Although the cycling journey in support of PD began in 2009, the real journey to support two family members living with Parkinson’s Disease began long before. Wanting to make a difference beyond the daily talks with my dad and uncle, I joined a group of cyclists dedicated to creating awareness and raising funds and hope for Parkinson’s Disease. In August 2010, and for a cause close to my heart, I committed to supporting and raising awareness for Parkinson’s research through the Just Giver for Parkinson’s fundraising Tour and completed a 10- day, 1354 km cycle through BC, Canada with the JustGiver4PD Cycling group raising over $90,000 for PD Research. Here we are in 2017 and seven years later the fight continues through the inspiration of those we met along the way and continue to meet daily.
PLEASE JOIN ME and Just Giver 4PD Sunday, (2017 Date TBD) as I tackle the 4 Peaks of SFU, Seymour, Grouse and Cypress while raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease. This 140 kilometer ride with 3,000 meters of climbing will test the early season legs! This year we will be increasing the climbing by riding to the very top of SFU!
Please check in regularly for updates on activities, adventures and stories for the 2016 events and a dedicated team on all fundraising efforts and rides. Visit: (Coming soon) for my personal donation page. (coming soon)
On June 24th, 2017, we will ride 400km in one day from Kelowna to Vancouver, BC to raise awareness and funds to continue to support those living with Cancer. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, I cycled for an amazing, courageous and “Unstoppable” colleague and friend Stacey who inspired me with her fight in 2012 and continues ignite those around her to this day.
I also rode for another “Unstoppable Spirit” riding with every push of the pedal; Doug Barron, an amazing friend, husband, father who gave to others more than he gave to himself. These two and the many family and friends and colleagues, symbolize and represent the many faces of family and friends that are living or have been touched by cancer and are the reason I was riding 400km in one day and the choice to try and make a difference. With your support we will make an impact, inspire and be part of the voice that says… We have had enough! In 2017 I will be supporting my teammates and all those who say I have had enough!!
RYLA or the Rotary Youth Leadership camps are designed to provide tools to our next generation of leaders. RYLA, a Rotary Youth Leadership camp sponsors youth between the ages of 18 – 25 to attend a one week camp. I have been supporting RYLA for over 18yrs. In that time I have touched over 700 youth leaders in the USA and Canada and look forward to returning in July of 2017 to share life lessons, passion for leadership presence, communication and the power of coaching in self-improvement with our future leaders.
2016 was an exciting year of sharing, learning and conversations through a virtual classroom and the LINGOs Non Profit NGO members. I have been a facilitator, educator and coach as I have shared the 5-5-5 Coaching Out of The Box program to LINGOs members since 2012 and am thrilled to be able to share with this global community of leaders. In 2015 alone, I shared a coach approach with approximately 156 leaders, in 56 countries and 42 non-for-profit organizations. Giving back to a global community such as LINGOs that impact communities around the globe provides lessons and opportunities for understanding cultures, building relationships and trusting that humanity through constant growth in how we can all make a difference in this world.
Designed to bring key ICF coaches together to share best practice and improve and support NonProfit leadership and organization success. I have contributed to this ICF Community of Practice through virtual presentations and dialogue on the impact and support for nonprofit leadership development. Currently work with the leadership team on monthly topics and will be the moderator and co-presenter of topics in 2017.