while you sip a Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ll likely spot Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald there, deep in conversation with attendees. But the crowd’s chatter at this café will be focused on the healing power of poetry.

“Writing provides the patients with an outlet.” explains Bonnie Nish, Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective and Certified Expressive Arts Therapist. “Many of our workshop participants use the writing skills to express emotions and navigate the challenges that come in life after treatment. Poetry becomes a powerful tool in their recovery.”

 

Pandora’s Collective has a long history of providing outreach programs to the community. Since their inception in 2002, their mandate as a non-profit charity has been to promote literacy and creative self-expression. The organization has worked with a variety of community groups in her past including Covenant House, Pacifica Treatment Centre, the Aurora Centre, and the Gathering Place.  The new program at BC Children’s Hospital’s Eating Disorder Clinic will expand their reach to aid children and youth in their healing and recovery from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other severe eating disorders. Writing poetry is a powerful tool for managing emotions and navigating challenges to the patient’s long-term health.

 “In our outreach programs, we find that poetry opens doors to emotions that sometimes are just too powerful to release in other ways. Even those who tell us they can’t write, they have never written or dislike writing come away with something profound if they try and they often want to share it in the workshop,” explains Nish. “Despite their age, economic bracket or skill set, the writing process can go a long way in terms of building self-confidence and finding positive ways of dealing with situations.”

 

The Midnight in Paris fundraiser coincides with the online crowdsourcing campaign #write2heal on the Pandora’s Collective website with the fundraising goal of $5000, which would sustain the workshops for one year. All proceeds from the fundraiser, silent auction and online campaign will go towards the development and expansion of the Pandora’s Collective’s outreach program.

To buy tickets or to donate, please visit: http://www.pandorascollective.com/donate

 

 

A Fun And Adventurous Way To Raise Funds For Canuck Place Children’s Hospice #CPCHAdventureRace

When I asked my 7 year old daughter why it’s important to raise money for medical care for children with life-threatening illnesses, she said, “Because I want them to enjoy their life and feel better.”

Quality of life is something we all strive for, and for the children at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and their families, it is a concern that weighs heavy. I follow Michaela’s blog, whose daughter Florence receives care at Canuck Place. You might remember this initiative of hers that we collaborated on, when we joined forces with other bloggers and pottery studios like Create-It Emporium to add some colour to the hospice’s kitchen.

Following Michaela’s journey with Florence connects me to Michaela as a mother; some of the things we worry about are different, but underlyingly, we share something huge – we want our children to be as healthy and happy as possible.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice needs our help to fund treatments and programs. With a creative twist and an appeal to the young (and young at heart), here is a solution that you and your family can be a part of! Details are below – keep reading for a chance to WIN PRIZES including autographed photos of some famous twins (hint: they play hockey!).

CANUCK PLACE ADVENTURE RACE

Canuck Place Adventure Race is a fun, family-friendly multi-sport event held to raise critical funds for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice support programs for BC children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

When:  September 7, 2014

Registration begins at 8:00am and the event concludes at 3:00pm

Event includes a community BBQ, beginning at 11:30am

Where: Jericho Beach, Vancouver

Who:  Both youth and adult participants are encouraged and there are 3 course options to  suit all abilities:

  • Long Course: 6km Kayak, 30km mountain bike, 8km trail run
  • Short Course: 3km Kayak, 15km mountain bike, 6km trail run
  • Kids Course: 500m assisted sail, 2km bike, 1km run

Race participants can sign up as individuals or as a team to a max of 4 people.

Registration cost:  Adults $50 // Youth (17 and under) $25

Fundraising goal:  Adults $1000 // Youth $150

A note on fundraising:

The Canuck Place Adventure Race is a fundraising event. Funds raised support Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in providing critical clinical care and programs for BC’s children with life-threatening illnesses and their families who love them. Therefore Canuck Place asks all participants to do their best in reaching the fundraising goal, and Canuck Place supports all participants in doing so through tips and tricks, and helpful newsletters (examples here: http://bit.ly/1rL418L). However, if the goal is not met, no penalty applies.

More details and answers to FAQs can be found: http://events.canuckplace.org/site/TR?fr_id=1090&pg=entry

Would you like to WIN your admission into the race or get your hands on autographed photos?

Enter the giveaway below and share this with your friends and family who would love this opportunity to support something we are all striving for. *Please note that the winners of the entrance are strongly encouraged to participate in the fundraising component.

