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DMPTalks with Lorna Somers

For this, the fifth edition of DMPTalks, it was my pleasure to have facilitated a conversation with Lorna Somers. For those of us working within the nonprofit sector Lorna needs very little introduction given her numerous accomplishments within the sector. … Continued

Don’t Lose Your Colour

“There is a Fountain of Youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” … Continued

The Dash vs. Cat Photos

Life is way too short not to do something that matters. Hugh McLeod from gapingvoid shares his wisdom on the subject. “Never before have so many people on this planet have had so much choice about how their time is spent. … Continued

It’s Really All About Gratitude

Somewhat later in life I have found that without developing the conscious habit of being grateful it is extremely difficult to achieve  happiness in one’s life. Unfortunately, gratitude can take an awfully long time to learn. In fact, for many … Continued

DMPTalks with Frank Minton

For this, the fourth edition of DMPTalks, it was my pleasure and honour to facilitate a conversation with Dr. Frank Minton. For those of us in the planned giving community Frank needs very little introduction, however, perhaps a little background … Continued

Winning The Lottery Of The Universe

In 1999 I joined the Canadian board of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). In retrospect this was one of those life transforming decisions that one can only fully appreciate well after the fact. As a board member, and later Chair … Continued

All That We Share

We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Jock. Nerd. Serious professional. Slacker. Straight. Gay. Despite gender, religion, race, or sexual orientation, this video is a reminder that we all have more in common than we … Continued

DMPTalks with Ruth MacKenzie

Given that the Canadian Association of Gift Planners’ National Conference  is taking place next month, I thought that for this – our third edition of DMPTalks – Ruth MacKenzie would be an ideal person to initiate a conversation with. Since … Continued

For The Love of Gift Planning

On January 26th I have the good fortune to participate with my friends and fellow gift planning zealots/professionals Paul Nazarath and Malcolm Burrows at the Toronto CAGP chapter’s, For the Love of Gift Planning half day summit. Coincidentally, I interviewed Malcom … Continued

Merry Christmas featuring Buster the Boxter

Clearly, I realize this video is a TV advert for the British retailer, John Lewis. Cleverly, it utilizes the song, “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, performed by the Vaults. (The original song was performed by Randy Crawford  and very much … Continued