“A Small Seed of Hope”…

At the beginning of February I saw a message on my friend Anna’s FaceBook page.  It was about a ‘Kickstarter’ Project for her friend Ahna Phillips.  I’ve never met Ahna…but being the curious person I am, I clicked over to check out her project on Kickstarter.  Kickstarter is a website where people can ‘raise’ money from friends and strangers in order to complete a project.  There are many different ones on the sites from creating Cd s, to movies to building community parks.  The person in charge of their project sets a ‘funding’ goal…and a date to reach that amount.  Then they come up with different incentives for people who pledge different amounts.  The ‘kicker’ is that the you don’t give any money to the project unless 100% of the funds were raised.

Here you can see the video Ahna created to kick start her project.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ahnaphillips/help-ahna-phillips-make-a-cd/widget/video.html
Ahna’s project was fully funded by March 1st…then recorded in the month of March and now as of April 1st  is ON SALE! It was really neat to be a small part of making someone’s dreams come true.  I know that I’ve had help over the years making some of my dreams come true…so it’s nice to pass that along to someone else! I was so excited to download my copy of the CD.  There’s something about her music that just speaks to me…and her song “If I were brave”…already has become a favourite.

You can check out Ahna’s CD “A Small Seed of Hope” through clicking on the tab and listening.

If you’d like to buy a copy of the music head over to her page  Ahna Phillips CD “A Small Seed of Hope” .

Thanks Ahna for letting me be a part of your project! Can’t wait to see what future brings you…all the best!

Happy Easter…

Hope the Easter Bunny found you.. and left you some goodies! Image

Photo taken Easter 2011 at the Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba

This is my 4th Easter without heading down to the Woodbine Beach in Toronto.  My old church (the Rez) heads down to the beach to watch the sunrise on Easter morning.  I hope you guys had fun…here in Nunavut the sun is rising about 5:17am so I’m not going to be getting up to watch it! (that’s way too early…) Instead I’ll celebrate with friends in Iqaluit!

Matthew 28:6-10

6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Photo a Day April: Days 1 to 6

Wow, short work weeks are always the busiest!  I’m excited for lots of reasons…but the main one is I’m on holidays and visiting friends in Iqaluit!

Here I go for my next photo project with Photo-a-Day-April thanks to @FatMumSlim for putting together another amazing list of photo prompts.  I’m going to try to think-outside-of-the-box…but already in the first 6 days…I think I’ll need some more work on that aspect.  I  will post my photos every Friday! I’m excited because a couple of my friends from university are doing this too!  Michelle’s photos can be found HERE.

Day 1:  your reflection…

I was looking through some photos from my Christmas vacation…and saw the photo below… I never posted it..and love my reflection in my Aunt’s horse’s eye!

Day 2: colour…

Blue is MY favourite colour…here’s my Haliburton Teddy Bear sitting on my bed!

Day 3: mail…

…my Easter package didn’t arrive yet!(..that’s ok because Easter will last LONGER now!) But I did get the regular, bills…magazines…& coupons for my favourite clothing store(sad thing is they are IN STORE ONLY, wont’ be using those!)

Day 4: someone who makes you happy… 

* Photo taken in Cozumel, Mexico 2011 *

Kim is an amazing friend, and friends make me happy!  I’m excited that I get to spend some time visiting her while I’m in Iqaluit…. (on Wednesday, the day of the prompt…it was just 2 more sleeps until I left on my trip).

Day 5: tiny…

* Photo Taken April 2009: At Crater Lake, Auyuittuq National Park *

On Thursday, I was flipping through photos and found the one above…taken from a trip to the Arctic Circle in Auyuittuq National Park.  We were walking across Crater Lake.  It struck me that those people are so tiny…and natural landscape we live in is so majestic.

Day 6: lunch…

* Photo taken with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone *

Lunch today…plane food… on my hour flight from Pang to Iqaluit! It wasn’t as appetizing as it looks…yahoo for ‘soggy’ sandwiches, I think I prefer the toasted sandwich that has the potential to be a bit frozen on the inside over a SOGGY non-toasted sandwich.  (that’s just a difference depending on which company you fly with!)

Happy 40th Anniversary Pangnirtung!

Today was Hamlet Day…and it was a special one, because it was the 40th Anniversary of Pangnirtung.  The Recreation Committee organized such an amazing day packed full of awesome activities-speeches, games, contests…a feast and an Inuktitut Dance/Concert!  So much fun!  I had the afternoon off so I joined in on the fun at 1pm and didn’t get home until just after 8:30pm…it was a long but fun day.

The opening ceremonies were at 1pm at the Community Centre.  There were speeches and well wishes from the Premier Eva Aariak, Minister of Community and Government Services Lorne Kusugak, Deputy Minister of Education Kathy Okpik, MLA Hezeciah Ooshootapik and the Mayor of Pangnirtung Sakiasie Sowdlooapik. (I hope I didn’t forget to mention anyone–but I might have, that’s not my intention though!)

After the speeches everyone headed outside and there was a candy toss.  People got on the roof of the Community Centre…and then toss candy out into the crowd!  I ended up with 1 tootsie roll..which was an awesome score!

