500,000+ people eating & living better, thanks to Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney

Bruce Sweeney, Founder, Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney started Simply For Life (SFL) in a personal quest for optimal health based on a family history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bruce’s personal heart condition motivated him to seek options other than surgery and medications. He began researching alternative ways to stay healthy and became inspired by using exercise and the power of food and nutrition. He also knew there was no magic pill. Read the rest of this entry »


Clayton Arthur Jackson [October 27, 1971 – December 4, 2016]

Clayton Arthur Jackson

Clayton Arthur Jackson

My last communication with Clay was the following back and forth (Clay had been looking at my Facebook profile which is a picture of my son):

Clay: Your kid is way better looking than you are.

Me: Ha ha – very true. How have you been?

Clay: Still short and sexy.

It was classic Clayton Jackson. The guy I met in grade 4 who became one of my closest friends. I realize you shouldn’t live with regrets, but had I known this was the last time we’d be communicating I would have told him: Read the rest of this entry »


How to become more professional, more promotable

Jim Kokocki

Jim Kokocki, past President of Toastmasters, International

As the President for Toastmasters International, an organization that has 16,000 clubs in 142 countries, 345,000 active members and over 5 million people who have been through their program, Saint John’s own Jim Kokocki was living a dream as he embarked on a whirlwind tour travelling the world visiting Toastmasters conferences and companies interested in bringing Toastmasters in-house. Read the rest of this entry »


If you build it, they will come

Scott VanWart

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott VanWart has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. Photo: Colin McPhail

The social dividend of Saint John’s pro basketball team valued by group

Keeping minor pro basketball alive and well in Saint John is a big job. Luckily, a group of 21 passionate and dedicated residents have stepped up, with Scott VanWart as volunteer leader, to ensure the community has great pro basketball and role models in their midst.

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. I started our conversation by asking Scott about the origins of the team and the new ownership structure.

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Surprise! Leading through change…

Yes. It's a girl!

Yes. It’s a girl!

You know that great feeling when your kids are well out of diapers, gaining more independence every day, and you are functioning well as a family – schedules are set, roles are established and you’re enjoying that next stage in your life?

I was exactly there this year. My kids, a 10 and 6 year old, were thriving at the same school where my wife, their mom, is a teacher. We had a great rhythm in our lives – we’d sorted out our systems.

 

Then we had a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »