Christmas Volunteering: Day 3 (Miroslav Glavić Christmas Video 2014)

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Christmas Volunteering is a 5 part series of my volunteering during the last week of the Christmas holiday

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Christmas Volunteering: Day 2

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Christmas Volunteering is a 5 part series of my volunteering during the last week of the Christmas holiday

Today I am surprising my staff that work in my Parkdale-High Park office.

3135502287_bed223c580_m_christmas-turkeyMost of them come from low-income families (something that changed when I hired them). A lot of them are single parent families.

I called upon all my board of directors to help me cook a lot of turkey dinners. I essentially got my directors to lend me their ovens and bake turkeys (or is it turkies?).

I asked my Parkdale-High Park staff to bring their families in. All dress up nicely. I will carol Christmas songs. What they do not know is that I (and my directors) will serve them a full Christmas turkey dinner. We even got Tofurky for the vegetarians/vegans.

I even got a few local musicians (violin and sort of classical music) to play their instruments to Christmas music.

They will all be coming using public transit. Each of them pays $133.75 per month for their metropasses. Imagine if they put what they spend in metropasses annually into savings for their children’s post-secondary education? By the way that is $1,605 per year if you get 12 metropasses. Most of them have kids under 12 so if they graduate high school at 17 (grade 12) it would mean 5 years of savings, $8,025. This all taking into consideration that they continue to work for us all these years. I have never fired anyone.

The Directors and I will be looking at covering their metropasses for 2016 in about a year. Depends on how things go.

So to summarize: We are making their turkey/tofurky dinner dreams come true. Did I mention that BIG tree in the corner of the main room at the office, with presents that have the their (and their children’s) names on them?. We are also covering their metropasses.

Less worries for them means they can be more productive at work.

We have never done this EVER. I hope things work. I have to get ready now.

We put up the tree, decorated the tree and room, got the tables ready. Turkeys are just coming in and we will have to warm them up for tonight’s dinner. The drinks (non-alcoholic) all came at 8am.

I am sitting at one of the tables right now typing this while there is a break. Extension chords are not working and the lights went out.Tušan is going to get some extension chords. He is getting 5 more. We also have a backup generator to use just in case Mother Nature decides to be mean this year.

This is one of the biggest things my staff and I have done. I have a dream of filling the Skydome with people accross the city who will go hungry this Christmas and give them a Christmas dinner. This thing at my Parkdale-High Park office is the closest I can to fulfilling my dream.

Turkey Photo by Mike_fleming

Christmas theme on the site

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I would like to inform you all that the Christmas theme will be here to stay until December 26. At the stroke of midnight it will most likely to change to the regular theme.

Just thought to let you know. Quick note.
Featured Image Photo by Marie Hale

Christmas Volunteering: Day 1

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Christmas Volunteering is a 5 part series of my volunteering during the last week of the Christmas holiday

VxISx-J2So what are you doing for Christmas season?

Every year I tend to get so happy with the Christmas spirit.

A tradition for at least 5 years, I wrap gifts for Epilepsy Toronto’s gift wrapping campaign.

You go up to your booth, they wrap your gift for a donation to Epilepsy Toronto.

Over the years I have volunteered at Dufferin Mall and Eaton Centre. The last couple of years I have focused in Fairview Mall and Scarborough Centre.

This year there is only one mall: Scarborough Centre.

Over the years I have wrapped so many gifts. I have wrapped EVERY gift that has been put in front of me. Including a basketball.

You can’t really wrap round things. I still did it.

It is not about if you can or can not wrap a gift…it is how long it will take me.

If you are around Scarborough Town Centre, come on down and do your shopping there. We will wrap things.

Upset at Rogers

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I am Upset at Rogers.

So Tuesday night I stayed over at my parents house. Sometime at 02:00 all Rogers services went bye-bye. Continue reading

Unsung Heroes

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We all have our semi-secret, less-known personal favorites — a great B-side, an early work by an artist that later became famous, an obscure (but delicious) family recipe. Share one of your unsung heroes with us — how did you discover it? Why has it stayed off everyone’s radar?
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I could easily name a firefighter or a police officer. They are all heroes.

I am going to mention two friends of mine: Asima femaleSouth Sudan & Samir maleSudan Continue reading

Jim Karygiannis does the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Canada

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Jim Karygiannis does the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Canada Continue reading

Miroslav Glavić does the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Canada

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Miroslav Glavić does the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Canada Continue reading

My thoughts on WordCamp Toronto 2014

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So WordCamp Toronto is over for 2014. I am going through withdrawal right now. Continue reading

Redesign of my site

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Oops,

It is WordCamp Toronto weekend.

I wasnt happy with the mysql and plugin junk my site had been collecting over the years.

So hello WordCamp Toronto people, how are you?

Miroslav