Category: Off Topic


 

Reflect, Remember and Respect.

We can never Repay them

or their Families for their ultimate Sacrifice.


In Canada, our fallen soldiers make their final journey home down a 172 km stretch of highway from the Trenton Air Base to the coroner’s office in Toronto. A few years back, this stretch of highway was named ‘THE HIGHWAY OF HEROES’.

Each time the Media reports that we’ve lost another Canadian soldier, Canadians drape the overpass bridges with  Canadian flags. Regardless of the weather, (and it does get cold in Canada), Canadians stand along the highway and on overpasses and wait for the repatriation convoy so that they may pay their respects to our fallen.

This outpouring of respect is a comfort to the families accompanying their loved ones on their last homecoming.

This ‘quiet patriotism’ inspired Bob Reid, a communications specialist, to write the song ‘Highway of Heroes’ commemorating our fallen soldiers who travel this road home. Here is the link for more about this song. Proceeds from the song go to help our wounded soldiers, so please consider downloading the song or donating to the cause.

The lyrics and images are quite touching, so you may want to grab a Kleenex. (I warned you!)

Not only did Bob Reid write a song, but the famous Canadian group the Trews also recorded a song with the net proceeds going to the Canadian Hero Fund.

So on November 11th, Remembrance Day:

REMEMBER our Fallen

and

Thank The VETERANS who Served

and Our SOLDIERS who lay their lives on the line for Freedom.

 

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Flickr Creative Commons Images by: macattacer and strongman76

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I Believe – Part 3

Now that the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games are underway, there is a lot of speculation as to how many medals Canada, the host country, will win.

Daniel Johnson’s track record of predicting the number of Gold and total medals for a country is incredible: he is a solid A student. His prediction for Vancouver 2010 is a total of 27 medals including 5 Gold Medals. For more details, or to compare his predictions for different countries, check out this article: The Man Who Predicts the Medals

Do you believe?

I Believe – Part 2

Today is the beginning of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games!

I think the event organizers have done a tremendous job branding and promoting these Games. ALL of Canada is in the Olympic spirit.

The theme song for the Olympics says it all:

Do you believe?

I Believe – Part 1

I Believe – Part 1

Over 100 days ago, the sacred Olympic Flame was lit in an ancient ritual in Olympia, Greece. The flame was then run to Athens, where it was handed over to a representative from Canada. After a quick trans-Atlantic flight the flame, the symbol of peace, brotherhood & friendship, arrived in Canada.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began.

You may wonder why this Torch Relay is so different.  It is the longest Torch Relay to take place in a single country (lasting over 100 days & travelling over 45,000 kilometres). In addition, the Torch has travelled within a one hour drive of 90% of our population and has travelled via land, water and air and using many modes of transportation.

We were lucky enough to be within a five minutes of two of the Torch Routes (on two separate days over a week apart) and we were lucky enough to see three modes of transportation & six Torch bearers.

At home, we took our son out of school to see this once in a lifetime event. Our hearts beat faster as we heard a helicopter hover overhead. (To think this flame came from Olympia!) Luckily we were positioned at a relay point. And we were surprised that each Torch bearer had their own Torch… so it really wasn’t a relay like the track and field relays from our youth. Everyone was screaming & yelling long before the Torch bearer was near. The excitement kept building until we saw the Torch bearer come over the crest of the hill. People cheered and waved flags and some were in tears they were so emotional.

In Collingwood, at Blue Mountain, we had a similar but different experience. It was a bitterly cold day, but we went out to see our friend Neil, who was running at position #38. Lucky for us, Neil’s relay point was THE PLACE to be: as it was at the bottom of a ski run and we would have the opportunity to see four Torch bearers: a runner would run the flame in, a para-skier would ski halfway down the hill to light the Torch of a snowboarder who would ride down the rest of the hill and light Neil’s Torch.  The crowds lined the hill and followed the flame down. Everyone cheered Neil and the other Torch bearers. We all felt very proud to be Canadian… and proud to be a part of such a historic event.

Neil at Blue Mountain

As a planner and project manager, I was blown away with the amazing planning, organization and sheer magnitude of the logistics of just the Torch Relay. (Imagine running the Olympic Games!)

The Torch Relay built the excitement of The Vancouver Olympic Games throughout Canada. The organizers made it a tremendous experience for the country: it touched our hearts and souls, it lit our pride and our spirit and it brought us together in peace as brothers. Many thanks go to RBC, Coca-cola and the countless volunteers that made this possible.

I believe…  anything is possible.

For more pictures of the Olympic Torch and Torch Relay, please visit me on Facebook.

This week I am consumed with helping out with Alpine Ski Club’s Ladies Day 2010: Glam, Gold and Glory. So, this week, I am going to pass on commenting on Social Media.

Having said that, I have been doing some consulting work on the design and interpretation of training feedback. I have to keep telling myself that the principles of evaluating training feedback can be applied to event planning. You can’t please all of the people, all of the time; so, a key principle is to know who your target audience is.

Feedback

You need to consider who is giving you the feedback (whether it is an event or a training session.) Does the feedback represent a trend that everyone (you are targeting) would agree with? Or is the feedback from an individual who has a unique perspective? I’ve received a lot of feedback in the training world from students who would be considered “ringers”. I am always careful to gauge comments being made by these “ringers” as outside the norm (versus  my target audience). After all, would a Sales Rep really want to know how to program bits & bytes?? Of course not!

The Bottom Line

When it comes right down to it: People vote with money. If they keep coming back to your training sessions or events and if you are growing your attendance: You are doing something right! (Could you do better? Perhaps, but that is a conversation for another day.)

That’s all for now.

A New Day is Dawning!

Hello World:

My name is Anne Cauley. I am a business professional residing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). My background is a combination of Human Resources, Sales, Training and Development primarily in an IT environment. My interests span culture change management, business re-engineering and training.

As I am an “agent of change”, I am now exploring the world of social media. (After all, to support the notion of  “change” one must change with the times and leverage the latest technology.) The intent of this blog is to chronicle my experience and share some valuable lessons learned over the years.

I hope you enjoy my laid back, pragmatic style and approach.

Anne.

PS. the photo credit goes to my husband who took this picture at the crack of dawn near Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.

If you are curious about me, you can see my profession profile on LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/annemtcauley