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On Saturday, May 31, the ninth annual TELUS Day of Giving happens across Canada. On this special day, TELUS team members and retirees will volunteer at the activity of their choice to make positive, heartfelt and lasting connections within the community.

Celebrating a child’s birthday can be a simple affair, anything from cake, chips, veggies and dip to a much larger fiesta with caterers, entertainment and maybe even a DJ. One thing that Canadians share is a sense of community. Growing up, as a second generation Canadian we never had a clown, magician or petting zoo at our birthday parties. Traditionally, my parents would prepare a large feast and invite all of their friends over along with all of their children. It would be a large scale dinner party, with cake, party hats (they were HUGE back then) and the occasional noise-maker, as if 70 people in the house was not loud enough.

Life is hectic, crazy, busy and non-stop most days. That is until or unless you or someone you love learns of a serious life altering medical condition. First it’s panic, sometimes denial, then eventually acceptance. Along the way, if you’re lucky you do some reflecting, you may find that it changes the way you look at things. Here are some of the Top 10 Life Lessons From the Eye of the Storm that I have come to in recent weeks.

The birds are chirping, the days are a little longer and slowly but surely the weather is warming up. That must mean that the Spring Made by Hand Show is around the corner. It’s an amazing place to find unique gifts for the special person in your life. It’s hosted at the International Centre in Mississauga.

My anger at the ludicrousness of Bill 60 when I wrote my Open Letter to Pauline Marois has transformed over the past few months into a frustrated feeling of sadness. Watching our current government rule my place of birth is the equivalent of watching your childhood home be infested by termites, eating their way through the wood.

The Westin Mont Tremblant just spent $5 million in renovating every one of their 126 guest rooms top to bottom. Once under the rain forest shower in the contemporary bathroom and one night’s sleep in the fluffy Heavenly beds and I felt every single penny of it.

We loved Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes back in December and we’re thrilled to learn that Disney Live is back with Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show in Toronto March 21st to 23rd.

Coco Pazzo in Mont Tremblant is THE place for exquisite Italian food with a huge variety of gluten-free options. They are all about great service, amazing flavours and a luxurious ambiance that makes you feel at home.

Nothing compares to the magic of Disney. I have warm childhood memories of cuddling up on the couch and watching televised performances of Disney on Ice while dreaming of one day attending with my own kids. It’s the perfect union of all my favourite childhood characters and the elegant medium of figure skating; ever more popular right now due to the Olympics. 

We could not imagine being in Mont Tremblant and NOT visiting one of our absolute favourite restaurants, Crêperie Catherine. It was cold and snowy outside and as we stepped through the foyer, the smell of sweet buttery crêpes filled our nostrils and the warmth from the griddles instantly fogged up my glasses.
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