Help a Rainbow Refugee Resettle in Canada

As we head into Pride Weekend in Vancouver, we reflect on the privileges and freedoms afforded to Canadian citizens. While not perfect, they’re far better than many places around the globe, especially for those identifying as LGBTQ+. Rights have been extended in more and more countries but unfortunately, there are still at least 14 countries where homosexuality is legally punishable by death.

Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community organization supporting people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Since 2011, Rainbow Refugee Society has worked in partnership with the Federal government to direct a blended sponsorship program called the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project (RRAP). This is a national project and Rainbow Refugee has the responsibility of working with its own Circles of Hope as well as other community organizations across Canada to sponsor LGBTQ+ asylum seekers.

The Rainbow Connection is one of the Circles of Hope hoping to supporting Rainbow Refugee. We are a group of friends, lead by Mr. Gay Canada 2019, working together to assist a LGBTQ+ person hoping to resettle in Canada. We are grateful to live in Canada and have the ability to live and love in a safe and supportive community. Supporting a person, presently living in an African refugee camp, whose life is in danger because of who they are is our way of sharing the benefits that we have through our citizenship and friendships.

We have set up a Canada Helps donation page to help raise funds online as well as raising offline funds to support our goal. Along with our knowledge and support, the money we raise will assist this Rainbow Refugee to set up a new life in Canada. It will go towards food, housing, transportation, personal health… anything and everything needed every day to live a full life.
We hope you will support us in this endeavour, any little bit you can contribute is greatly appreciated and if you cannot provide monetary support we ask that you share the donation page with your network.

Thank you!

Get Supper, Feel Super With Dining Out For Life 2019

Tonight, put your money where your mouth is, by Dining Out For Life.
All day Thursday March 14, 2019 restaurants from New West to Whistler and all stops in between have pledged 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From El Santo in New Westminster, to Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse in Whistler, and the dozens of other restaurants in between are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Just by eating out at one of the participating restaurants, you’re supporting A Loving Spoonful’s programs and services. It’s that easy. For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need. A Loving Spoonful delivers meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, helps with nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Dinner with city Chefs donating their time to provide dinners to groups of 50 to 60 people, Family Pantry Program which provides families with healthy pantry staples, healthy Snack Packs for clients and much more.

Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you, get out and dine. Share your Dining Out For Life experience on social media and follow along at #Vandofl / #DineOutGiveBack, to see where others are dining.

5 Family Day Weekend Activities in Vancouver

As we move into the first long weekend of 2017, here’s 5 Family Day Weekend activities;

1: Align Entertainment’s The Little Mermaid : Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby –  Until February 18, 2017
With most family theatre productions taking place around the Christmas holidays, this is a welcome opportunity to introduce your little ones to live theatre.

2: Family Day at Burnaby Village Carousel : February 13th 11am-2pm
Families with young children can pre-register for crafts, carnival games, children’s entertainment, and carousel rides

3: Odysseo by Cavalia : Under the White Big Top at Olympic Village  – Until March 5, 2017
No horsing around, while not inexpensive, the whole family will enjoy the amazing 150 minute show.

4: Free Skating At Robson Square : Ice Rink at Robson Square – Until February 14, 2017
It’s your last weekend to take in free skating at the covered ice rink at Robson Square. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $4

5: Family Day at the Peak of Vancouver : Grouse Mountain – February 13, 2017 only.
50% off Gondola access plus a full day of special activities including pancake breakfast, Global BC Family Puck Shoot Out, Family Day Lunch Specials, Candy Station as well as the usual snow activities

Friday Find: PocketLIVE.tv

This week, PocketLIVE, a new digital broadcast platform was launched.  The Vancouver based live broadcasting site has curated a diverse group of talent who share their talents and lives with an appreciative audience.

pocketLIVEEven though the site is only days old, the broadcasters are already filling the channels with content.  Lifestyle & Wellbeing, Performing Arts, Fashion & Makeup, Education & Opinion, Visual Arts, and Music are current categories viewers will find to watch.  Browse the categories to find Broadcasters, follow them to see when their next live or check for their next scheduled broadcast.  Your favourites build your feed so you’re watching your own interests and friends. Once you’re watching, chat with the broadcasters and other viewers to make PocketLIVE truly interactive broadcasting.

