The Power of Independently Generated Happiness

Whether by childhood conditioning or by personality, I’m a fixer.  I want to fix things.  I want to make them better. To this end I would focus on my problems, both internal and external.  I figured that if I could get super clear on them, and find a way to fix them–fix myself–then I’d be…

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Gobsmacked!

[Here is an article by the Mustard Seed executive director, Chris Riddell, talking about his reaction to the extreme makeover…] Gobsmacked! It’s an expression you don’t hear or see in print that often but it is the exact one I could find to describe our reaction to the recent Hero Work renovation of the Mustard…

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Balance is bonkers; harmony is heathy.

“Was I or much of my team in balance? Certainly not. Was it the right thing to do? Certainly was.”

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The Power of an Introvert…

You may be surprised, but I am an introvert. I love spending time by myself. Left to my own devices, I’d rather be the guy at the back of the room, the guy who is quite, unassuming. Which is why it surprises me that I’m doing what I’m doing. But when I look at it,…

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Old Voices

Last night I was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by Halo Business Networking. To be honest, I didn’t think much about the event before hand. I was busy doing my thing. (In fact all yesterday afternoon I was doing the exciting task of combining and categorizing the volunteer, sponsor, and team lists into…

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Citizen of the Year

Tonight I won the Citizen of the Year Award at the Halo Networking 4th Annual Gala. I’m deeply honoured by this. Thanks to all of those who made the Mustard Seed extreme makeover possible. Thanks to Kent McFadyen,Denise Marie Hamalainen, and my darling Audrey Mairi who came to support me. And thanks to Halo Haley Larson who nominated me in…

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The Reveal Is Getting Closer, and We’re Working Even Harder

Here are even more images of the Hero’s in action!! Enjoy. Check out our photographers galleries and websites from time to time as they add more images over the course of the Makeover: Adriana’s Gallery, Leona Fowler’s Website, Bob St. Cyr’s Site, Tom Gore’s Gallery and Gillian Edward’s Site. And remember to check out Hero…

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Extreme Makeover In Full Swing

It just keeps getting better and better!! More volunteers, more sponsors … everyone working hard and a real sense of community!! Here are some more images of the Hero’s in action!! Enjoy. Check out our photographers galleries and websites from time to time as they add more images over the course of the Makeover: Adriana’s…

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Renovation Heros Hard at Work

The excitement builds!! An incredible team of sponsors and volunteers are working morning through night — painting, upgrading electrical, upgrading plumbing, puttying, sanding, leveling floors … you get the picture. And behind the scenes, more sponsors/volunteers are keeping the troops fed with hot and tasty food; filming a documentary movie (be sure to watch the…

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Day 1 – The Demolition

Wow, what a crew!!! Not a moment went by before the crowd scattered and went to work on the demolition to make way for the awesome renovations (after-all, who doesn’t like a good demolition?). Check out our photographers galleries and websites from time to time as they add more images over the course of the…

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March to The Mustard Seed, the Extreme Makeover Begins!

The 24th of March finally arrived … and with it, the beginning of the extreme makeover of The Mustard Seed. This is Adriana, one of the photographers on the team of photographers that will be documenting and sharing the experience during the next 8 days. Paul’s going to have his hands full managing the makeover…

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Strangely at Ease

Strangely, I feel at ease. I feel probably more at ease now than in months.  I know there are some serious holes to fill.  We’ve got to get first aid level 2 attendants, as well as lumber and supplies for the outside garbage enclosure, plus a bunch of small things (like 5 upholstery companies, some…

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It Ain’t Easy, But It’s Totally Cool

I started with breakfast and meditation, follow up by emails and phone calls to sponsors (and, most importantly, prospective sponsors). Then off to the Mustard Seed for a two hour meeting with the Onsite Leaders. They are the one in charge of all the things outside of the reno: food service, safety, volunteer sign in,…

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Peninsula Coop builds community (no surprise)

Till yesterday we were running seriously short of funds.  We were doubting we could get it all done. We were going to have to let some reno go…some big things weren’t going to get done. But then the Peninsula Coop heard about what we’re doing.  They looked at our website.  They talked to a few…

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This ain’t Hollywood; it’s real life.

This is a community-based extreme makeover.  It’s done by people you know, by neighbors and the business right down the road.  It’s done by people with other jobs, with families, and lives to live. The Mustard Seed closes for a week, which is why we have to have the reno done in a week.  But…

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The Importance of Local Business

As you can imagine I spend a lot of time talking to different people, groups, and businesses in the community.  So I think I’ve got a unique vantage point.  From where I sit local business people are head and shoulders above large international companies. The local guy looks you in the eye and says “yes”…

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A new generation of builder

A last minute addition to the makeover is a construction project that will enclose the ugliest garbage bins around that normally are right in front of the food bank. Luckily, Glenn Hamilton, principle of GH Construction, who came to the makeover via Habitat for Humanity, has stepped up to build this. It will beautify what’s…

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No posts is a good thing…

Yup. If I’m not posting it means that I’m waaaay too busy and simply don’t have the time.  Or rather I’ve got higher priority things to do. Case in point is the Volunteer Portal. It took days of hard work to get it up and running. First all of the shifts had to be coordinated…

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Volunteer Portal Nearly Open

The Volunteer Portal is nearly open! In a couple of days it will open. Another milestone reached! OMG it’s happening!I just finished the volunteer spreadsheet with all the non-reno volunteers required to pull off this event. This, with supporting documents, were just sent off to Akimi Labs (David and Anissa Agahchen) who built the volunteer portal…

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Designer on Fire; Pass the Gasoline!

One the crucial elements to putting on an extreme makeover is the ability to inspire other people and companies to get involved.  It’s not just about one or two big companies doing the whole job; it’s about a community effort, about a whole range of constituents coming together. Well, Denise Hamalainen, being a inspirational and powerhouse…

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