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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NCLN Symposium: Without Exception

I’m thrilled to be in Toronto this weekend to speak at the annual Symposium for NCLN (National Campus Life Network).  I’ll be speaking on “The Top 10 Ways to Sustain Yourself and Your Team”.

Formed by students and for students, National Campus Life Network (NCLN) is the heart of the Pro-Life Student Movement in Canada. NCLN equips students to build a campus culture that respects and upholds the value and equality of all human life from fertilization to natural death; these students will in turn transform society, as they go on to lead in their future fields, careers, communities and families.

I’m looking forward to hearing from leaders and speakers in the pro-life movement and meeting students from across the country involved in this important work.


C4 Canucks Podcast: A New Hope

After a two-month hiatus, we’re back with our latest C4 podcast on Canucks Hockey Blog.

Matt Lee and I tee up another Vancouver Canucks season! With the preseason well under way, we spend some time talking about Jake Virtanen and Brendan Gaunce, who they think will make the opening night roster, and everything else we can think of.

Listen to the podcast on Canucks Hockey Blog here.

Spirit Day 2015 Promo Video: “Worthy”

Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2015 – 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 Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office. It will be held on November 7 and 8 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.

The theme for this year’s event is “Worthy”. Each of us is respectfully and wonderfully made. At Spirit Day, we’ll explore how we are created in the image and likeness of God; we are worthy because He is worthy.

Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and WAL (formerly known as the Jacob and Matthew Band) leading music.

“Shine Your Light” written and performed by WAL, courtesy of World Library Publications, All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Video created by Matthew Furtado.

For more info and to register, visit


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

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