We spend a lot of time helping clients achieve their philanthropic dreams, which for me is a very exciting and rewarding aspect of our business. When I see other people giving of their time and money to help make the world a better place, in both large and small ways, it inspires me to find ways to give back. Next to physical activity, I'm not sure there's a better feeling than being able to share resources with those who really need them. My family has been blessed to be a part of the Dundas community, so most of our efforts have been focused there, but as a team, our Ancaster office serves the greater Hamilton community as well.
The Terry Fox Run has been a fixture in our home since before our children were born. My wife and I have helped organize the run in Dundas for the greater part of 15 years. Our little community run is focused on kids, since they were who inspired Terry to start his Marathon of Hope in the first place. The run has grown from a handful of participants to hundreds and is always a lot of fun for everyone and of course a great way to raise money for cancer research. Even though there are a million different runs, walks, bikes - you name it these days - Terry Fox was the inspiration for all of them, and it's a privilege to honour his legacy in this way.
My kids are super active in sports - a bit like their parents. My son plays rep hockey in Dundas and lacrosse in Hamilton. My youngest daughter plays rep hockey in Ancaster. I've coached both for many years. What a wonderful privilege it is to be able to shape kids lives from an early age, where they can take those skills learned from organized sport and use them as they find their way in the world. Discipline, team work, attitude, commitment and dealing with disappointment to name a few. I can still remember some of the coaches I had as a kid playing sports and what a positive influence many of them have been in my life. At this stage of our kids lives, it feels like the most natural way of giving back to my community.