NOTHING FEELS AS GOOD AS A JOB WELL DONE

MSA 2013 AISTS Final Report
                                               My Great Swedish Escape

 

The Toronto Twist:

Makes you want to get outdoors just by looking at it, doesn’t it?


 

FAILURE IS APART OF LIFE

The Toronto Twist:

Failure is not an option

Reimer 1st star in win against Penguins

Toronto’s net minder J. Reimer honoured with first star after Leafs win over Penguins last night at ACC, 4-1.

 

LEAD ME, FOLLOW ME OR GET OUT OF MY WAY

  –George S. Patton

The Toronto Twist:

Congratulations to Lanni Marchant who set a new Canadian record at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon with a time of 2:28, yesterday. Her teammate Krista DuChene impressively passed the finish line 32 seconds later. Both women beat the previous record set 28 years ago. Wow!!!

LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

The Toronto Twist:

Take advantage of Toronto’s comedy scene at some great comedy hubs like

Absolute Comedy: www.absolutecomedy.ca

Yuk Yuks: www.yukyuks.com

Second City: www.secondcity.com

 

 

 

 

 

ROAD RAGE STRESSES SANITY

 

Road rage stresses sanity

The Toronto Twist:

Stay Calm and drive on or take the heel-toe express like the new Lululemon store front suggests at Toronto’s Eaton Centre

THERE IS NO PLACE QUITE LIKE EUROPE


Toronto architecture
Near St. Lawrence market, flat iron

 

Taken Today at 10:55 a.m. near St. Lawrence market (Church and Wellington). At lunchtime take a walk around your neighbourhood, or anytime.

THERE’S PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA

 

The Toronto Twist:

Whether your with your family, on a date or by yourself, come walk, stroll or meander around Toronto’s new aquarium. Opened today!

 

Toronto's aquariumhttp://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/

Sport Sustainability Initiative

 Through a chance encounter on the street with a mounted policewoman and long time acquaintance, I was able to learn about a great initiative taking place in the heart of our great city. As she peered down at me from her mighty steed she explained to me that for the past week she had been involved in implementing a program for Canadian Forces (CF) personnel inflicted by illness or injury. This particular program, under the banner Soldier On, involved teaching 10 CF personnel with varying disabilities (for example, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or amputation, etc.) how to ride and take care of a horse. I immediately thought that this was such a great and novel idea and a fantastic medium to give back to a specific group of people who truly deserve it, the men and women of our armed forces.

 

The Soldier On program, and the complementary Soldier On Fund, provides resources and opportunities for ill and injured CF personnel and former personnel to attain and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through physical fitness, recreation and sport. Since November 2007, Solider On has assisted many individuals in many ways, including the purchase of adaptive sports and fitness equipment. They have also offered training sessions and conducted sport development camps across the country.

 

The Soldier On program achieves a number of goals. It encourages ill and injured CF personnel to attain and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. It supports these personnel in increasing their independence, in developing new skills and achieving goals. And finally it provides an opportunity for them to socialize and explore common interests and share learning experiences. [1]

 

The horse palace, a training facility and headquarters of the Toronto police’s Mounted unit held host to the learn to ride program and its conclusory graduation ceremony this past Friday October 11, 2013. I had the honour and privilege to attend their final training session and their graduation. I was moved by the dedication of all the volunteers involved, the enthusiasm for the program from the organizers and the sense of self-satisfaction and happiness from the participants. I thought to myself that such an initiative, making use of volunteers and existing resources in order to provide an uplifting experience for a particular group of people and an opportunity to learn new skills epitomizes the concept of sport social sustainability.  I applaud all involved, from volunteers and fundraisers, to the organizers and the horses. We need more of these sport sustainability initiatives through out our city in order to give back with a greater purpose. Bravo for setting the example and hopefully raising the bar.

Sport Social Sustainability


 www.soldieron.ca

Special thanks to:

Kristina Toomsalu (Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services) and Sergeant James Macintyre (Solder On) and Officer De Kloet (Toronto Police Mounted Unit)

 

1. Quality Control Council of Canada. “The Soldier on Program.”qcc.canada.com. 
14 Oct. 2013 <http://www.qcccanada.com/downloads/troops/Soldier%20On.pdf>

 

 

 

Look both ways before you cross the street

 

The Toronto Twist:

1. Put down your cell phone.

2. Look both ways.

3. If crossing in front of a vehicle, look at the driver and make sure he sees you. It can              save your life.

 

Read it and Re-tweet it.

P.S. Have you done 60 minute of physical activity today?

Life lesson of the day that should be repeated often

Look both ways before crossing the street. Painted on October 9, 2013 York and Queens Quay