5th Annual Education for Africa Variety Show

It’s that time of year again for our 5th Annual Education for Africa Family Variety Show at Greenfields Pub & Eatery on October 18 at 1:30.

We are delighted to announce the lineup for this year’s show. Check this out:

Trevor Finlay – Nashville Singer/Songwriter
Chris Pilsworth – Canada’s Amazement Specialist
Paul Imeson and Susan Johnson – Two of Ottawa’s favorite musicians
Cayne Kitagawa – Up and coming Ottawa musician/actor

Our host for the event will be Teri Loretto, CBC Climatologist and an Actress/Director

Does it get any better than this? Nope! We think not. And it’s all to help Plan Canada fund a sanitation project in Tanzania. You can see all that plus participate in a silent auction, 50/50 and door prizes at Greenfields Pub & Eatery for only $25. It’s a family show so kids 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

The federal government is matching everything we raise 8:1!!!!!

Read more about the artists and purchase tickets or donate here http://bit.ly/1Ndc8Z3.

Successful Tournament

I would like to thank everyone who played a role in our 7th annual Keep On Climbing golf tournament for Wounded Warriors on August 11. Whether you played, volunteered, sponsored a hole or donated a silent auction item, you helped make the event a success and we are very grateful. We are still tallying the numbers, but about $3,400 was raised. That’s $1,000 more than last year!! We will make a small donation to Canadian Canine, the training academy from which our guest speaker Shawna Church Roy and her service dog Bauer graduated, and the remainder will go to Wounded Warriors Canada.

Please take a minute to check out the photos at the link provided. Many thanks to Luna Chen and Larry Cooper for the photography services!

More information is available on the Events page.


Gananoque Literary Festival

I was honoured to be one of six authors invited to the first annual Gananoque Literary Festival. The patron of the festival was Canadian icon Peter C. Newman. I got to share the stage with Peter and Lewis DeSoto, author of The Restoration Artist. It was indeed a learning experience. Peter is an inspiration. He is releasing a new book this fall on the Empire Loyalists.

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Upcoming Events

It looks like a great a great summer is shaping up:

April 18 – Book signing at Chapters Indigo in Barrhaven

May 8-9 – I am one of six authors appearing at the Gananoque Literary Festival. Peter C. Newman is the patron of the event.

June 6 – I will be signing books at Prose in the Park – Parkdale Park, Ottawa.

July 25 – Book signing at Chapters Indigo in Kanata

August 11 – Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament – Manderley on the Green, Ottawa – to benefit Wounded Warriors Canada.

October 18 – Education for Africa Family Variety Show – Greenfields Pub and Eatery, Ottawa – funds go to a sanitation project in Tanzania – Plan Canada.

Hope to see you at one, two or all the events.

Upcoming Book Signings

I will be doing some book signings of Kilimanjaro and Beyond, I Guess We Missed The Boat and The Vanishing Wife in the coming weeks. If you are in the Ottawa area, drop in at one of the following locations to say “hello”:
Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave.) – January 24 – 1-3 pm
Perfect Books (258 Elgin) – January 25 – 1-3 pm
Chapters Barrhaven (125 Riocan) – April 18 – 11 am – 3 pm

Also, I am looking forward to an interview with “It’s Raining Books” Thursday, January 8. Check it out here http://www.its-raining-books.blogspot.ca/.

Thank You For a Great Year

It has been another great year for Keep On Climbing. Our 6th Annual Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament in August generated $2400 for the elite service dog program at Wounded Warriors Canada and $200 for a similar program at Canadian Canine.

In October, we hosted our 4th annual Education for Africa Variety Show at Greenfields Pub in Barrhaven. In total, $2,585 was raised at the show, which will be help fund a sanitation project in Tanzania. Since the Canadian federal government matches funds raised 8:1, that’s $23,265 for the project.

I’m very happy to say that since we have started raising money for Tanzania and Wounded Warriors, we have managed to forward $131,195 to Plan Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada for our various projects.

On a personal note, I was very happy to release my third book, The Vanishing Wife, on November 1. Shortly after, I was awarded a Canada Book Award for contribution to Canadian publishing on the merits of the Vanishing Wife.

Planning has already started for the upcoming year with the golf tournament and Variety Show being scheduled. A number of book signings are planned for January. It promises to be another good year but in the meantime, I would like to thank everyone for the contribution to our projects and for buying my books. I couldn’t do all this without you.


Now for some stats to chew on: