Mike Ryan to Receive National Award

Mike Ryan, Founder & CEO, Clean Scene

For a quarter of a century, Mike Ryan, has tirelessly and passionately worked to steer youth away from drugs, addiction and crime and to, instead, pursue a purposeful life. He has credibility. Mike was a addict and criminal himself who turned his own life around and has become a nationally recognized leader in addiction prevention, education and addict care.

The Canadian Criminal Justice Association will present Mike Ryan the 2013 Restoration Award, given to former offenders who have overcome the challenge of their past and made an exemplary contribution towards rehabilitation, restoration and a more humane and effective justice system.

The award will be presented to Mike at the 34th Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice in Vancouver, October 2-5, 2013.

Mike’s goals are first to educate and inspire the youth of Alberta to lead drug and crime free lifestyles. Secondly to reduce the stigma of addictions so that recovering addicts can become healthy and accepted members of society with productive futures.Thirdly to create a new facility to treat youth addictions and reduce the numbers waiting for treatment. Lastly to help our communities in Alberta and across our country understand the dangers facing our youth and in doing so reduce the amount of drug related crime.

I congratulate Mike on his well deserved award and thank him for his commitment to youth.

A Child Teaches | The Greatest Gift

Harrison, Janice, Carson and Jorgia Moore

 

On this Mother’s Day I want to share a wonderful true story about motherhood from my friend Janice Moore.

“When I had my first child, Jorgia, I was twenty-five. Jorgia was the first grand-child in the family and everyone was excited. When I came home from the hospital the house was filled with flowers.”

“When I had my second child, my son Harrison, there were fewer flowers when I came home. In my thirties, I had my third child,  my son Carson. There was only one bouquet of flowers when I came home. Jorgia and Harrison, who were young at the time, fought over who would give me the flowers. The bouquet was a little worse for their efforts.”

“I sat on the couch looking at the mangled flowers on the coffee table and said to Jorgia, ‘It’s sure is different bringing home the third baby than the first baby’ , thinking it was sad there isn’t as much celebration in bringing Carson home as there was when I brought home Jorgia.

“You’re right mom!,” Jorgia said. “When I came home there was only two people here to love me. Carson has four people here to love him.”

“With a tear in my eye I held out my arms and Jorgia came to me and we hugged. From that day, I try to remember that love is the greatest gift.”

Janice, is now a single mother. “Some people say it must be tough to be alone. I’m not alone. I have my three children. They add so much to my life. Loving them and being loved back is the best gift.”

Janice Moore is the Director of Development at Junior Achievement where, as part of the management team, she is focused on making a difference in the lives of young people here in Edmonton and Northern Alberta.

Happy Mother’s Day Janice, and to Mother’s everywhere.

Margaret Thatcher: Edmonton, A City of Achievers

Margaret Thatcher was the keynote speaker at the Edmonton Oilers fundraising dinner for Junior Achievement in February, 1997. I was there, and in her speech she described Edmonton, as “a city of achievers.” She was an amazing orator and it was an honor to be there.

Margaret Thatcher was quite the achiever herself. Born into modest circumstances in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on October 13, 1925, she became the first of her family to attend University. In 1979, she was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the only woman to have held the post, and remained in office until 1990, making her the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century.

Margaret Thatcher, dead at 87, on April 9, 2013.

Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say. You turn if you want to; the lady’s not for turning.

Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well.

We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty.

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing.

In her Eulogy of Ronald Reagan: We have lost a great president, a great American, and a great man, and I have lost a dear friend…Ronald Reagan knew his own mind. He had firm principles and, I believe, right ones. He expounded them clearly. He acted upon them decisively. When the world threw problems at the White House, he was not baffled or disorientated or overwhelmed. He knew almost instinctively what to do.

I have taken the liberty to rewrite the closing of her eulogy for Ronald Reagan, which seems so perfect a tribute to her too.

Margaret’s mind was clouded by illness. That cloud has now lifted. She is herself again, more herself than at any time on this Earth, for we may be sure that the Big Fellow upstairs never forgets those who remember him. And as the last journey of this faithful pilgrim took her beyond the sunset, and as heaven’s morning broke, I like to think, in the words of Bunyan, that “all the trumpets sounded on the other side.”

Roger Ebert | A Legacy in His Own Words

Film Reviewer Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert, the best known American film reviewer, died Thursday,  April 4, 2012, from cancer. He was 70.

He won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism, the first, and one of only three, given to a film reviewer since the category was created in 1970. In 2005, he received another honor when he became the first critic to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After winning the Pulitzer Prize he partnered with Gene Siskel to do film reviews on television using their trade-marked “two thumps up!” They were the most influential film reviewers of their time.

