Positivity can make a BIG difference sometimes...

April 14, 2017

I always seem to encounter interesting people while taking transit these days... Some have amazing life stories. Some are dealing with things that seem epic compared to what the average bear has to deal with on a daily basis. Some are sad, but many are just the friendliest people you would ever be fortunate enough to meet.

This evening was no different. On my way home from my night class, I struck up a conversation with a really nice lady while we were both waiting at the Port Credit GO station for our bus. With the way that the conversation went, I had the opportunity to share my “Professional Happy Thought” theory with her... which is going to change the world one day.

This world needs WAY more happiness and positivity. That’s actually part of what was a really cool project from a few years back... you may remember my Positivity Project. If not (or if you just want to check out some amazing artwork), check out this website and be amazed at how easy it is to change people’s mindsets.

Positivity is a necessary component to making the world a better place. Are you doing your part to contribute to the movement?

 

Left reflecting on this Friday evening...

February 25, 2017
As another week draws to a close, I was sitting here reflecting on the things that I managed to get done and what I accomplished this past week (and during the month of February as a whole). This month has actually been absolutely incredible when it comes to my physical recovery! I can now lift more weight, do more reps and accomplish so much more than I ever dreamed in the gym. I am actually doing well in school and really understanding and learning the material (which is sort of a new exper...
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I completely understand...

January 15, 2017
A friend of mine shared this link with me today... a heartbreaking story (as many AVM-related stories are), but it has a happy ending  :)

Check it out here: http://tiphero.com/identical-twin-difference/

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My mind has been blown… again

December 12, 2016

This time though, it isn’t literal (I had a couple of brain hemorrhages back in 1998 and 2001, for anyone who doesn’t know). This time, the thing that is blowing my mind is actually the power of that very organ.

I had a pretty serious stroke right after that last brain hemorrhage, which I am still recovering from. But for the past few years now, I have been working on teaching my body to remember how to be functional. This is accomplished through some pretty intense visualization tech...


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Christmas Benefit Concert!

November 13, 2015
The Special AVM Research & Awareness Fund would like to invite you out to Chartwell Baptist Church (1880 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga) on Sunday November 22nd after the services for an afternoon of Christmas food and fun! Details to follow!
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Looking for bands

September 1, 2015
If you are in a band (or know someone who might be interested) and want to help us raise some money and show off your music, get in touch with us and we can chat! We are trying to piut together a few small benefit shows throughout the fall.
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Welcome to winter!

December 21, 2013
  My goodness, where did the last half of this year go??  Time has flown since the summer and planning for The SHINE! Festival was in full swing.  The festival itself turned out great - amazing music, played to an amazing crowd.  Plans for what we do different next year are being discussed, and other then that, it's safe to say that SHINE! is on hold for the holidays  :)

  On an awesome note - today, one of my incredibly amazing volunteers from SHINE! came with me out to the Sick Kids Foundati...
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The AVM Foundation is back and making a “shining” difference in the community in a whole new way

July 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 17th, 2013 – Oakville, ON – This summer, one young lady and her family are making a rather loud statement to raise funds and awareness… in the form of a benefit concert.  Veronica McCombe is bringing her foundation (The Special AVM Research & Awareness Fund, benefiting The Hospital For Sick Children) to Coronation Park on Saturday August 17th, 2013 to rock the stage with an afternoon and evening of live music, guest speakers and fun!  This is the first year ...


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The SHINE! artists playlist is out!

July 26, 2013
  Well, it's official - we have the schedule all filled up for the day of the show!  Come on out to Coronation Park on Saturday August 17th, and see...

  • 3:30pm - Sarah Jordan
  • 4:00pm - Rebekah Stevens
  • 5:00pm - J'aime Payne
  • 6:00pm - The Reverand H.C. & The Grievous Angels Choir
  • 7:00pm - Barry Szeto
  • 8:00pm - J'Nai
  • 9:00pm - Zara Ahmed (Zara is coming to us all the way from Montreal!  She grew up in Oakville and is returning home to headline at SHINE!)
Looks like a fantastic afternoon of live music and fun...
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Tickets for SHINE! are now on sale!!

July 15, 2013
  Go to http://TheSHINEFestival.webs.com to purchase your tickets for The SHINE! Festival... only $20!  This promises to be a great day of live music, friends and fun in the sun.

  The band line-up has been nearly completed... we are still looking for a few smaller acts to fill in the gaps between bands, but otherwise it is shaping up to be a pretty great day  :)
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