Upcoming events: Next Leaders Network, 09/22 Timeraiser, 09/28-29 SFU Volunteer and Community Engagement Fair

Next Leaders Network

NLN has a great line-up of events coming this fall. Speed Networking, Appreciative Inquiry, Be a Star Performer (I’ll be co-presenting). So much value for becoming an NLN member. See you at all three!

Vancouver Timeraiser

Thursday, September 22
Part volunteer fair. Part art silent auction. All cocktail party. Connect with great people and great organizations at this hip event. I served on the jury to select the organizations, so I know there are a wide variety of causes and opportunities. See you there!

SFU Volunteer and Community Engagement Fair

Wednesday and Thursday, September 28-29 
If you’re an SFU student, connect with a wide variety of community organizations. Community organizations, get your vibrant staff and volunteers out and connect with keen university students! Join the president’s reception on the Wednesday while you’re there.

When you work with dorks you get dorky farewell poetry

Next Friday is my last day at work before I head on my 6 month adventure through Central Asia. My lovely co-workers arranged a “surprise” lunch (I was adamant to not have a party) at which I was bestowed with a basket FULL of really good chocolate, a gift certificate for MEC (yay!), and many good wishes. And this poem. Thank you, as I too am a dork.

A Farewell Ode to Trina
By:  Shona Taner and Tony Botelho

Trina will be leaving soon,
And visiting distant lands.
On her way she’ll see Turkey,
and many of the “Stans”.

She’ll do without her comforts,
No more toilet or running water,
When she needs to pee or poop,
She’ll learn to love a squatter,

After long days of walking,
Her feet will likely hurt.
But no hotels for this gal,
Her home will be a yurt.

The food will be quite different,
The menu will comprise,
Of fermented yak’s milk,
Some horse meat and sheep’s eyes,

She’ll meet many suitors,
Who will ask her for a chat,
Some will be like Clooney,
Others like Borat.

If she accepts no offers,
To become a loyal wife.
It’s back to old Vancouver,
And chocolate and Lava Life.