Jake’s Takes – Episode 3: My Catholic Faith (Spirit Day 2015)

In this episode, Jake shares his love for God and the Catholic faith. Learn how it roots him and gives him strength.

He also talks about his experience at Spirit Day earlier this month, when he got to thank Archbishop Miller on behalf of the grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver – in front of over 1,400 people.


Vancouver Canucks Song: Parody of Maroon 5’s “Sugar” – Sutter

The Vancouver Canucks turned over about one-third of their roster to start off the 2015-2016 NHL season.

Brandon Sutter, Brandon Prust, Matt Bartkowski, Adam Cracknell, and rookies Jared McCann, Ben Hutton, and Jake Virtanen all made the team.

So, of course, we decided to sing about it.

I’m joined by regular collaborators – the lovely and talented Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao for our version of Maroon 5’s popular song “Sugar”.



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Penguins, Planes, and the Proposal: The Story of Erwin and Alex

On October 3, 2015, my work colleague and friend Erwin married beautiful Alexandria in London, Ontario.  I was blessed to emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Erwin and Alex:  their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal.


The story of Erwin and Alex begins in March 2013 when Erwin sat across from me (and 3 others) in a boardroom in downtown Vancouver. We asked questions and he did his best to answer them.

One month later he was living in Vancouver and working at a new job. For a really good looking boss.

As I mentioned earlier, Erwin and Alex met in Saskatoon in January 2014 when they were both there for some youth ministry gatherings that had some really long names.

Alex’s first impression of Erwin was hardly a positive one. She found him abrupt, unapproachable, and standoffish. Pretty much everything you look for in a future husband.

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

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