A couple of people I’ve watched so far are my friend Josh Rimer‘s daily broadcasts as he tries new things – Friday’s it’s cocktails, activist/writer/fitness coach Chad reading from his book – Enjoy the Journey: a Tale of a Backpacker.

The first 1000 people to sign up to pocketLIVE get 1000 coins which can be used to reward the broadcasters to help them on their journeys.  So sign-up, tune-in to pockeLIVE and who knows what interesting stories and people you’ll discover along the way.

Join an Instameet to #ExploreBCDay

#ExploreBCDay

In honour of BC Day on August 1 2016, Hello BC is helping to organize a day of Instameets around the province as a way to celebrate the holiday.

What’s an Instameet? An Instameet is a gathering of photographers and Instagrammers who come together, at a pre-set time and place, to take photos and upload them to Instagram. Visitors and locals can join in the BC Day celebrations by registering for one of the Instameets, happening all over the province, from Prince George to Victoria, listed on the Hello BC website.  Then explore the location taking photos, sharing them to Instagram with the hashtag #exploreBCday and meet fellow photographers (and maybe a few Pokemon Go players along the way).  These events are happening at popular summer destinations and attractions across the province, so there will be plenty of photo inspiration for everyone.  While the Vancouver and Victoria ones are full,

Grab your friends, find a BC Day Instameet near you and get creative. Follow what other Instameet participants are going by following the #exploreBCDay hashtag and see how people around the province celebrate BC Day

Social Media Camp 2016 Wraps & 2017 is on Sale now

smc-logoSaturday, Social Media Camp (SMCamp) came to a close for 7th time at the Victoria Conference Centre.  The annual 3 -day event has grown each year to become Canada’s largest social media conference.

As social media has become more mainstream, Social Media Camp’s topics and speakers have evolved from social media 101 to include digital marketing and sales.  Each year there seems to be a new App that generates much buzz across SMCamp, this year Snapchat was that app as people still try to find how it will fit their audience.  Other Apps evolve to survive so there’s always more to learn as algorithms and terms of use change.

This year’s great speakers came from all across the continent (plus the UK). Over the three days, we heard from You Tube master Steve Dotto, digital markters Mitch Joel, Journalist/Canadaland Podcaster Jesse Brown, video/online strategist Sunny Leonarduzzi, LinkedIn Expert Vivika von Rosen, Instagal Sue B Zimmerman, author-entrepreneur Tara Hunt and many more.  Knowledge, networking, ideas and inspiration are all take-aways from Social Media Camp.

SMCamp_HashIf Social Media Camp sounds appealing right now is a great chance to grab tickets for the 2017 SMCamp as the Conference Special Rate has the 2017 tickets on sale until tomorrow May 10th. Buy tickets now on Eventbrite 

 

Social Media Camp 2016 coming soon

smc-logoIn just a few weeks, hundreds will descend upon Victoria Conference Centre to learn from, be inspired by and network with Social Media pros and enthusiasts.

The 7th annual Social Media Camp takes place May 5 – 7, 2016. Since its inception, Social Media Camp (SMC) has introduced and connected 1000s of people, beginners to professionals, to the ins and outs of Social Media, learning and sharing a wealth of knowledge of social media marketing.  Entrepreneurs, bloggers, social media managers and those with any interest in learning about the realm of social, SMC packs in 3 days of workshops, panels, keynotes and networking that are always inspiring and worthwhile.

The SMC organizers have assembled a line-up of speakers to bring you “knowledge you can use”; relevant, up-to-date insights and best practices, and case studies aimed to help build and maintain your social media strategies. SMC prides itself on being not just about “marketing” but also delves into the cultural impacts of social media, its effects on politics, society and its security and safety implications.

Social Media Camp is designed to provide you with the insights & knowledge to improve your social media efforts and achieve your company’s business goals.  You can choose from relevant case studies, interactive workshops, riveting keynote talks, speaker panels, one-on-one coaching, trade show and of course, lots of inspiring networking opportunities.

The 7th Annual Social Media Camp takes place at Victoria Conference Centre May 5-7, 2016, registration is open now.