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Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in I love... | 0 comments

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The upcoming municipal elections are here and voting ends on Saturday.  To tell you the truth I have never voted for any mayor and council in any city that I have lived in.  Why?  Well for one, since moving to BC I have moved around nine times in the last 7 and half years . I guess I never felt like I had a community to hold as my own and share with those around me.  It took me awhile to figure out a place and community that felt right to invest time and energy in.  It will be coming up to a year in December since I moved to Squamish and this is finally the place I know in my heart that I want to raise my family and live and play.  This morning I was running along the snowy streets in Brackendale and passed three people along the way.  All three  either said hi, waved or nodded as I ran by.  This put a huge smile on my face as I knew that this was the type of community I’m proud to be apart of.  I grew up in a wonderful small suburb outside Ottawa,  in which people talked to their neighbours, looked out for each other,  there were countless outdoor parks and bike paths and kids could play without a care in the world.  Now my tiny hometown has grown ten times since those days, but I have been searching for such a strong and positive vibe that the suburb Barhaven has left on me.  The upcoming election is a chance to make positive change right here in my own town where things like, trails, parks, developments, water and schools affect the community that I choose to be a part of.  So I hope that everyone who loves thier community and what it stands for will go out and vote this Saturday as I welcome some positive and inspiring leadership that is needed in my community that I love.

 

Squamish with the chief in the background.

 

Kristie

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 in Trail Running | 0 comments

The little video that could

So thanks to those who voted for Andrew’s video Set Free a trail running story as that propelled us into the finals of the Mountain Equipment coop sweet spot 2011 video contest.  After two weeks of waiting we found out that MEC picked our video to win the grand prize of 2000$ in MEC gift cards.  A small bonus for living what we love as this was never our intent to make this film.  Andrew and I are going to continue on adventuring with some ski touring gear, something I keep saying I would love to do.  So thanks MEC for helping with that dream.

 

Last years MEC sweetspot 2010 winner Jamie Bond lives and filmed his video in Squamish, BC as well.  Perhaps, this means that Squamish has so much variety and beauty that its hard to beat  a place like this to live and play.  They do call Squamish the Outdoor Capital of Canada.  Jamie’s video is awesome as it depicts all the things you can do outside in Squamish in 24hours.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jiOxQwICqw

 

Well, our short little video may not  be done yet as we plan to enter it into a film festival upon an email from the festivals coordinator expressing some interest.  In some ways I hope it doesn’t make it in as I don’t want my face plastered for people to watch.  Haha.  I originally hoped that the film would inspire at least one person to get outside and explore, have fun all while staying active, maybe even go for a run.  The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.   So I guess the message is simple: Get out there, move, breathe, explore, enjoy and live what you love.  One step, two pedals, 100 steps or a million pedals of something,  get going! …..

 

Have fun out there!

Kristie

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