Dramatic Reading of Jordan Leopold Daughter’s Letter to the Minnesota Wild (VIDEO)

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In January of this year, Jordyn Leopold (11 year-old daughter of NHL defenceman Jordan Leopold) wrote an impassioned letter to the Minnesota Wild urging them to trade for her father to bring him home to Minnesota.

She said that her dad was lonely and that she was lost without him.

On trade deadline day March 2, young Jordyn got her wish. Her father Jordan Leopold was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Minnesota Wild for Justin Falk and a 5th round draft pick. Continue reading Dramatic Reading of Jordan Leopold Daughter’s Letter to the Minnesota Wild (VIDEO)

My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre

Yesterday was the first day in the new John Paul II Pastoral Centre. After months of anticipation, it was nice to finally get into our new building.

Here’s a look at my day…diary style.

6:45am: I rolled out of bed after just three hours of sleep. I guess I was too excited to get a decent sleep. Reminded me of the night before the first day of school. Or the night before releasing a new Canucks music video.

7:40am: I leave my home in Steveston via car.

8:09am: I make a left turn onto West 33rd and have to wait in traffic for about five minutes because of the construction in front of our building.  Still, this shaved about 10 to 15 minutes off my commute.

8:14am: I pull into the underground parking garage and park in spot number one. Appropriate for me given my ego I guess haha. Continue reading My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre

What I’ll Miss Most About 150 Robson

This post is the final entry in my “Farewell, Downtown Vancouver” blog series in which I reflect on certain aspects of my time downtown.

Well, the day is here: our first day in our new JP II Pastoral Centre at 4885 Saint John Paul II Way in central Vancouver (corner of Willow and West 33rd).

Thus, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of some of the more memorable aspects of our now former Pastoral Centre at 150 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver – the place I called my work home for the past 12 years.

The Elevator

When you walked up to the “freight elevator”, you’d hope that it was on your floor. After all, you basically had a one in four chance of getting lucky. However, if the elevator was on another floor, you wouldn’t be able to “call” for it unless the elevator doors were closed.

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Being a Good Sport: Recalling my Favourite Downtown Sports Memories

This post is part of my “Farewell, Downtown Vancouver” blog series in which I’ll be writing short reflections on certain aspects of my time downtown.

The location of my office and workplace – 150 Robson Street – was ideal for a sports fanatic like myself. Our offices at the corner of Robson and Cambie put me next door to BC Place and just two blocks away from Rogers Arena.

Thus, a big part of what I’m going to miss about downtown is the sporting scene.

The 2010 Winter Olympics

My favourite downtown sporting memory was actually a “one-off” so to speak – that is the 2010 Winter Olympics. For 17 days straight, I was blessed to be in the middle of the patriotism, hoopla, and jubilation. Our Pastoral Centre played host as an “Catholic Hospitality Centre” as we invited people from all across the world to come in and stay awhile. Visitors could enjoy a cup of coffee, surf the internet, write a prayer on our prayer wall, watch some of the events on big-screen televisions, or learn a bit more about the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

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The Sights of Downtown Vancouver

This post is part of my “Farewell, Downtown Vancouver” blog series in which I’ll be writing short reflections on certain aspects of my time downtown.

Downtown Vancouver is so beautiful and picturesque because of its many different sights (and sites).

Near my workplace at Robson and Cambie, we’re right next to the remodeled BC Place Stadium. Walk a few blocks south and you’re in trendy Yaletown; walk a few blocks north and you’re in historic Gastown.

BC Place
BC Place

Head down Robson from my building and you’ll pass the Public Library before hitting Granville Street (which actually looks better at night than during the day). Go a couple of more blocks and you’ll find yourself in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Traverse a bit more past Burrard and you’re right in the middle of the Robson shopping district.

Turn right and you’ll get to the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre and Jack Poole Plaza. Or keep going down Robson and eventually you’ll hit English Bay. Or head east on Georgia and you’ll make your way to scenic Stanley Park with Coal Harbour on your right side.

English Bay
English Bay

Along the way, you’re bound to pass a plethora of fancy hotels, expensive restaurants, casual eateries, clubs, and shopping centres.   And of course, there’s beautiful Holy Rosary Cathedral at the corner of Dunsmuir and Richards.

But the one sight I’m going to miss the most is actually one I see BEFORE I get downtown. It’s the view I see as I head north on Cambie as soon as I begin my descent after crossing West 12th Avenue.

My favourite view
My favourite view

On a clear day the view is breath taking. You see the tall office buildings along with BC Place and the Harbour Centre tower. Rising above the buildings are the North Shore mountains. And if the time is right, the mountains will have snow on them.

An older picture...but check out the snow-capped mountains
An older picture…but check out the snow-capped mountains

Even when it’s not a clear day, it’s still a good view…especially when the mountains emerge through the low-lying fog.

When bringing visitors downtown via Cambie, they always react favourably to what they see – either with a gasp, a smile, or they whip out their cell phone to take a picture. And they keep taking pictures as we drive over the Cambie Street Bridge with the great view of False Creek on the right.

While our new area won’t be as scenic, I look forward to exploring a little bit to discover new favourite sights.

But I anticipate making the quick 10 minute trip downtown a number of times in the upcoming months to visit.

After all, it’s been like my second home for the past 22 years.

What are your favourite downtown Vancouver sights?

Husband, Father, Youth Minister, Speaker: Lover of God, Family and the Canucks

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