Clay Imoo Joins Vancity Buzz – Thank You Notes (Vancouver Canucks)

I’m very excited to join the team of hockey writers at Vancity Buzz and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share my work with the legions of Vancity Buzz readers.

Thus, in the spirit of gratitude and inspired by Jimmy Fallon, please indulge me in some Thank You Notes.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Break Free (Marie Hui with Omar Salgado and Kekuta Manneh)

As the Vancouver Whitecaps FC make their final push for the playoffs,  it’s the perfect time for our first-ever song for the club.

We came up with our version of Ariana Grande’s hit song “Break Free” and Whitecaps players Kekuta Manneh and Omar Salgado came along to help us out.

Special thanks to Ben of One Thousand Rivers Studio and of course to Kekuta and Omar for being gracious with their time and for being such great sports!

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Spirit Day 2014 Promo Video: “God’s Building”

Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2014 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.

Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It will be held on November 8 and 9 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “God’s Building”. Each of us is God’s building with Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone. At Spirit Day, we’ll be exploring how God’s spirit lives within us and how God is building us up to be strong witnesses of our faith.

Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and the Jacob and Matthew Band leading music.

“Your Love” written and performed by the Jacob and Matthew Band, courtesy of World Library Publications, All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Video created by Chris Estrella.

For more info and to register, visit


When Mommy is Your Teacher

Gail and Kayla on the first day of school last week

This past week, Kayla started grade two at St. Paul Elementary School with Gail as her teacher.  As St. Paul is a single-streamed school (ie. one class per grade), Gail – with her principal’s blessing – taught Sean 6 years ago, Jake 4 years ago, and now Kayla.

I’ve always contended that having your parent as your teacher can be a lot tougher than one might think.  I can’t speak for Gail, but I know that if I taught one of my own kids, I would almost “over compensate” and be tougher on him/her than on other kids for fear of anyone claiming I was biased or favouring my own child.

I saw it in small ways when I helped to coach the boys’ volleyball teams last year.  I was extremely careful about not giving Sean or Jake too much playing time, and I may have actually short-changed them on equal playing time on a couple of occasions.

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