Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thank you! See you in 2017!


Thank you, everyone who participated in my birthday giving countdown. I am so encouraged by the generous hearts of so many people I know.

I don't know the total that we raised together. Right now, for those charities on canadahelps.org, we've raised $678 (the page is open until midnight EST tonight if anyone wants to get in a last minute donation.) I'm also waiting until tomorrow for anyone who wants to vote in the decision regarding where I donate the generous gift my mother-in-law sent me. That will be added to the total; I don't know totals for the 7 organizations on Canada Helps, the amount for in-kind donations made, or for donations made to organizations not listed. I am fairly sure it's over $1000.

It was never about totals though. My heart has been so warmed by the number of people who have donated, who have engaged in conversations with me about this project, about different charities and our diverse interests in support, methods of support, the struggle to want to help all but not having the resources to give enough, to give everywhere that we see need, know there is need, in every way (never enough in-kind, not enough time to volunteer everywhere, never enough money.) Yet so many of us are trying to do what we can; all our attempts add up. All our conversations help us keep momentum.
I got to have so many conversations with people at many of the organizations too. It's really been tremendous. We have so many people in the world who care.

There were donations to all the organizations who have alternate methods of collecting funds. There were donations done in-kind to food banks in at least three countries, cloth diaper donations, donations to support people at Standing Rock, among others.

From all areas of my life, people donated. There were friends of Jen's who I have never met who donated. There were friends of mine, women I've known online for over a decade but never met in person, who donated. There were donations from Edmonton, from across Canada, from the US, from the UK, and from New Zealand.

How incredible a feeling it is to share my 40th birthday with so many wonderful people around the world. If I had hosted a traditional party, I could have requested donations in lieu of gifts. I would have missed out on all the interactions internationally, beyond the edges of Edmonton... I would have missed out on making new connections with people at the organizations. There wouldn't have been time to fit in all the conversations in the few hours of a conventional party.

I have really enjoyed this. I have loved everything about the conversations on social media, through email, with people I've bumped into, new people I've met... I sat with an incredibly talented artist at the annual fundraiser for the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts; I saw photos of her work on her sister's phone and forged two new friendships. I have someone whose art I would like to add to my collection; I'll be saving to buy one of her glass mosaics.
I feel a stronger sense of hope for our fragile planet, for all of us who, if we share nothing else, share this tiny space in the universe.

Thank you, everyone. Donations, conversations, shared desires to make things better... you made my 40th birthday magical through all this.

I was inspired by, and have felt a growing sense of inspiration,in the words of Shannon Zwicker: Love Is The Answer. I think about her words daily and about the immensely loving impact she made and the legacy she left; it grows. It is not a memory; it is a living legacy that has affected me and helped me confirm and commit to more than I once did (and I know I am not alone in feeling so.) I cannot sign off on this project without acknowledging the profound impact she had on me; she didn't know she did. Her sister Heather, who I've connected with more often in the past two months than every before, her four wonderful children, her sister in law, her husband, her parents; I want them to know. Shannon has become part of my daily thoughts; her philanthropy, her parenting, her embracing of life are things I think about all the time, things I aspire to in a real way. Thank you, Zwickers, Ramsbottoms, and Laura, for being the people who share Shannon's legacy and for your support and kindness, your generosity, as my fledging feet learn to do something of what she had come to perfect.

Love IS the answer. Thank you all for showing and sharing so much of it.

xo,
Kim

Thursday, November 10, 2016

John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights-- Nov 11, posting early




All about the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.

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It's my 40th birthday!!! I hope donating to celebrate gave attention to need and helped us all realize that donating instead of accumulating can help change the world.

I'd like to leave a better world for all who come after me. Please help me with my birthday wish by donating to one of these forty organizations if you have not yet done so.

xo.

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton




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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Indigenous Women's Fund of Canada



Since making my selections of charities to support, some time ago now, the mistreatment, abuse, assault, cultural genocide, and murder of indigenous peoples generally and women specifically has been more and more in the news. With the horrendous governmental response to Standing Rock in the US, the suicides in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, it is all the more important that FNMI women are supported.

When thinking about violence committed abroad in Syria, Palestine, Ukraine, and other nations by the hands of Canada and the US, think also of the violence committed in our own nations, against the Indigenous people here. It is unacceptable.

Please stand with Standing Rock; please demand inquiries into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; please be part of eliminating discrimination and mass cultural decimation.

Most of us on Turtle Island are not indigenous. We, the non-indigenous, owe all indigenous people our support in fights they should not even have to be undertaking, against colonists (the governments, the corporations, all created by colonial ancestors.)

I live on Treaty 6 land and respect the history, languages, and cultures of the First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our society and whose individual and cultural survival require the support of ALL citizens.

All about The National Voice of Aboriginal Women in Canada.

Please donate to the Indigenous Women's Fund hosted by NWAC.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

HIV Edmonton



Our family supports HIV Edmonton, participating in the annual walk and making the Heroes for Zero pledge.
I've had the opportunity to get to know some of the staff at HIV Edmonton personally; they are amazing people deeply committed in their work and personal lives to supporting people living with HIV, to education programs to reduce HIV transmission, and to do all they can in terms of harm reduction and prevention. They are among the most dedicated staff of any organization I've encountered.

I am a Hero for Zero:


With my hero daughter


With my former boss hero

There are so many ways to support HIV Edmonton. Please join me in doing so!


All about HIV Edmonton.

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