Good luck and thanks for your support!

 

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What I Don’t Like About Charity

As a little girl, I used to watch those infomercials about starving children in Africa and bawl my eyes out. Not only did I feel sorry for these little ones with the bloated bellies and sad stories of being orphaned – I also felt an enormous burden of guilt on my young shoulders. After all, my family lived in Kenya for a few generations but we immigrated to Canada with memories of white sand beaches and siestas and late night feasts. The beautiful handiwork of the African natives travelled with us and became pieces of nostalgia in my Canadian home. Among them: curios and carved wooden chests, straw mats, wooden salad tongs, tripod tables with animal designs. We listened to upbeat Swahili music that had messages of family, joy and a zest for life – in my mind Africa was a continent of beauty and creativity. This was not reflected at all on T.V. On top of all that, when I told my peers my family was from Africa, I was met with looks of pity and comments like, “But you’re not starving.”

I was embarrassed to say I was from Kenya because no 6 year old likes to be placed in a glass dome and stared at for being different. But I also struggled with the conception that certain groups of people were to be pitied for not ‘having as much’ or ‘knowing as much’ or ‘being able as much’.

Photo Credit njaj/freedigitalphotos.net Why is charity portrayed like this?
WHY IS CHARITY PORTRAYED LIKE THIS?
Photo Credit njaj/freedigitalphotos.net

I dislike the idea of an ‘us’ and a ‘them’. It makes me feel stuck, pinned to a place on a continuum based on someone’s perception of how fortunate I am. Or how unfortunate, as the case may be. It feels judgemental, condescending and dim.

I don’t see a linear relationship amongst the people of the world. If anything, historical and present events have shown that what happens in one country has an international effect.

Doesn’t that seem more circular to you?

It does to me.

In this circle, every single person has some kind of need, and every single person has some kind of gift. Our job isn’t to judge a need or a gift as good or bad, but to keep the exchange flowing so that needs are taken care of, and gifts are being used to their very last drop.

I have to admit that expressions like, “Don’t waste food – there are some people in this world who don’t have anything to eat!” have rolled off my tongue before I could stop them. Ugh. Might as well be saying, “Here, have a big dollop of guilt on that baked potato!” But after our trip to the Surrey Food Bank last month we had a family discussion about being ‘helping hands’ so that others can have the energy and health to help even more people. And that was much easier to swallow.

Charity is a hand UP, not a hand OUT. Whether I am on the giving or receiving end of the process, this perspective carries with it dignity, hope and grace.

What can you do for others that will allow them to help themselves and their community? And what is it that you need to help you be a contributing member of your society? As an individual, family, small or medium enterprise, or large corporation, these are questions you should be asking.

 

 

P.S. For help with a community giving project like this one for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, send me a note. I love working with individuals and groups to find effective and soul-satisfying ways to be a part of the giving/receiving circle. If you are an entrepreneur, please read 5 reasons why every business should be charitable. 

 

The Classic Lemonade Stand Gets A Twist #Stir4ACure

With Summer officially here, there’s nothing more reminiscent of our childhood, or more symbolic of a young child’s inner entrepreneur, than the classic lemonade stand. And what a perfect opportunity to pull out multiple teaching moments from this one endeavour.

Of course there’s the creative side of things:

1. How to make lemonade: Whether you are doing this from scratch or from a can, children learn how to follow simple directions, plus how to set up and clean up as needed.

2. How to attract customers: Marketing tools like a BIG, colourful sign with all the right information on it is a project in and of itself. You may also want to create several smaller signs to post around the neighbourhood. Allow your child to pipe in with suggestions – they will probably have some great ideas on how to let people know they are ready for business! Things can get as ‘pinteresting’ as you want them to. Check out this site for some ideas if you think this kind of thing is ‘easy peasy lemon squeezey’ (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

Then there’s the business side of things:

1. Location, location, location: Pick a premium spot that is visible to passing cars or people walking by, but allows for cars to safely pull over.

2. The operations crew: Is there an adult operations manager required? This would depend on the age of the child(ren) and/or the location of the stand. How many other people are on the team? It might be fun to partner up with some neighbourhood kids!

3. How much to charge for a cup: I’ve stopped at stands and paid anything from $0.25 to $2.00 for a cup. By donation with a suggested minimum is also a good way to do things. Sometimes all people have on them is a $5 bill. Score!

