It was a true pleasure to participate in the “news” of our renewed commitment to the Molson Canadian Fund a Champion program. The program is providing ten of our Canadian Olympic hopefuls with a $10,000 grant each through the Canadian Olympic Committee in support of their training and costs leading up to the Sochi games in 2014. Georgia Simmerling and Cody Sorenson were on hand at our Calgary sales and marketing office this past Friday for a conversation about their preparation for this exciting moment in their lives. Truth is, their exciting moments become moments that Canadians from cost to coast to coast to enjoy, as we will be cheering on our Olympians at the Sochi games. Best wishes to our “Fund a Champion” athletes and to all of those Olympic hopefuls as they pursue their Olympic dream in the weeks and months ahead. Cheers ! @MolsonFerg
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If you follow our community blog you will be familiar with a few stories about the miraculous recovery of Michael Coss after a terrible accident seven years ago that caused a brain injury and total immobility at the time. Michael has continued to fight back from days when he and his family were told that he would never walk again. He shared this story with me this week. I promised Michael that I would post this for him. As we step into Our Beer Print month at Molson Coors, it’s a natural fit to shine a light on this terrific story about a man who had the courage to come back. Cheers Michael !
Saturday, September 7th will see a more DIVERSE group of hikers take to the trail for the 4th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge.
On Saturday, September 7, Michael Coss and event founder Alex Bell invite Tri-City residents to come out for the Crunch Challenge to help demonstrate the power of community and show how much more is possible when we embrace diversity. The hike-a-thon is a fundraising event to build an Embracing Diversity Community Fund with the Coquitlam Foundation.
Using just a cane, brain injury survivor and activist Michael Coss will take on the Crunch to help Bell launch a new participation category encouraging people with mobility challenges to join the event and enjoy the trail. Once told he would never walk, talk or feed himself independently again, Michael’s motto is ‘Anything is possible, when you believe’. Just a year out of his wheelchair, Michael says, “I am pumped…” to be using just a cane to take to the trail and lead the way for people with mobility barriers to participate in the event.
Michael is on his own journey to ‘Anything’s Possible”. After suffering a Traumatic Brain injury in a 2006 MVA, Michael’s family was told he would never walk or talk. Since that time, Michael has become a published author, from his hospital bed Michael was the biggest individual fundraiser for the 2007 Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion campaign, participated in two Terry Fox events and has launched a foundation to raise funds for rehabilitation options for brain injured children. Michael is pleased to have ‘divorced’ his wheelchair soon after winning the 2012 Courage to Come Back Award for Physical Rehabilitation. A former Coquitlam resident, Michael is an inspiration to many as he shares his message of “Anything is possible, when you believe.”
The Crunch Challenge continues to offer two additional participation categories: as early as 6:30 a.m. “Make-It-or-Break-It” challengers may start in pursuit of a personal best or the top spot by completing as many ascents as they can in a 12 hour period, then Recreational Category registration starts at 9 a.m. for participants wanting to enjoy the trail and support the idea of a welcoming and Diverse community.
The Crunch Challenge starts on the trail alongside the Lacrosse Box parking lot (behind Scott Creek Middle School), but Coss will arrive at 10 a.m. for a ‘Meet and Greet’ outside Northside Church at Lansdowne and David. The ‘Path to Anything’s Possible’ will officially launch at 10:30 a.m. once Bell hikes up from below to join Michael for the opening.
Using only a cane, Michael will make his way step-by-step from David, past the dog park and up to Bramblewood Elementary. Proceeds from the Crunch Challenge go to build a Community Diversity fund with the Coquitlam Foundation. Suggested donation is $20 per participant.
For details please see www.coquitlamcrunch.com or email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTO CREDIT – Craig Hodge
This evening I received a note from Ted Moroz, President of the Beer Store system in Ontario. He was recounting the reasons that he and his team engage in an annual fundraising effort for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. I will let you read it for yourself. It is a terrific reflection on how we can make a difference for those in need. Thanks for sharing Ted and thanks for letting me share on our blog. Cheers to the difference that you and the employees and customers of the Beer Store continue to make.
Here it is…
“Why do I raise funds to fight Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Blood Cancers?
A couple of years ago, while participating in our annual “Returns for Leukemia” bottle drive at the Alliston Beer Store, I noticed members of our team approach a mom and her little boy, who were beginning to pile empties on a cart, to explain what we were doing – collecting empty beer, wine and liquor containers and cashing them in to donate to blood cancer research. The mom replied that her young son, who we figured was about 9 or 10, had just spent several hours cleaning up the garage and gathering up the empties so the refund coming back was rightfully his. We smiled understandingly and started to help them with the empties regardless. We were out of earshot, but saw the little boy tug on his mom’s sleeve and she bent down to speak with him. The mom rose to look at us with a tear in her eye and she relayed that her little boy had a friend at school who was sick with Leukemia and he wanted to donate these empties to help his friend.