His greatest legacy, in my view, are the conclusions he reached from a lifetime of living, expressed in his own words.

Roger Ebert, in his own words:

“No good film is too long and no bad movie is short enough.”

“We fought like cats and dogs, but we always loved each other.” (On his relationship with Gene Siskel)

“My newspaper job … is my identity.”

“Kindness covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”

“Years from now it is quite possible that ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ will be seen as the definitive film of the 1960s.”

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”

“No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.”

“To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion.”

“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn’t.”

“I’ve been around a long time, and young men, if there is one thing I know, it is that the only way to kiss a girl for the first time is to look like you want to and intend to, and move in fast enough to seem eager but slow enough to give her a chance to say ‘So anyway …’ and look up as if she’s trying to remember your name.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Ebert and wife Chaz Hammelsmith

“She fills my horizon, she is the great fact of my life, she has my love, she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading,” he wrote about wife Chaz Hammelsmith.

“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”

“I do not fear death. I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear.” (From Ebert’s book, Life Itself: A Memoir).

“…thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”

Rest in peace Roger, thank you for your reviews and your insights.

Empower Students Through International Internships

 

 

AIESEC Edmonton is the University of Alberta chapter of the world’s largest student organization. AIESEC is an international non profit organization that provides students with leadership training and international internship opportunities at for-profit and non-profit organizations.

AIESEC Corporate Breakfast 2013

Crowne Plaza | Chateau Lacombe

10111 Bellamy Hill Road, Edmonton, Alberta

7:00 AM, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Keynote Presentation By

Larry Anderson, President & CEO

The ManCap Group

Create An Enduring Legacy

The Five Choices that are The Foundation

of Success, Fulfillment and Happiness

 

“Larry’s message is extraordinary but his impact comes with his delivery. He is genuine and simply shares his message with utmost sincerity, passion, and raw honesty.”

Jay Ball, CEO Junior Achievement

“Larry gave a memorable talk on self directed learning…he played a key role in an amazing and inspiring day.”

Ken Bautista, Chair, TEDxEdmonton

“I heartily endorse Larry Anderson as a speaker, mentor and communicator.”

Ralph B. Young, CEO Melcor Developments Ltd., Chancellor, University of Alberta

 

Local businesses help AISEC by providing financial support by attending the Corporate Breakfast and by providing intern placement opportunities for international students.

 Please Buy Your Tickets By April 19th

You can buy tickets online at

http://aiesec.ca/edmonton/corporate-breakfast/

If you have questions or concerns please contact Kayla Baretta at 780-717-8918


Grade Ten Student to Perform at the Jubilee Auditorium

Emerging Artist – Daylin Jorgenson – Guest Performer 

At the Celebrate Songs of Human Condition Concert

Veteran music producer, Rob Hewes, on behalf of the Larry and Janet Anderson Philanthropies and with the support of the Victoria School of the Arts, conducted a series of songwriting workshops in the spring of 2012, at the Victoria School of the Arts.

Workshop participants each brought a song that they had composed and Hewes provided informative, critical input as well as inviting the same from all in the songwriter’s circle.  The students were thrilled at the personal attention that each received and responded positively to this unique and professional experience.  At the conclusion of the workshop series, the student participants were asked to vote for the best song created at the workshop. The song selected was The Go!, written by Daylin Jorgensen, a student who just began Grade 10 last week.

Over the summer, Rob Hewes worked with Daylin to create an orchestration and produce the song for performance and recording.

Daylin has been invited to perform The Go! at the Celebrate! Songs of the Human Condition Concert, on September 16 at the Jubilee Auditorium, as a special guest performer.

See Daylin perform The Go! and see 11 other amazing Edmonton singer songwriters perform two original songs each at the  Celebrate! Songs of the Human Condition Concert, September 16 at the Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets $20 plus service fees at Ticketmaster.ca

Concert Trailer

More Information: www.CelebrateSongwriting.com

 

Please Join Me: Attend This Concert

 

 

See and hear all of these amazing Edmonton Singer Songwriters in one concert.

Anna Beaumont | Brian McLeod | Brooke Trelenberg | Carling Hack |

Christin McCauley | Erin Mulcair | Jay Willis | Jordan Kaminski |

Martin Kerr | Rob Hewes | Roland Majeau | Susan jane Hodge

Under the direction of veteran music producer, Rob Hewes and featuring the Celebrate Band.

 

At the Spring “Off Broadway” Concert the response was overwhelmingly positive.