4. Simple math: If you do charge a set amount, simple math skills come into play when figuring out what change to give back.

And last but definitely NOT least, there’s the charity side of things! Because every business should be charitable, and there’s no better time to learn that than as a young person, this is the twist part that adds a dimension to the classic lemonade stand that will hopefully carry over into other areas of your child’s life.

1. Select a charity to donate to: Do this in the way you feel best. I like to offer two options to keep things simple, that reflect the child’s interests.

2. Figure out the percentage of sales you wish to donate. This fosters more math skills and of course, don’t forget to include this information in the marketing! Wouldn’t you be more inclined to stop for a cup of (sometimes luke-warm…let’s be honest) lemonade if you knew 50% of your donation was going to a good cause?

3. Go one step further with the donation by personally delivering or somehow involving your child in learning more about the organization you are supporting. See here for an example of how we did this with our local food bank.

Photo Credit: sixtyminutehousewife.com
Photo Credit: sixtyminutehousewife.com

Think it’s far-fetched to make a lemonade stand a charitable operation? Check out this 3 minute video of a brave little girl named Alex who left behind a legacy of hope through her lemonade stands. She lost her fight to cancer but she did amazing work with the lemons she was handed.

So, go on, grab some kids and turn this into a project you can enjoy from start to finish!

If Your Business Is Not Doing This, You Need To Make Some Changes

Show of hands here: how many of you are entrepreneurs? And how many of you want to see your business thrive?

Photo Credit: www.freedigitalphotos.net/stockimages
Photo Credit: www.freedigitalphotos.net/stockimages

There are several factors that allow a business to do well. Some of these can be gleaned from courses you take in business school but most of the savvy-ness comes from experience, gut instincts and hustle. However, there is something powerful that gets underestimated or overlooked, and without it you are not only throwing opportunity out the window, you are also doing your employees and your community a great disservice.

And that is giving back to the community.

Here are 5 reasons why your small business, or large corporation, should add charitable endeavours to its business plan:

1. When you sponsor a charity event, it is a great opportunity to market and network, particularly if you are taking a hands-on approach. Go the extra step to sit down with the non-profit organization you wish to support and find out how you can be front-line. Getting your company logo on an arts festival brochure is not as effective as spending half a day at the festival, wearing your logo on your company T-shirt and meeting people who are enjoying the sponsored event.

2. Workplace morale is boosted. People want to work for companies that are doing great things. Your employees work hard all year round to fulfill your vision for your brand or product. Why not get their input and give them allowances of time and resources to do something that makes them feel awesome? Allow the initiative to come from the entire team – from choosing the cause to networking and meeting with the organization(s) to carrying out the event or campaign. If you want to hire outside help to be the coordinator and save some human resources allocation, that is also a wise idea. Let me know if you have any questions about how this works.

3. It’s good for your health. No, seriously. It’s been scientifically shown that people who volunteer and perform acts of kindness have higher levels of serotonin (Nature’s anti-depressant) and stronger immune systems. Happier, healthier employees = greater productivity!

4. If you had to choose between two companies who offer similar products, and you learn that one is active in community giving while the other isn’t, which company are you most likely to do business with? We are innately good and kind beings. We like people who express these qualities, and this goes for companies as well. Be the biz that has a leg-up on the competition by tapping into your goodness and you will attract the kind of clientele you want to work with.

5. Because you can. Everyone can. The world is not divided into haves and have-nots. It’s joined in an all-encompassing circle which means you need to do what you can to allow someone else to do what they can. Providing a hand-up (not a hand-out) to your community makes your community stronger and in turn, that strength grows your business. Participate in this circle because you can.

Add this to your business plan and reap abundance in all these areas!

My Son’s Birthday Wish Came True With A Visit To @SurreyFoodBank

As a parent, I have learned a lot about stuff. The stuff that fills up a home when you are not looking. Stuff that needs batteries or repair or upgrading or accessories. And I’m not a fan of it. The accumulation of physical objects drives me crazy. Some of it is inevitable, I know, but some of it is excess; the worst part about stuff is that it tricks you into thinking you need more of it. It’s easy to stop appreciating what you have and to start wishing for the things you don’t. This sounds counter-intuitive, but that’s why it’s sneaky!

