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Chris Hadfield endorses “Now That I’m Here”

Sunday, May 1st, 2016—News

Astronaut and overall extraordinary human being (and Kickass Canadian!) Chris Hadfield has endorsed my upcoming children’s book, Now That I’m Here:

Now That I’m Here is a touching, helpful book for all of us who deal with illness growing up. A lovely, sad, good and loving tribute that gives hope and strength where it’s needed most.”

Thank you so much, Chris!

Published through my shingle, Wonderpress, Now That I’m Here is a tribute to young Kate Drury and will raise funds for the CHEO Research Institute in support of research into SIFD, the type of mitochondrial disease she suffered from. It will be available for print-on-demand orders, in English and French, this September 2016, in time for Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week.

Here’s a look at one of the illustrations in progress, by the gifted Karem Laguna:

NTIH Cover Illustration_In Progress

You can learn more here. For the latest updates, please ‘Like’ the Now That I’m Here Facebook page.

New Wonderpress children’s book in the works

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016—News

Through my publishing shingle, Wonderpress, I’m working on a new children’s book called Now That I’m Here. I wrote it as a tribute to a young girl from Ottawa name Kate Drury, who passed away last year from mitochondrial disease. The book will be available for print-on-demand orders, in English and French, this September 2016, in time for Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week. All profits will go to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.

You can learn more here. For the latest updates, please ‘Like’ the Now That I’m Here Facebook page.

Kate Drury

“The Jenn Report” features Kickass Canadians

Thursday, February 11th, 2016—News

Big THANKS to Jennifer Hazen for featuring me and Kickass Canadians on The Jenn Report!

Kickass Canadians founder Amanda Sage

Westboro Brainery workshop a hit

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015—News

Thank you to everyone who helped make Jumping Off: Putting your personal passions into practice a success! On Monday, September 28, Mélina Craig and I led the Westboro Brainery workshop, with proceeds going to Kickass Canadians partner CARE Canada. You can read more, and see a few other photos, here.

Westboro Brainery

Amanda (left) and Mélina chat with a workshop participant

Amanda (left) and Mélina chat with a workshop participant

Kickass Canadians co-hosts upcoming Westboro Brainery fundraiser workshop for CARE Canada

Monday, August 17th, 2015—News

On Monday, September 28, 2015, Kickass Canadians and Mélina Craig Architect are pairing up to co-host the Westboro Brainery workshop Jumping Off: Putting your personal passions into practice. Mélina and I will lead the workshop, which looks at why it’s important to pursue what you love, and how to figure out just what that is.

Brainery workshops are powered by Dovercourt Recreation Centre, which has generously agreed to donate 100% of participant fees to Kickass Canadians partner CARE Canada.

Jumping Off costs $10/participant and runs from 6pm to 7:30pm on Monday, September 28 at the McKellar Park fieldhouse. You can get the details, and register, here. Looking forward to seeing you at the Jumping Off point!

Westboro Brainery - Jumping Off

Kitchissippi Times features the Kickass Continuum

Thursday, July 9th, 2015—News

On Canada Day of this year, I launched the Kickass Continuum, inviting Canadians to contribute words and artwork in celebration of other Canucks they know personally. The Kitchissippi Times kindly featured me and the Continuum in its latest issue, available now on stands and online. Thank you to editor Andrea Tomkins for making it possible!


High Five: marks fifth year

Friday, March 27th, 2015—News

In honour of’s fifth year, I put together a tribute for the website and the people involved. It includes “lessons learned” by some of the Kickass Canadians and a preview of the Kickass Collage. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for being part of the Kickass community.

Kickass Collage

Sharing in CARE Canada’s Giving Season

Friday, December 5th, 2014—News

In the true spirit of the season, CARE Canada celebrates the many ways we can give back with meaning. They invited me to write a post about my fundraising and volunteering experiences, which I was happy to do. Partnering with CARE has been a wonderful development in my life, and I hope it’s brought a lot to the people who benefit from the organization’s support. Happy Giving Season!

CARE Canada

Giving Season

“Bliss” up for IndieDemand Best Film of the Year

Saturday, November 8th, 2014—News

After winning IndieDemand Best Film of the Month this June, my short movie Bliss is now in the running for the online film festival’s Best Film of the Year. Have a look at all the finalists, and if you like Bliss, please give me your vote. (Voting ends November 22.)

Continued thanks to the fabulous cast and crew: Kickass Canadians Miles Finlayson, Matt West & Ben Wilson and Clarke Mackey, plus the awesome Adam McLaren, Kate Smith, William Somers, Maxime Forgues, Alexi Merkis, Grant Schelske, Dave O’Heare, Laura Gauthier, Margaret Jensen-Palmer, Gavin Thompson, Kindha Gorman and Bob Coady.

Bliss starring Kate Smith & William Somers

Fab YYC expands to form Fabulous Alberta project

Friday, August 22nd, 2014—News

In developing Fab YYC, Kickass Canadian Yiorgos Boudouris received so many great stories from Calgary’s LGBTQ community that he realized he wanted to expand the boundaries of his initiative. So he morphed Fab YYC into the Fabulous Alberta project, which will feature the 15 Calgarians already captured (in writing by me, and by stunning photography from Kelly Hofer), as well as 85 more subjects from across Alberta’s LGBTQ community.


To learn more or to support the project, check out Yiorgos’ Kickstarter campaign. You can also read about Fabulous Alberta in today’s Calgary Herald article on Kelly.


Very excited to see how this evolves! And so proud to be involved.

Fabulous Alberta

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