I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the David Foster Foundation Miracle Concert this past Saturday night at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C. I had thought I was in for a night of beautiful music. However, I didn’t expect to be blown away by an experience that has changed my life.
Let me explain. I found out a while ago that the David Foster Foundation was having a concert to support his charity. I have known about David Foster and the work that he has done (professionally and philanthropically) and wanted to support this cause. All proceeds from the Foundation go to support the families of children needing organ transplants and education surrounding organ donor registration in Canada and the US. Since I have a good friend who has had two life-saving organ transplants, this cause is really important to me. When one member of the family is really ill, everyone is affected, as the illness will take its toll on the others too. Check out press coverage of the event below.
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I came up with the idea to interview individuals while walking by the water this past Easter weekend. Instead of only asking people to share their stories, I’m also asking them the following questions that have been featured on my blog. To kick off the series, I decided to share my personal answers to the questions.
1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” I learned this lesson from a high school math teacher. During the first term, I was having a hard time grasping the concepts in Algebra and Geometry class. Instead of reaching out and asking my teacher for help, I decided to try to understand the class material myself. I was shy and had a hard time going up to people and asking for help. I thought asking for her help would show that I did not understand the material, and that she would think I was inadequate. However, I was not happy with my level of understanding and wanted to improve. So, I got up the courage, and asked my teacher for help on a question that I was stuck on. She was proud of me for gaining the strength to ask for help. I felt so great from this positive experience, that I kept coming back to see her throughout the semester. Guess what – my marks improved significantly, and I mastered that course. Almost ten years later, her lesson is still with me!
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