We think we have come up with a solution for our family that prevents the influx of more of the unwanted, teaches values like sharing and helping, and encourages a global outlook. Every other year, instead of receiving gifts on their birthdays, the kids will ask their friends to support an organization that they (the kids) select.

My son turned 4 this year and a few weeks prior to his party, we asked him to choose who he would like to help on his birthday. To make it easier for him, we asked him if he wanted to give other kids food to eat, or if he wanted to help take care of the animals at the SPCA. He chose to support Surrey Food Bank because “snacks are so good to eat. Like bunny crackers.”

Food banks are pretty easy to donate to because many large grocery chains will have a collection bin at the front of their store, or they have the $2 donation coupons at the till. (The coupons actually work like store credit, so that if the food bank called up the grocery store needing more of a particular item, the store uses the credit that has accumulated through the generosity of customers.)

But I didn’t want to collect tins and packages and then just transfer them over to a collection bin. This would mean absolutely nothing to my 4 year old and would be a stretch of the imagination for my 6 year old. Simply saying, “This food is going to people who need it” wasn’t going to cut it. So I contacted Surrey Food Bank via their website’s contact form and received a pleasant reply within a day from Community Partnership Coordinator, Kuldip Ardawa.

Kuldip was happy to provide a tour of the facilities to my family! With a tour date set, we did a big grocery shop one week prior with the $200 collected. The short time frame between the shopping and the delivery would make the connection more clear. We consulted their Most Needed Items list to guide us which made the experience easier and actually more satisfying, knowing we were really filling a specific need. Did you know that 42% of Surrey Food Bank’s users are children and babies? We learned this and so much more on our hands-on tour.

Here are some shots of us selecting items:

When we arrived at the food bank, one of the volunteers handed us a trolley, and the hubs and kids unloaded the trunk:

As we crossed the street toward the building, we saw some people lining up for their groceries, including a young boy in a superhero costume who my son spotted right away. Kuldip led us to the warehouse area that housed a huge donated freezer where the perishable items donated by farmers and grocery stores (for example, yogurts with close expiration dates) are kept. Further into the warehouse were the non-perishable items. I was impressed with the organization and cleanliness of the facility and I learned this was largely thanks to volunteers.

I took a picture of this flat of baby formula because this is a 6 week supply for the little ones who rely on the food bank.

So if you think the food bank must be doing well with all the collection bins out there, and especially the big surge of donations at Christmastime…just know that the need is great. And it’s year-round.

An interesting thing I learned was that all the dry goods (pasta, rice, cereals, grains etc) are all unpackaged then measured into bags of equal proportions. Kuldip explained to the children that this was in fairness to everyone.

Diapers are also sorted this way, and all baby items are held in the Tiny Bundles area where parents can stop and collect what they need.

When people come with their government-issued tickets that indicate the family size and specific needs, a volunteer accepts the ticket and exchanges it for a corresponding pre-packed bag of non-perishable items. The perishable items such as breads and vegetables are collected at a separate area.

Here are the tickets from the day we were there. Keep in mind that each ticket represents a family, not an individual:

 

If you are interested in volunteering your time at Surrey Food Bank, please contact them. You must be 16 years of age to volunteer on your own, or 10 with an adult.

Here’s my daughter inspecting a can to make sure it was safe to distribute. Cans that have been dented to the point of metal breaking make the food unsafe:

And my son sorting a can into the proper bin:

 

I would love to hear about experiences you have had like this with your family. We are on the lookout for more ideas, in particular to be able to go that one step further than simply collecting donations (although doing that alone is certainly helpful!).

And here we are – the 5 of us <3

I will be writing more about my philosophy on charity in upcoming posts. I don’t believe in a line separating the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ but rather a circle that encompasses us all.

 

Do The World A Favour And Do This

There is this big push out there to live an authentic life. We hear it everywhere – be who you are, be true to yourself, just be you…and there is certainly no shortage of memes travelling around the internet, hoping to inspire you to do just that. But what does that mean, really? And why is being authentic such a big deal?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines authentic as “of undisputed origin; genuine”. In effect, the world is asking you to be your genuine self, who you are at your origin. To me that means who you are outside of the roles you play – outside of being a parent, spouse, sibling, friend, employee, employer and whatever else. Strip away all those layers and what’s left is just YOU. In spiritual terms, that YOU is your soul. In terms of my work, and my blog, that is what the ME in Let ME Out!! really is.