 

“It blew me away! A real nice variety. I loved the whole mix.”

Annemarie Petrov, Executive Director, ESO

 

“One of the best concerts I’ve seen in years!”

Tami Dowler-Coltman, Principal, Victoria School of the Arts

 

“Each artist impressed us with the quality of their music and writing. It’s uplifting.”

Neil Wilkinson, Ethics Commissioner, Alberta

 

See the concert trailer.

For more information visit the concert website.

 

This concert is 100% sponsored so that all the ticket revenue can empower youth.

100% of Ticket Revenue Donated to charities that support youth.

Youth Empowering Self Talk Initiative in Edmonton High Schools – students helping students improve their self talk supported by funding from this concert!

Youth Empowerment and Support Services – YESS, formerly Youth Emergency Shelter – awakens and empowers at risk youth by first providing safety and then fostering the healing from homelessness, abuse and addiction and by supporting job preparation and education in partnership with other agencies.

Junior Achievement – awakens and empowers youth through in-class discussion, materials and exercises about financial literacy and the economics of staying in school and through the life-changing experience of starting and running a real business in the JA Company Program.

Free the Children – Free The Children domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America and the UK to realize their full potential as agents of change. Their international projects, led by their holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, has brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.

Literacy and Learning Day – Literacy and Learning Day helps parents support the education of their children by providing the insights of world renown keynote speakers (examples: Barbara Coloroso, David Bouchard) the advice of experts on a host of parenting and education challenges through workshops and other resources all for free. This enables the parents to help awaken and empower their children.

Please join me and attend. Bring some friends.

 

Celebrate! Songs of the Human Condition

Sunday, September 16, 2012 7 PM

Jubilee Auditorium

11455-87 Ave.

Tickets $20 plus service fees

Tickets available At

Ticketmaster

By phone: 1-855-985-5000

Thank you, I hope to see you there.

 

 

Please Help Me Empower Youth

This is NOT a fundraising request. I’m asking for your help.

Please join me in an effort to rescue the dreams of discouraged youth. To provide youth with insights and tools to empower them to make better choices and to live a life of fulfillment and happiness

I remember how lost I was as a teenager. It isn’t any easier being a teenager today. Some of the challenges are just different. I must try to help. I want to reduce abandoned dreams, high school drop outs, teen suicide, drug use, crime and a host of other results from the negative story some youth tell themselves about themselves and the criticism they hear in their heads.

I believe every person is gifted. Each of is born with a unique set of talents, abilities, interests, passions and dreams that defines our unique promise.

I believe every person is powerful. Our power is in our choices.

I believe every person is important. Each of us can choose to make a difference in the lives of others in a way that is meaningful to us. This will provide the fulfillment and happiness we all seek.

Join me in telling youth: You are gifted. You are powerful. You are important. I believe in you.

For more information about me and my mission please visit www.lifeisapromise.com

Why I Care

I care deeply about empowering youth because I struggled as a teenager.

I was a high school drop out. I made some bad choices. Three insights changed the course of my life.

  • My past didn’t need to define my future.
  • The conversation in my own head was holding me back.
  • I needed to learn who I was and quit focusing on who I wasn’t. I needed to learn how to make better choices and silence the critics in my own head.

My journey has had ups and downs but today I am living my dreams.

To share what I learned on my journey, I have written two books and recorded a video presentation. Both of the books and the video will be available in digital form for free this fall.

The two books will also be available as print books for $14.95. All of the net proceeds from the print books will be donated to charities that support youth.

For more information visit www.liveyourmagic.com

How You Can Help

The best way to empower youth is through the peer support of other youth.

I am thrilled to advise you that the Edmonton Public School Board and the Edmonton Catholic School District have agreed to partner with the Larry and Janet Anderson Philanthropies to call for proposals in the fall semester 2012 from student leaders for a program to improve the self talk of other students to be implemented in high schools in the spring semester 2013.

Ten thousand dollars in prizes will be awarded to implement the winning initiatives. The winners will be selected by an independent judging panel of educators and youth advocates.

The prize money will be provided in an exciting way.

Eleven of Edmonton’s most talented singer songwriters, under the guidance of veteran music producer Rob Hewes, will perform a concert of 22 original songs about the human condition at the Jubilee Auditorium on Sunday September 16, 2012 at 7 PM. 100% of the costs of the concert have been sponsored. This is an encore performance of the successful concert at the Timm’s Centre for the Arts this spring.

See the Celebrate Songs of the Human Condition Concert trailer.

