Time flies and this week has been too full of work and stuff to post but last weekend was great.
Winnipeg is an interesting city. It is definitely bigger than Saskatoon but also definitely smaller than Calgary. It feels more like Saskatoon than Calgary. I don’t really know why but maybe it is just the prairie feel to it. I think I like Winnipeg for that reason.
In any case, I had a good time there last weekend. I got there, rented a car and drove to the York hotel. In the afternoon, before Leo was done his courses, I wandered around downtown in the mall. Found a McNally Robinson store – succumbed to my biggest temptation there and came away with a couple new books.
That evening was Leo’s induction into the College of Family Physicians as a Fellow. Gowns and hoods, pin and certificate and new letters to put behind his name FCFP. He works hard to keep his knowledge current so he deserves it – and he loves it!
After all the pomp and circumstance, we had a nice visit with Mr. Daley who was made an honorary member of the college. He is another guy who has worked hard in the field of physical activity promotion and received the Order of Canada. He was wearing his medal so we got to check that out close up.
Then we went in to a performance by Chantal Kreviazuk. She is amazing really, performing up on stage from the piano which she plays as she sings – no other back-up – with a voice that is powerful and clear. And to us it was just a bit special that she had just returned the day before from Ethiopia where she travelled with War Child International. She brought back some stories and then called up an 11 year old girl, Hannah Bennet I think was her name, who has raised a tremendous amount of money for the homeless. Chantal donated $5000 to her and this was matched by the College of Family Physicians and the Scotia Bank.
The next day we spent with friends – first of all at Faith Covenant, then with Chantelle(my niece, not the singer) and friends and then met Jamie and Kim Arpin-Ricci for a really good visit. We still had a bit of time left so we drove down to the legislature and wandered among the bears in the park.