A few months ago, a very close friend and one of the best bosses I ever had buried his son after he lost his battle with Lymphoma. I don’t think any parent should ever have to bury her or his own child and experience such unbearable agony.
There is an employee at our Brampton distribution centre by the name of Chris Bidner. And Chris’s wife Jane is also a beer store employee and 12R24 member who works at one of our Guelph locations. Besides being all round nice people, Chris and Jane have always been big supporters of our annual fundraising campaigns and Chris is a real go-getter when it comes to raising the bar and encouraging his co-workers at Brampton DC to help out. Chris and Jane’s four year-old grandson Nevan has been diagnosed with Leukemia and will endure treatments for the next 2 years.
Last year at the Quarter Century meeting, a celebration we have for employees upon achieving twenty five years of service, I ran into Jim Silva and his wife Margaret. Jim is a store manager in Toronto. Margaret went on to tell me how proud she was that her husband’s company, along with UFCW Local 12R24, raised so much for Leukemia research. Their 18 year old daughter Samantha, who had just started school at the University of Guelph, and had made the Lacrosse team, had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Samantha is in remission thanks to the advances of modern day research and returned to Guelph last year helping her Lacrosse team make it to the finals. Jim also wanted to pass along how vitally important it is to donate blood.
So why do I help raise funds for Leukemia research? I do it so little kids can just be little kids and not have to worry or see their friends have leukemia. I do it so parents do not have to bury their children who have succumbed to the awful diseases. I do it so Jane and Chris Bidner can watch their grandchild grow and other four year olds do not have to go through multiple years of chemotherapy. I do it so that Jim and Margaret can cheer on Samantha and her lacrosse team. That’s why.
This past year, The Beer Store and Local 12R24 raised over $1.7 million in the fight against blood cancers. Next year’s campaign is officially underway and I am going to once again run a half marathon (21K) to help out and raise money for the fight.
If you have already made a donation to someone on our team or your company has already donated then I apologize for sending this to you. Thank you and by all means “delete’. But if you have not donated and would like to make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLSC’s mission, that would be greatly appreciated. I hope you’ll visit my web site. Cheers and thank you for your support!
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Thanks Ted ! @MolsonFerg
With a few more tweaks, this 35-metre bridge will be available for public use and complete a hiking trail network in one of the busiest conservation trails in Ottawa. “The community now has a permanent pedestrian link to the 12 km network of lovely forest, wetland and field trails right in the middle of the burgeoning southern Ottawa area,” says Charles Billington, Executive Director of RVCF.
The bridge was delivered on March 6th in two pieces with a lot of work still to be done. One of the nearby streets had to be closed for a few hours in the night for specialists to reassemble it. Then just after midnight, the new bridge was swung into place with a giant crane.
“As much as this project was out of our comfort zone, it was the best example of collaboration I have ever experienced. Everybody took their part and did a bang up job,” said Kristy Giles, Conservation Lands Manager for RVCA.
This is a shining example of what we can accomplish when we all come together with a common goal to build a positive community. Kyle Robertson, Sales Representative at Molson Coors, is just one of many who are looking forward to traversing on the new bridge: “Being a dog owner and active community supporter, this project is a very exciting one. Not only does it allow for permanent exposure to the beautiful sights and sounds around the Rideau, but it helps promote more active lifestyles in the community which is incredibly important.”
Charles Billington also sent his thanks to the team at Molson Coors and the 250 people who cheered for the project during “Cheering Phase” that took place early last year. “We are delighted with the result and I hope you can share our pride in bringing this amazing new feature to the outdoor walking facilities in the area.”
Greetings to you and yours on this early Sunday morning (ET) of what is known in three provinces in Canada as “Family Day Weekend”. Tomorrow is a day granted as a statuatory holiday to spend time with family, recharge batteries, take in the art gallery, museum, local fascination that you’ve never seen before. Since I’m in Detroit at a hockey tournament with my son’s Midget Junior team I note that it is also “President’s Day” tomorrow, being the third Monday of February and marking a holiday in the US. Like in Canada it is perhaps one of those days to just be home to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the day in what ever special way you might have in mind for you and the family. Some may travel, some may catch up, some may get their place straightened out in aniticipation of spring around the corner. Regardless it is a reminder for us (for me anyway) that all we do is really about family. So a toast to you and yours on this family day weekend in Ontario Canada. May you enjoy being with those around you or just connecting with those in your family that may be distant but just a phone call or click away. Cheers…and how will you be spending your family day weekend ? @MolsonFerg