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03 Jun, 2015

Be a hero, for CHEO!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

The annual CHEO Telethon is taking place June 6 and 7. It’s their single biggest fundraiser of the year – and they really need our help. Every year the CHEO Telethon is dedicated to honouring our bravest superheroes. At CHEO, superheroes fight some of the world’s scariest foes—enemies like cancer, failing organs and brain injuries. While kids […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot about community lately, and the fact that you can’t have a strong community without some strong people in it. It’s important to recognize those people because more often than not, they don’t want to shine the spotlight on themselves. This is what I like about the United Way Community Builder Awards. […]

04 May, 2015

Can we work together to make #EveryPlateFull ?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

It is estimated that this summer, 918,724 Canadians will rely on food banks to provide over 26 million plates of food. The sad reality is that donations to food banks decline during the summer and food banks are unable to keep up with demand. From May 2 to 8, food banks across Canada will come […]

The human body never ceases to amaze me. If you repeat the tiniest of physical actions, you will get better at them. Take for example, brushing your teeth with your left hand. If you’re right-handed, and you try it with your left, you’ll find it really awkward at first but the more do you it, […]

05 Jun, 2014

When someone comes knocking at the door

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|parenting|Yaktivism

When we renovated our home we opted for a front door with a high window. This was a good call for two reasons: (1) Our house faces east, so the window illuminates a relatively dark corner of the house. (2) I feel like I have more security/privacy than our neighbours who have larger windows in […]


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