Growling Beaver Brevet Cycling Event (Revisited)

September 28th, 2019

I was pleased once more to ride my fourth edition of the Growling Beaver alongside some great community friends at the end of September. This event was in support of Parkinson’s research in partnership with Brain Canada and the Davis Phinney Foundation in the U.S. This exceptionally run event has raised over $460,000 in its 5th year and a total amount since inception exceeding $1,800,000!

A very special thank you to all my donors who allowed me to exceed my stated goal and raise just shy of $4000. My sincere thanks as well to the organizing committee of the event who make you feel so appreciated as we try to make a difference and instill the message to ‘Live Well Today’.

On a personal note, a few years ago my step mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and so this provides even more incentive to get out there and to try and make a difference!

Looking forward to next year. Thanks for all your support.


Beaver Valley Outreach: Making Good Things Happen in Our Community

September 24, 2019

One of the things I enjoy most about living up in the Southern Georgian Bay area is the sense of community. The term ‘community’ is often used but I’m not sure its always understood or really fully appreciated. In the time we have made this area home, BVO (Beaver Valley Outreach) has been a pillar in our community for offering an array of services and a safety net to those in need. Both of our boys, Ryder and Brody are graduates of their awesome pre-school program they offer adjacent to the Beaver Valley Community School. This amazing service is the only real day care center in Thornbury and at one point in the last few years had a waiting list of about 80 families. There continues to be overwhelming demand for child care in the area. BVO have done a lot for our family and others. They offer a Breakfast club at the elementary school and have an amazing Christmas Hamper program they run every year as well. As is the name of the game for charity- there is always more work to do. With over 300 volunteers and a core staff located in the new building in Thornbury, the folks at BVO are a collection of amazingly dedicated people committed to their mission of Making Good Things Happen in Our Community. This has been their motto for some time now and they are certainly living up to it.

As a small measure of thanks, it was my pleasure recently to present a cheque for $2000 to support BVO on behalf of the RBC Foundation. I salute the work they are doing in our community and the ways they have supported our family in the last few years. Thank you, BVO!


 The Best Downhill Racer

Nov 30, 2018

Thanks to everyone who made this special movie event a tremendous success and a whole lot of fun! We had some terrific first hand commentary from Steve Podborski, Todd Brooker and Bill Johnston, the film’s director.

This movie, which hasn’t been on the big screen in more than 35 years, tells the story of the 1981-82 World Cup Downhill season featuring Steve Podborski in his quest to win the overall Downhill title. This was a major milestone for North American ski racing, as no non-European had ever won this title.

It was my pleasure to sponsor and host this event in recognition of Podborski’s achievement. What better community to acknowledge and celebrate this moment in Canadian ski racing than beautiful Collingwood, home to Steve’s formidable years as a ski racer.

With everyone’s generous support we were able to raise in excess of $6000 for Parachute Canada! Most of us know and understand the dangers that come with downhill ski racing. Parachute was a very suitable charity to support this year in light of their dedication to preventing injuries and saving lives. 100% of donations went to Parachute from this event.

As a ski community, it’s important that we continue to tell our stories and celebrate our successes. In doing so we will acknowledge the foundations of support that are truly required for our athletes to reach the top step of the podium. We have a history of doing that very thing so let’s keep at it!

A very special thank you to Bill Johnston & Summerhill Entertainment for permission to use the film and bring it back to life.

A special thank you also to Allan de la Plante, who generously donated a painting he recently completed of Steve racing at Villars Switzerland. This was done exclusively for this event and raise an extra $2000 for the charity.

Thanks also to Todd Brooker and Steve Podborski for reliving some fun (and terrifying) stories from the world cup circuit for everyone to enjoy.

What a night!

Thanks also to Head Canada, Escarpment Magazine, Alpine Ontario and

See you next year…







  A Party to Die For, Charity dinner event

Oct 27, 2018

I was pleased to be a title sponsor for a special charity dinner event entitled ‘A Party to Die For’ at Lora Bay in Thornbury. It was a great time had by all at this fun murder mystery event in support of BVO (Beaver Valley Outreach). It’s amazing how popular you can be as the sponsor of the ‘liquid assets’ (aka red and white wine)!

If you haven't already found your local charity of choice, please consider BVO. Their mantra is ‘making good things happen in our community’. On the whole the event raised over $53,000 which will help BVO complete their new building and add to support programs such as their Emergency Assistance Service. Thank you to all who made this event such a great success.

On the topic of BVO, I was asked to participate in the creation of this short promotional video:


   Growling Beaver Brevet Cycling Event

Sept 29, 2018

Thanks to all those who made the 2018 Growling Beaver bike event such as huge success in the Beaver Valley community. Over $400K raised this year, with over $1 million raised since the event began in 2015 to help people with Parkinson's live well today and tomorrow. Special congratulations to Evan Siddall on what I believe is best described as a real living legacy! Thanks to all my donors who helped me raise over $2800.00 towards this great cause.

2018 was my third year riding this exceptional community event. Can’t wait to do it again next year.

The Growling Beaver Brevet made its debut in 2015 to celebrate cycling and to help people with Parkinson's to live well today. All fundraising proceeds go to support the joint work of the Davis Phinney Foundation and Parkinson Wellness Project (formerly ParkinGo Wellness Society).

The Growling Beaver Brevet is a social (non-race) ride to celebrate cycling with 200 cyclists riding 40, 100 or 200 km routes through the scenic Beaver Valley at what is normally the height of the fall colours. The day features Beaver Valley and Georgian Bay communities and merchants that continue to support cyclists through the summer season.