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I've never sat on a Board before, so feel quite honoured to have been nominated and then elected as a Board Member for Sport Calgary.


I'm one of 3 new participants...joining Sheila Taylor , CEO of CGY Parks Foundation and Danny Da Costa General Manager of the Alberta Tennis Centre.


I look forward to helping promote the benefits of active living while sharing what I know from my work in both Calgary school boards re: physical literacy and reading literacy.


Carpe Diem!







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Yep...that's right.


While I engage with more and more educators on this journey, I'm learning and seeing first hand the effects of too much screen time.


Children are sadly missing key fine motor skills that would typically have been learned in the home. i.e How to use scissors.


So now schools are bringing in Occupational Therapists to work with these students for activities like cut and paste.


A grade 2 teacher recently told me that she had to help a student walk down the stairs!


This is truy heartbreaking to me...because its completely preventable.



The latest guidelines now suggest toddlers should get at least 3 hours of physical activity A DAY.



Please Dear Parents.....think of moderation when you manage the devices and try for outdoor play and lots of movement for your littles ones. 



Carpe Diem,





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LOVED seeing these boots standing in as goal posts on the pond in Canmore, AB.


Reminded me of when I was a kid growing up in Guelph Ontario. Practically every night after dinner we'd walk to the neighbourhood rink (on our own) and just play! 

I'd create figure skating routines to the music in my head and pretend I was in the Olympics.


We need so much MORE of this - UNSTRUCTURED , FREE PLAY.


Parents! Please keep this in mind...your children will benefit greatly. And being outdoors is also so good for their mental, spiritual and physical health! 


Carpe Diem,




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Extremely grateful for the opportunity to create this event with Edmonton Public Schools, the Edmonton Speed Skating Association and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.


We connected Gr 1/2's to the Olympics, the sport of speed skating and the importance of reading literacy. 


Thank you Your Honor for the wonderful reading of Lucy Tries Short Track!


 Fantastic Demo by Cody and Erin...Good luck this season!


Would love to expand Lucy school program to rural + high needs communities with a sponsor who cares about education and health/wellness.


Carpe Diem,



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If these students are now inspired to go skating or sledding this winter or sign up for soccer...then these books are fulfilling their purpose.


Extremely thankful to the Honourable Lois Mitchell, the current Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. 

Her Honour is undertaking many projects to strengthen literacy in Alberta and this week she donated a few books to the Medicine Hat Public School Board.


THANK YOU again to all of you for supporting this mission:  To inspire children to read and be active by reinforcing the benefits of sport. 



Carpe Diem,



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We were definitely ahead of our time with the creation of Sports Axxess at The Score...17 years ago Exec Anthony Ciccone green lit this groundbreaking series.


Incredibly, Its STILL the only one of its kind - Hmmmmm what does that say?


Great team, wonderful storytelling - a definite hilight from my sports TV career. TY!


Carpe Diem



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Extremely grateful to 6x Olympian (Softball, Ice Hockey) Hayley Wickenheiser for endorsing Lucy Tries Hockey. THANK YOU! 


Hayley is on a mission to grow the game internationally and has done an amazing job with "Wickfest"- the Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival.


Over the course of two weekends in November 16-19 and 23-26, 2,000+ players will compete and connect while building positive female hockey experiences across all levels.


For more information and registration details, visit




Carpe Diem




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Pretty awesome stuff.


Thanks Three Gorges Press for buying the Chinese rights to Lucy especially as we head towards the 2018 Olympic Winter Games! Luge and Speed Skating back in the spotlight!


Carpe Diem






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Like many Authors, I've gone through my share of rejections.


It took 7 years and 10 rejection letters before the Lucy series received a YES from a traditional publisher.


For animation, I think we are now up to 8 passes from studios/networks in 2 years of pitching.


But I take solace in the fact that reportedly it took many many tries (years) before Peppa Pig received the green light. 


Sometimes it can be draining to hear all the NO's but then I change my thought process to "This is the journey...and it will come."


If you truly believe in something then you"ll make it happen. It just takes patience.  


And what a lesson THAT has been for this A type. :):) lol! 



Carpe Diem


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Its always an exciting time when you start to see the artwork that will eventually accompany your words.


Super psyched to see how many more children and families Lucy can inspire through Book 4 - Lucy Tries Hockey!


Here's another early concept drawing from James :) 



Carpe Diem,





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Incredible day.

After a visit to Ecole Holy Name Elementary School in January, Principal Mary Laviolette encouraged her entire staff and students to create a Lucy book.

Two months later, I found myself part of a special assemby where Grade 1 to 6 students presented their beautfully crafted Lucy stories....14 of them! 

I was overcome - and even teared up a few times as they proudly read their books.

After all the challenges to bring the series forward, it was pretty amazing to see how Lucy connected with these students.

The children had clearly researched their topics and many rhymed...also in French!! (which is very hard to do)

Yoga...Trampoline...Skeleton...Archery...Biathlon to name a few...WOW.


 Kids reading at Ecole





 Mary said "Lucy has helped our students see the value of taking a risk and that all success begins when you try!"

 "The experience unified us all with a common goal. Our school has developed a relationship with Lucy, she's now a friend to all of us." 


