Santa and His Super Hero is a book born from late night stories and a respect for our local heroes.
Before going to sleep at night, a young Nathan would sit on his bed with his father, Keven McTaggart and come up with stories of Santa and Christmas. Being an inquisitive young man, Nathan began to wonder what would happen if Santa got stuck in a chimney. Together, father and son came up with different scenarios to add to their short stories. Firefighters played a major role as they would rescue Santa in the stories.
Creation of the book
Nathan and Keven eventually decided to put their stories together in the form of a book. They were finally contacted by a self-publishing organization that helped them get closer to their goal.
Nathan was so excited to share his book with his friends that he brought it to his 2015/2016 class at Harbour View Elementary School. There, his teacher, Mrs. Shinkewski thought that it would be a neat idea to let her students draw the illustrations.
The BC Burn FundThere is never a wrong time to teach children about charity. When Santa and His Super Hero was published, Keven thought that it provided a good opportunity to share this lesson with Nathan. To them, it only seemed right that since the book was about firefighters, they would support a cause in relation to them. The net proceeds from the sales of Santa and His Super Hero are given in support of the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
The Burn Fund has partnered with the Vancouver Park Board for the past 20 years to present the magic and illumination of Bright Nights in Stanley Park. On November 29th, Keven and Nathan will be giving this year’s donation to the BC Burn Fund at their VIP event of Bright Nights in Stanley Park.
Buy a copy of their book in support of this great cause and to pick up some great reading material. The book is an entertaining read that you will definitely enjoy. And with Christmas coming up, you could also purchase a few extra copies to give to your loved ones.
Also visit the BC Burn Fund website to find out other ways you can help.
Where to get your copy?
Santa and His Super Hero is a great Christmas book for all children. It’s even equipped with a special page in the back where children can write their Christmas wishes. This page can be cut out and sent as a letter to Santa.
Get in touch with Team Leo to learn more about this book at (604) 936-1111 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas!
It’s that time of year again. The weather’s wet, the temperature’s dropped and our giving spirit is in full swing. Once again, Team Leo is working with the Realtors Care Blanket Drive to make sure everyone stays warm this winter.
There are too many people out there cold, hungry and in need of a little bit of comfort. Over the last 23 years, the Blanket Drive has helped more than 300,000 people in our communities.
This success is thanks to YOU!
Your donations have provided those in need with warmth and support. And we could use your support again this year.
How we help
We collect donations of winter gear to give to the homeless, working poor and anyone else who is in need during the cold season. We then take the donations directly to those in need to make sure all those in need has something to keep them warm.
Our mission is the same every year, to spread hope and warmth to everyone.
How you can help
Come stop by our Team Leo office during office hours to drop off your donations. We will welcome you and your donations with a happy smile and maybe even a cup of coffee.
Our office is open from:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Items to look for in your closet
The following items are appreciated for any age:
- gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
- warm clothing and coats
- hats, gloves and scarves
- new socks and underwear
- plastic ponchos and bivy sacks
Your generosity could help keep someone warm this year.
Keeping others warm
Everyone has clothes in their closet that they’ll never look at again. One man’s junk is another man’s gold. Let someone else make use of what you don’t.
We make sure the items you donate goes directly to those in need.
If you have any questions about the donation or if you’d like to talk to one of us directly to know more about how you can help, call (604) 936-1111 or email email@example.com.
Who doesn’t like playing games? And if you love games as much as you do, then you’ll definitely want to join Team Leo’s fun. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, go to the Team Leo Facebook page and see the post about our Smart Car game.
What’s the Smart Car game?
We love our neighborhood and we want to share all of our favorite locations with you. So for the next few weeks, Team Leo will be driving the team smart car to different locations throughout the Tri-Cities area. The car will be left at a location until it is found by you!
The first person to find the car wins a prize. We want to give everyone a chance, so to make it fair, you can only win once. That means that there will be a new winner for every new location.
Make sure to follow the Team Leo Facebook page so you can keep track of the car for a better chance to win the free giveaway!
How to find the car?
The smart car will always be parked within the Tri-Cities. The first person to find the car at the new location is the winner. If you have trouble finding the car and the car goes undetected for a few days, then we will give a few little ‘hints’ to help you locate it. Pay very close attention to any comments or photos anyone from Team Leo posts about it.
Are there rules?