To live authentically means to make decisions in such a way that your ME is always feeling satisfied. When your ME is satisfied, you feel…happy! And it’s the kind of happiness that goes deeper than say the happiness you might feel with the new pair of jeans you just bought. It is deeper and more stable. And when your world gets rocked a little, if you get back to living and thinking from your ME place, you can get back to fulfillment much more quickly.

But is this all self-serving? If it’s all about ME, then what’s in it for the rest of the world? Think about it this way: when you are humming along at an optimal level, who benefits? Obviously, those around you do. But it goes beyond close friends and family. Generally, we are good, loving, kind, empathetic, creative change-makers at this soul level. And there is something here you believe in passionately. You may not know how or when it started, but there’s this relationship you have with a particular ’cause’ or ‘issue’ that just comes from deep inside you.

I bet you know at least one person in your life who lives from this conscious place; you see the beauty they bring to the world. Maybe they feel deeply about animal rights and volunteer their spare time at the animal shelter. Maybe they care about a child’s right to play and they help open a free community playgroup. Hmmm…I bet you are realizing now how many people you actually know who do these things. I bet you’re seeing what you bring to the table, too.

Now imagine being totally conscious of what is important to your authentic self, and then acting on that every day, in big and small ways. How happy do you feel when you are doing something you really believe in? How fulfilled and purposeful are your days when you stay connected with what’s undeniably YOU? And doesn’t that just perpetuate the cycle of giving and receiving?

So, within those pretty posters and poetic expressions, the message to be who you truly are – your genuine, original self – is, in my mind and experience, the single most valuable gift you have been given. You would do well by yourself and the world to practice it.

 

When Creativity Meets Kindness: A Classy Example By Brentwood Mall (@brentwoodinfo)

As a blogger, opening my email can sometimes be surprising. I think it’s great when PR companies reach out to bloggers to be ambassadors for brands or special events – and when a newsworthy item comes along that totally aligns with my blog, I am more than happy to share it.

The first time I heard about doing kind things for others just because as a thing was in high school when the student council announced Random Acts of Kindness Week. I’m glad that the trend hasn’t died down and in fact, has been played out on a huge scale by individuals, small grassroots organizations and big corporations alike. Brentwood Mall in Burnaby, B.C. is no exception.

Take a look at the official press release and video below; this is a great example of when Creativity and Kindness intersect. If you are close enough to Brentwood to get down there on a Friday for a free massage, a dance break or a chance to win free lunch then go for it! But also, I’m sending this out because it may inspire you to start a Feel Good campaign wherever you are! When we use our creativity to do good for others, we are tapping into the best part of ourselves! (Tweet that!)

Brentwood surprises and delights guests with
Feel Good Fridays

Shopping centre picks up the lunch tab, kicks up the beat and soothes sore muscles every Friday afternoon

Burnaby, BC, April 23, 2014 – Thank goodness for Fridays! Shoppers are flocking to Brentwood for Feel Good Fridays in hopes of getting lunch on the house – literally. Every Friday between 12PM and 2PM, up to 10 lucky guests will learn thereis such a thing as a free lunch when Brentwood’s guest services team swoops in and surprises them by picking up the tab, no strings attached.

 

Feel Good Fridays at Brentwood from Brentwood on Vimeo.

“Nothing feels better than putting smiles on people’s faces, and Feel Good Fridays are the perfect way to do so,” said Samia Massoud, marketing director for Brentwood. “Surprising guests with a free meal or coffee never fails to brighten their day.”

Not satisfied with gratis grub? Feel Good Fridays take the positive vibes to new heights with complimentary shoulder and neck massages for guests on the upper level by the food court. Those in need of a dance break can get their groove on at centre court, thanks to old-school R&B, hip-hop and pop favourites courtesy of DJ Juice.

“Feel Good Fridays are all about our guests and showing them our appreciation in a fun, unique way,” added Massoud. “It’s a great feeling to give back to our community.”

About Brentwood: With stores ranging from American Eagle Outfitters to DAVIDsTEA, to Sears and London Drugs, Brentwood is the Lower Mainland’s answer to convenient shopping and excellent guest services. Located at the intersection of Lougheed and Willingdon with a dedicated SkyTrain stop and bus station, Brentwood is accessible and welcoming to all. Stay up to date on news and special promotions offered to valued guests at www.brentwoodtowncentre.com.