Thank you Mary for your vision and your encouragement. Indeed, so many opportunities with this work.

Merci Ecole Holy Name - my bucket is truly overflowing!



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Dear Friends,


When one door closes at least 4 will open! That's been my experience and I'm expecting the same again.


An amazing 12+ year ride at CTV Calgary ended this week. Its been a wonderful place to tell stories and support amateur sport.


Have been super blessed for the career I've carved out in sports TV so far.


The photo gallery is just a snippet!



Looking forward to what's next while moving the Lucy project to another level!!!!


SO excited about Book 4 - Lucy Tries Hockey. Here's an early concept drawing from James.Lucy Hockey Image 1

Lucy is already making a difference by inspiring children to learn about the benefits of sport!


So am super pumped about the next stage of "our" journey. ;)





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There are SO many highs and lows on this book journey.


A real low are the rejection letters.


I had NINE Publishers say NO to Lucy Tries Luge.



But if you truly believe in something - you just perservere.



Thanks for this review and your support


I just know our combined efforts will make a difference in getting more kids active!




Carpe Diem,



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Thanks SO Much to my hometown - Guelph, Ontario for it's support.


Truly grateful!

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It has truly been an interesting ride in front of the camera. 


Circa 1991 at the mighty 'ol CKY near Polo Park in Winnipeg. Look at that HAIR! LOL! First on air gig - started on the Noon sports. Boy was I ever green! But OH so hungry to learn and work at this craft. 


At that time, the station was right beside the old Arena which was extremely convenient for Jets post game. You would write your cast...while watching the games of the over to the dressing rooms, grab some clips, write an impact player of the game sidebar - and be ready for the show with time to spare. Unless of course the game went long. MUCH different now I find in terms of expectations. My colleagues in Winnipeg are back beside an NHL rink once again with the MTS centre so it's full circle for the Jets and CTV.



May 2016 at CTV Calgary following stops at TSN, The Score and the CBC.

Still enjoy my Sunday anchor shift. Always the best day of the week to work when you are a sportscaster!

PT at CTV allows me to pursue other projects while still working in this crazy industry. So super grateful for that!

As I tell the Kidcasters, if your'e going to do something 8-10 hours a day...better make it something you LOVE.


Carpe Diem,



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Was extremely thrilled and grateful for our recent campaign with Sport Chek - the largest Canadian retailer of sporting clothing and sports equipment.


If you bought any soccer ball, kid's cleats or kid's shin guards received a FREE Lucy Tries Soccer book!


So this was a wonderful connection between literacy and physical activity.


Thanks again to the Team at Sport Chek for encouraging kids to get active and stay active!


This was SO cool. :))



Carpe Diem,






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We had our first signing event in Ontario with the Lucy books last weekend and I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to Owner Michael Fredson of Manticore Books in Orillia.


Simcoe County is lucky to have such a wonderful Indie in it's midst!


A special shout out to the the Mallinson family and a big Thanks to Orillia Today and the Packet and Times for their coverage along with my colleagues at CTV Barrie - your support means a great deal in this journey.

TY again!



Speaking of Indie book stores...a friendly reminder that its Authors for Indies Day - Saturday April 30th.


Support your local independent book store - they are true treasures and best of all...they know their books!


If you are in the Calgary region, I"ll be at Owls Nest in Britannia - please come by and say Hi!






Carpe Diem











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Due to the changes in our industry, I'm quite reflective these days.

Hence the following:


When I was a regular on the Flames beat, me and Ron used to share malts after the 2nd INT. Last night we renewed that tradition for the first time since '97!


The most rewarding part of any job is the people you meet along the way.

And boy! have I EVER been blessed! :)


Btw, the TSN press box seat in the Saddledome is the same one that all Bureau reporters have sat in since TSN first went on the air in 1984!


During my first tour, I used to sit between two broadcast legends - Ken Newans and the late Ed Whalen.

How lucky I was back then as a twenty-something working to become the best reporter I could be!


I'm happy to keep the TSN perch warm for a few games while Jermain is off covering March Madness.



Carpe Diem,



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I've said it before I know. But I'm in the mood tonight to say it again:


Being a 1st time children's book Author can be a massively frustrating challenge.


The amount of marketing/publicity/social media and TIME that's required to spread the news about your project is well...mind blowing!


As a result, my health suffered to close out 2015.


Now I'm trying to lower my expectations a little and "work smarter not harder." (Thanks Heather Dougall)



And then today I received this email from a School Librarian:



On behalf of Exshaw School students and staff, we want to send out a big "THANK YOU"! The other day we received two copies of your "Lucy" books. We now have them in our Library. Yesterday I read "Lucy tries Short Track" to our Kindergarten class and they were interested to find out about the different skates and curious as to  who was going to win.We even all stood up to try to feel what it was like leaning over to one side and trying to touch the ground. One of our EA's has a son who is competing in speed skating at the Alberta Winter Games so we were able to make a connection there as well. What a great concept you have developed to encourage students to learn about sports and sportsmanship. We look forward to following Lucy as she keeps trying different sports!
You have completely lifted this Author's spirits!
And so Lucy... ONWARD we shall go!
But smartly.



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