Like any game, this one has rules too. But no need to worry, they’re very simple. Find the car, take a selfie with the car and post the selfie to Facebook. Don’t forget to like the Team Leo Facebook page and tag Team Leo in your selfie post.
What’s the prize?
Good question! We have some gift cards that we want to share with you.
All Canadian children are familiar with the concept of Remembrance Day. Every November 11th, they go to a ceremony where there is a parade and they stand in silence until a bugle horn begins to play. We are taught the significance of the ceremony and how it commemorates those who died in armed conflicts. The significance of Remembrance Day is much greater than what we think. It is also a day that some veterans had to fight for in order to get recognition.
Here are 5 facts about Remembrance Day that you may not have known.
1. Remembrance Day used to be known as Armistice Day
Most of the British Empire recognized the end of World War I as Armistice Day. It was celebrated on the second Monday in November, which at the time was the same day as Thanksgiving. In the past, there was less public demonstration to honor this day. While most veterans and their families would gather in churches and local memorials, they were supported by few other Canadians. It wasn’t until 1928 where recognized citizens, most of whom were veterans, pushed for greater recognition. They also wanted a day of remembrance that didn’t coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday. In 1931, it was decreed that Remembrance Day would fall on November 11 and would emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers.
2. Two-minutes of silence is held at 11 am
On November 11, 1918, the armistice was signed at 5 am in a railway carriage in France. The first World War ended six hours later, at 11 am. A two-minute silence is observed to remember those who lost their lives in conflict. The moment of silence is due to the practice in Cape Town, South Africa, where they held a daily three-minute silence. This was known as the Three Minute Pause. One minute was in thanksgiving for those who had returned alive, the second minute was to remember the fallen.
3. Poppies are worn during a remembrance period
The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Poppies are worn for a remembrance period that runs from the last Friday in October until November 11. The tradition to wear poppies began when the red flower was seen growing over the graves of soldiers. Poppies are also worn at other memorial events throughout the year, such as anniversaries of important battles. Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion sells replica poppies to provide assistance to veterans in need.
4. The National Remembrance Day Ceremony
The Canadian Legion organizes the National Remembrance Day Ceremony on behalf of the people of Canada. The Governor General of Canada presides over the ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The ceremony is broadcast nationally and can be watched from 10:15 am to 12:00 pm through Facebook Live stream.
5. The National Silver Cross Mother
Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion chooses a candidate to be the National Silver Cross Mother. This representative symbolizes all mothers whose sons or daughters died while on active duty. The annual honoree places a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.
Remembrance Day in Coquitlam
The Royal Canadian Legion #263 will host the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph. The ceremony will begin at 9:45 am at Como Lake Middle School. At 10:30 am, a parade will follow along Winslow Avenue to the cenotaph on Veteran’s Way. Service at the cenotaph will begin at 11 am.
More details about this event can also be found on the City of Coquitlam website here.
One thing that we find very important here at Team Leo is building relations and keeping them. Leofest is a great time to get to know new clients and to catch up with old. We are always super excited to see everyone who comes. Buying or selling a house can be stressful. Our aim is to make sure everyone has a good experience. We love making friends and seeing how people have adjusted.
Your Experience with Team Leo
At our September Leofest, we had the chance to chat with some of our old clients. Chandra and Nadine Collett were past clients and we had such a fantastic experience working with them.
We asked them what they thought about working with Team Leo and here’s what they said.
Team Leo is extremely professional, readily available, are happy to answer all questions, and have an impressive online presence.
Thank you for working with us Chandra and Nadine. We can’t wait to see you again at our next Leofest!
If you love to dance, party and give back to others, then the Columbia Theater is where you want to be this Friday.
Who are the Rockin’ All Stars?
The Rockin’ All Stars are playing live at the Columbia Theater this Friday, October 6, 2017. They play a selection of R&B Rock-n-Roll tunes that will keep your feet tapping to the beat the whole night. The band is made up of a group of full time Re/Max realtors who want to give back to the community by donating all of their proceeds to The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).
Fundraising for Marie Sheppy
Friday’s performance is in support of a friend who has had a heavy involvement with the CMN in the past. One of their own has fallen ill and needs help to get back on her feet. Marie Sheppy runs Re/Max Western Canada in Kelowna and has been instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for BC Children’s Hospital.
As a single working mother, Marie Sheppy has to work hard to support her family. Stricken by Failed Back Syndrome, Marie is forced to take time off from work to undergo treatment.
