June 2015

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For those of you who have stood across from the Tourist Information Centre in Victoria harbour and admired the Fairmont Empress at the corner of Humboldt and Government, you may not have had a clue you were so close to such an unlikely celebrity sighting. I certainly didn’t on a recent visit, until a small hand grabbed mine and yanked me down a little path leading into The Empress gardens. Rather than a detour to “smell the roses”, however, this detour offered us quite the unexpected – Roger, the yellow-bellied marmot. 

What a wondrous moment to spot this (somewhat elusive) colony of one. Upon...


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EPISODE 2 - Walking the Tight-rope: Employee vs. Independent Contractors

For our 2nd podcast, guest speaker Gordon Holley, President & CEO of Humanity Financial Management, shares his expert perspective on the topic: Walking the Tight-rope: Employees vs. Independent Contractors. Gordon provides insights on the perceived benefit to individuals and organizations to engage in a contractor relationship, rather than as employer-employee. He then explores the potential risks an organization exposes itself to for improperly classifying people as independent contractors when they are really...

We think not! 

I was invited to speak on CBC’s BC Almanac today in response to the state of volunteering in Canada. I thought I would share some of the concepts that we gathered in preparing for the interview. Tell me what you think!

Statistics Canada releases new study on volunteerism

The headline some will take away from the study is that 66% of Canadians cite lack of time as a reason for not volunteering. But this statistic misses the bigger picture. Looking at the numbers another way, there’s a different story: The proportion of Canadians who volunteer has held steady at 44%. So, accounting...


Michael Davis has enjoyed a very interesting career. In his twenties he lived and worked on a vintage wooden boat, sailing up and down the BC coast. In his late twenties he decided to do something different with his life and an avid interest in politics led him to manage various campaigns of some well-known politicians from all sides of the spectrum in BC. 

Michael is a graduate of the Royal Roads University Public Relations Management Program, and has provided counsel to a variety of organizations, including Wal-Mart Canada, the City of Fort St. John, and Insite (Canada’s first supervised...


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