Then games started, everyone broke into three groups… Kids under 12, Over 13 years (that’s my group) and then the Elders.  The Over 13 years old group headed to the beach for games.  The first game was a dice game–roll doubles and you are out (I rolled doubles on my 2nd roll!)…the next game we played was a golfing one-had to get a hole-in-one…(think SNOW, YELLOW golf ball, and a badminton birdie behind the hole..it was no SURPRISE that I was not a winner at this one either!).  Then we played another dice game…when you rolled a certain number–you had to go into the middle and pick up a small hair elastic (the numbers randomly changed with this game)..and the idea was at the end the person with the most elastic won!  The next game was a marshmallow toss–think egg toss, but eggs were too pricey…so substitute an egg!  The last game was a traditional Inuit game.. of a rock toss…you had 3 tries to hit one rock off of another one.  The women I was playing with had MAD skillz… again it was a lot of fun to play, chat and watch others…But after the afternoon in outside I was ready to get warm at the end!

Kids playing…I took this shot about an hour before one of the kids that were playing on the stacked docks… fell or slipped or jumped (not 100% sure what happened)…and landed funny and hurt themselves.  They were taken to the Health Centre to get medical care…I hope that they are feeling better now, and weren’t too seriously injured.

After the games, I headed back up to the community centre to go look at the Fisherman’s Catch.  It was a contest to display random, weird things that were caught that were NOT turbot fish!  All the objects were found from DEEP down in the Cumberland Sound. There was quite a few really random and slimy things on display…. shells, octopus-or something that looked like it? squid?, bottom feeder fish, jelly fish… and somethings that I had no clue what they were, and am glad that the water is as cold as it is…because even if it was SAUNA hot, I wouldn’t be caught in the same water as them!

Next on the agenda was the Community Feast…so I made my way up to the High School Gym. Found myself a seat and visited with friends..and watched people.  Oh how I miss going to random busy spots sitting down and watching people.  I use to love to go to Dundas Square in Toronto just for this reason.  I got my people watching fix in while waiting for awards to happen, and feast to start.  Before the feast  Premier Eva Aariak presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Jenna Kilabuk and Jayko Ishulutak.  Jenna has done a ton of work for the community in organizing events and is also a role model for youth.  Jayko is a full-time carver and also very active in the community.

Here are some photos of the setting up of the feast… Some hunters brought in cardboard boxes, broke them down and started arranging various cuts of meat on it.  Caribou, seal and arctic char… Then pieces of plastic sheeting was cut up and placed around the gym…and the meat was distributed on it!

There was also Caribou and Char Stew…(I had the Char Stew it was yummy!)…turkey, cooked turbot and seal…plus lots of veggies, fruit, cheese and crackers!  Don’t forget about the deep fried bannok…it’s the donut of the north! SO DARN GOOD! And there was chocolate cake as well… so glad I got a picture of it before it disappeared–literally in like 10mins!

There was a fashion show of dresses/outfits made out of garbage bags!  They were all SO amazing… it was hard to believe that they were just plastic garbage bags!

Well done ladies!  Thanks for showing us your awesome designs…

The evening ended with an Inuktitut Dance…love the accordion music…once my feet start moving, it’s hard to stop them! Many people were just listening and tapping their feet…it’s hard not to!  I posted a YouTube video “Feel the Inukness” that featured some a tune by Simeonie Keenainak. (Below is a photo of Simeonie playing his accordion.)

It was an awesome day… thanks to all the planning and hard work to the Hamlet Recreation Committee!  The day was such a great way to celebrate 40 years of Pangnirtung…and look forward to the next 40 years!

March Photo A Day Challenge: Days 19-31

…well I made it through most of the month with getting the photos done on time. But then after 2 weeks of travelling for work–I fell off the grid.  After getting home, I put my camera away…and didn’t take many photos.  So I had to play ‘catch-up’ with the last 12 photo prompts.  I must admit these photos weren’t all taken on the ‘right’ day…but I finished the challenge.  As my mum taught me, “you always have to finish what you start!”.  It was a really FUN challenge to take part in, thanks Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim for putting together the March Photo a day Challenge.

Here’s the list of all of March’s Photo Prompts…

Here is where you can find my other March Photo-A-Day-Challenge photos: Days 1 to 5, 6 to 11 and 12 to 18.

Without any further ado, here’s my last 12 photos of the month… (only 2 days late!)

Day 19: Funny…

Day 20: Before/After…

Day 21: Delicious…

Day 22: Kitchen Sink…

Day 23: Moon…

Day 24: An Animal…

Day 25: Breakfast…

Taken with iPhone: Hipstamatic App

Day 26: Key…

Day 27: Your Name…

(or part of it…)

Day 28: Trash…

Day 29: Feet…

Day 30: Toy…

(…this panda greeted me on Thursday morning when I arrived at work he was sitting on the steps.)

Day 31: Where you relax…

That brings me to the end of my March photos… thanks again Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim for setting up this challenge.  She’s announced the next one and is hosting ‘Photo a day April‘…

… and I’m totally doing this again.  I’ve really enjoyed taking a photo each day…and the idea of having a fun prompt helps with the creativity aspect!

For the month of April I’m going to post my photos once a week every Friday. I’m going to TRY my best to take EACH photo on the actual given day… here’s to another month of taking photos! Feel free to join along in the photography fun…let me know where I can find YOUR photos.