To help her out, Remax Rockin’ All Stars are donating everything from this one concert to help her while she is out of work. All proceeds from the concert on October 6th will be given to help Marie.
Don’t forget to come by the Columbia Theater in New Westminster to check out this amazing concert happening on October 6, 2017. For more details, check out Rockin’ All Stars Facebook event page here.
Where: 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
When: Friday, October 6th, 2017
Price: $25 per person
We hope you can make it. We’d love to see you there!
This Sunday we are celebrating the 108th anniversary of francophone in Maillardville. Maillardville is a small french community within the city of Coquitlam where the first french Canadians settled when they crossed Canada from Quebec to work the logging operations in B.C.
108 years is a long time and Team Leo is excited to be a part of this amazing event to celebrate the community’s history. If you do attend the festival, make sure you look out for the Team Leo smart car, and also make sure to stop by the Team Leo tent to say hi to Jasmine. She would love to see you.
This event is family friendly and features a lot of great games, music and so much more. From what we hear, there’s going to be a lot of cool things set up for you. Here are a few of the things we’re most looking forward to:
If you love supporting local artists and seeing concerts in person, then make sure to check out Alouest, Maillardville’s very own band. They bring their own West Coast charm and flair to French Canadian music. They have a lot of great songs which we love.
Along with the well-loved bean bag toss, we also hear that there will be a number of other games for you to enjoy. A game of Petanque will be set up for your enjoyment.
An Osteofit workshop is scheduled to help educate everyone about health and fitness. The instructors will help you learn about safe and gentle exercises to keep you comfortable during your workout.
A great selection of awesome music paired with a mixture of dance and aerobic movements, is there a better workout out there? I think not. Who doesn’t love to move their body to the beat of some great music? Make sure to find the Zumba initiation and join in on the fun.
Wow, with all the cool things happening, this event is promising to be great. We hope you have fun celebrating at this festival!
If you have any questions regarding real estate, or you just want to check in to say hi, feel free to call Team Leo at 604-936-1111 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Last year, RE/MAX raised a total of $974,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!
That’s almost the value of an entire house*, going towards purchasing equipment and funding research to help our sick children!
Can you help us top that this year? Miracle Weekend is fast approaching. Help us make a difference!
(* We are not asking you to donate your entire house towards sick children but much obliged if you do! 😉)
Miracle Weekend is the culmination of fundraising efforts throughout the year by literally hundreds of diverse groups. Events include everything from school fundraisers to golf tournaments to in-store customer campaigns. The hospital receives support from employee groups in financial services, retail, mining, technology, professional associations, construction and real estate, hospitality and restaurants, and others, and members of Children’s Hospital’s employee family. Annual events, such as Jeans DayTM, Slo-Pitch, RBC Run for the Kids, and the 98.5 The OCEAN (Victoria) radiothon contributed to the total.
Donations to Miracle Weekend are used to support the purchase of life-saving equipment, research into the treatment, prevention and cure of childhood diseases, recruitment and educational programs for caregivers, and programs in communities throughout the province. Miracle Weekend events have raised $280 million for the hospital since the first Miracle Weekend was held in 1988.
Commemorating 25 Years of Miracles
The Children’s Miracle Network is committed to raising money for children’s hospitals, awareness of children’s health issues, and for research.
I received a letter in the mail this week celebrating the 25th anniversary of when I decided to start making a difference. Through RE/MAX’s affiliation with the network, by donating money directly based on income, we have managed to raise over $64 million since 1992!
Received this beautiful pin today to remind us all of the miracles we have contributed to within the last 25 years, but also to remind everyone that there is always more to be done. Help our children today and make that commitment!
If you are a realtor, get in touch with RE/MAX Corporate to see how you can start contributing to better the lives of these kids.
Not a realtor? Click here to learn how you can make a difference today.
We had the honor of attending the IMAGINE Gala last weekend to in effort to raise funds for the SHARE Society; an organization that exists to connect, engage and strengthen individuals and families in the Tri-Cities, Anmore and Belcarra.
Through fundraisers such as there IMAGINE Gala, SHARE Society has been able to give back to the community ten hold through their support and food bank programs.
This night was no exception! With the help from notable sponsors including; CTV, Vancity, Save on Foods, and IKEA to name a few. See full list of sponsors here.
Team Léo was grateful for being apart of such an amazing community initiative. Not to mention we had a great time, the pictures speak for themselves!