Finishing up my stay in Alberta, Canada

My days and places are starting to run together after only a week of speaking engagements!  What is it going to be like after 3 1/2 weeks?!!!!!!  Confused smile

White court schoolThursday afternoon, I spent in Whitecourt, Alberta visiting schools and speaking to the children about GLA and Haiti.  They had wonderful questions and really listened when I was talking to them.  We encourage them to vote for GLA in the Giving of Life Contest and some of them voted in their computer class!  The teacher helped them to vote!  We watched as the votes kept going up from the kids voting and people from churches that I had visited.  It was amazing to see!  We were in 3rd place and ended up in 2nd place and if it had gone on a few more days, I think we could have taken over 1st place!

I left Whitecourt about 3:30 PM and traveled to Athabasca, Alberta which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive away.  I met the nicest people at the church there.  There was not a huge turn out that night, but those that were there were very interested and asked lots of questions.  I have spent every night on this tour with wonderful families.  I have been very blessed.  People have been so willing to drive me from one location to another and worked hard to arrange meetings and interviews.  Hopefully, funds will come in from people who heard about GLA or met me on this trip.Weird church steeple westlock AB

Look at this unique church steeple that I saw on the trip from Whitecourt to Athabasca, Alberta.  Just wanted to throw that in because I really liked it!  Open-mouthed smile

Tonight (Saturday) was the 6th annual Edmonton fundraiser.  So many families were there with GLA children and from 1 PM to 3 PM was a family “meet and greet” for GLA families.  I thought the evening went well and hope everyone enjoyed coming and visiting as much as I did!  An adoptive father, Ron Hamm, is a pastry chef and he made the most wonderful desserts for everyone who attended the fundraiser.  (And yes, Joycie, I did eat some!  but I can still get my pants buttoned, so not doing too bad on this trip!  LOL)

here are some photos that I took of the children and their families that I saw today.


pen and ink drawing for HaitiSusan Jane Burris is a long time artist living in Swan Hills, Alberta.  Miss Burris was touched by the worldwide outpouring of solidarity with the people of Haiti, and was inspired to create her interpretation of this global support.  Miss Burris drew this drawing to depict five hands holding a shroud of love.  Each hand represents the various races around the world and also represents the needs of Haiti.  There were a limited number of prints made and these were sold at the fundraiser.  All proceeds have been donated by Miss Burris to GLA.  If you would like to know more about this drawing and how you can get your own print, please email me at

Tomorrow, I am speaking at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Edmonton.  They are having a lunch after church and giving me a time to share about GLA.  A couple of families with GLA children will be at this church and it will be nice to see them.  This church has also sent a couple of teams of volunteers to Haiti in past years. 

it is almost midnight and I have to pack tonight because I need to check out of the hotel before church tomorrow morning. 

I miss home and everyone there, but my time is going quickly and everything in Haiti is going well according to those that I talk to.  Please pray that things stay quiet and continue to go well.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. tracey wrote:
It was a blessing having you here in Edmonton. Really enjoyed having dinner with you on Tuesday. Praying for the rest of your trip. How to see you back in Haiti again. Blessing

Sun, November 6, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

2. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
may your trip to Ontario be blessed with calm travel and the days of this week be filled with generous people who open their hearts to GLA !!!

Sun, November 6, 2011 @ 11:31 PM

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