Learn more about the singer-songwriters visit www.celebratesongwriting.com

Main floor tickets are $20.00. This is not a donation, the concert is worth this and more. The first $10,000 in ticket sales will provide the prize money for the high school self-talk initiative. 100% of ticket proceeds we be donated to charities and initiatives that support youth.

High school students will sit in sponsored seats in the balcony. The finale of the concert will be the performance of the inspirational new theme song for the high school youth empowerment initiative, I Believe in You.

I promise you, this will be an uplifting evening you will remember for years. Your attendance will show the singer songwriter youth, and the high school students – you support their dreams.

Please join me in attending.

Buy tickets at ticketmaster.

Please share this blogpost with your network. I will be forever grateful for your support.

The Day I Found My Dad

I have two memories of my biological father. I remember him beating me with a belt as a young child for not drinking my milk and I remember my mother sobbing after his abuse. He left when I was seven. I never knew why. I didn’t care.

The man I refer to as dad is my stepfather. He was caring, kind and supportive. He was also an alcoholic, which caused some chaos and problems in my life. But, on balance, I was so fortunate to have him as my dad.

My fondest memory is the day my mother, who managed the money and was very frugal, gave dad the money to go buy a new pair of shoes. He desperately needed them because there were holes the size of quarters in the soles and he used cardboard inserts to prevent walking on his socks.

Later that day he returned by bus, since we had no car. I saw them coming down the street my brother Randy riding a tricycle and my dad pushing a used two wheel bike for me. No gears. No fancy brakes. But to me it was beautiful. It is also the best gift I have ever received.

My mother was furious. And my mother knew how to do furious. She loved my dad and felt he needed new shoes way more than Randy and I needed bikes. Of course she was correct, but this was about more than a bike, or shoes.

Until that day I had wondered if I was just part of the package when my dad asked my mother to marry him. I felt like I had never had a dad. Not really. That day I knew my step-father loved me. If he was willing to make the sacrifice of the shoes and the wrath of my mother, he had to care. I was twelve, and finally, I had a dad.

A short time later, in 1959, my dad asked to adopt me. I said yes in a heartbeat. Melvin Wesley Anderson officially became my father and dad.  My dad wasn’t perfect, who among us is? But he loved me and always had my best interests at heart.

He died in 1974, at 61, from cancer but he lives on in my heart.

Humbling Author Moment

Last week I had a humbling author moment. As a new author, autographing books is an unfamiliar but exciting experience. Imagine how thrilled I was when Wendy Keiver, President of the Literacy and Learning Day Society here in Edmonton, told me they wanted to buy 60 copies of my book, Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!™ to give as a thank you gift to all the volunteers.

Later, Wendy called to say that they had put a personal thank you label in the front of each of the books and would appreciate it if I would write a personal autograph to each volunteer. “I’d be thrilled,” I said, wondering what it would be like to do that many autographs at one time.

As I was signing the autographs, I realized that every one of these people were volunteering their time to support the attending parents efforts to help their children learn. It was these volunteers and the sponsors that made it possible for about 1,000 parents to attend this one day event for free. This year, the 10th Anniversary, featured two keynote speakers and 26 workshop sessions for the parents to choose what they felt would be most helpful to them.

Barbara Coloroso

When I opened a book and saw the name Barbara Coloroso, one of the sponsored keynote speakers, I stopped. For 38 years, Barbara has been an international best selling author, speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice. She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and many other publications. Barbara Coloroso is most well known for her “Kids are Worth it!” series.

David Bouchard

The next copy of my book to autograph was for the other sponsored keynote speaker, David Bouchard. A former teacher and principal, David is one of Canada’s all-time best selling authors (over thirty-five best selling books, published in many countries and languages) and a much sought after public speaker. Through his keynotes and presentations he champions literacy and promotes Aboriginal culture. David Bouchard’s books have won several prestigious awards, including the Order of Canada for literature in 2009, Canada’s highest distinction.

Bouchard believes shared responsibility is the first step to succeeding in reading, saying. “We do not need new curriculum or harder working teachers in order to get our students to read. We need parents, teachers and administrators who read. The key lies in modelling.”

Barbara and David are heroes of mine. What could I write? Since my book is called Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!™ I typically write, the persons name and “Live Your MAGIC!” and sign Larry. In both of their books I wrote, Barbara or Dave, and “You are living your MAGIC! You inspire me. Larry.”

I was honoured to sign every one of those books and grateful to every volunteer. And grateful to express my feelings in a unexpected way to two of my heroes. Thank you Wendy Keiver and the Literacy and Learning Day leaders for the privilege.

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