Tom Jackson’s Love of Music and People

Canadians Changing The World:

Over the next few months, I will continue to take my blog out to meet people in my community who are taking action to change the world. Like a snail pulling myself off my rock, I am getting out and interacting with the people in the community to get to know them. I am also embarking on an on-line virtual road trip, to recognize Canadians who are finding ways to make our world a better place.

In December 1973, I rode the CP Rail train from Vancouver to Montreal. On the 5,000 kilometre, four day train ride, I had a front row seat to the landscape of my homeland, and along the journey, I enjoyed the dense snow covered forest of The Rocky mountains in Banff and Jasper, and the tall, wind whistled trees that partitioned the forever golden prairies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and stopovers in many of the nation’s capital cities, before I reached my destination of Montreal.

Canadian Train Trip

Experience the temperature, the landscape and the people of Canada

Like a train ride, life is about embracing the journey, wherever the train takes you, and appreciating and engaging with the people you meet or learn about along the way..

Tom Jackson

This week’s extraordinary Canadian is Tom Jackson, recording artist, actor, and humanitarian. Tom combines his artistic skills, his first-hand knowledge of homelessness and drug addiction, with community leadership in his Aboriginal community to inspire others to overcome obstacles and turn their lives around as he has done.

Since 1987, Tom has used his musical talent to raise millions of dollars for food banks with his “Sing For Your Supper Program”, becoming a role model for Canadians who live in poverty. He continues to entertain and perform his music across the country to benefit community organizations, and this month he is the featured artist at The Badlands Tourism Expo in Alberta with keynote speaker Brett Wilson, another extraordinary Canadian, on March 26, 2014.

Watch George Stroumboulopoulos, interviewing Tom Jackson on the video below.

I saw Strombo on stage interviewing Oprah when she came to Vancouver, doing a spontaneous Q & A on stage and impressing both the audience and Oprah herself with the quality of his questions. His latest gig is announcing Hockey Night in Canada when Rogers takes over the broadcast, where he will commit grand larceny of the announcer’s chair with his laser beam skills at connecting with Canadians and their favorite game, hockey. He has spent his career celebrating Canadians, and now he serendipitously brings us together with our game. #GOHABSGO

Tom is appearing at Badlands Tourism expo in Lethbridge Alberta with keynote speaker Brett Wilson,

The Conference is March 25 -27, 2014. You can register online at:

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10 Reasons Why I Should Adopt Justin Bieber

10 Reasons Why I should Adopt Justin Bieber

Time to step back and gain perspective?

1. He needs a family to live with. My husband and I have been married for 31 years and we have three well-adjusted sons close to his age.

2. He will gain some perspective on his life if he lives at our house. He spent his adolescence performing, rehearsing, living out of a suitcase, and making more money than he could handle. By stepping back from the music industry, he will see that people around him don’t recognize he is heading for burnout, as his self-destructive behaviour indicates.

3. Our house rules are simple – have fun without hurting yourself or others, and obey the law. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation, and call a taxi, or walk home, so you don’t injure yourself and others.

4. He can sing and jam in our home recording studio. His three new brothers need a good lead singer for their rock band, and they can do the recording and mix and produce the songs. They can also make electronic dance music for his dance moves. Afterwards, they can have some spaghetti. Eating fast food while on tour makes your body tired.

5. We will remind him to treat people with respect if he forgets.

6. His adoptive dad will lead by example, and won’t confuse him by participating in bad boy behavior with him. You have many friends to party with, but only one dad to guide you.

7. He will be free to go shopping at the local shopping mall, without paparazzi sitting on his car so he can’t leave the parking lot safely.

8. He can get back into playing hockey when he’s living in Canada with his adoptive brothers. He can go with them when they rent the ice, play drop-in hockey, or throw the net in the back of the truck and have a scrimmage on a local frozen pond. One of them is even a goalie! He can have some fun with his peers before he is back working from dawn to dusk on a fifty city tour on five continents.

9. There are lots of good addiction treatment centres nearby us, and TMZ doesn’t have to know which one he signs into.

10. His mom loves him and wants him to be happy.

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Short Order Hockey Gear/Dinner Combo

Hockey stick becomes a guitar whenever a goal is scored

Hockey stick becomes a guitar whenever a goal is scored

When my three sons were born in less than four years, I was thrown out of my selfish orbit into a world where children’s needs ruled. Many new tasks came along with the children, but many joys too, so I rose to the occasion, and juggled opposing tasks with good humor. The reward for opening up my personal world to others is that I felt like part of something larger than myself.

Another change was I gave up striving for perfection. Three perfect beings were born into my life – formed in nature, and beautiful exactly as they were, on loan to me in trust by divinity. How could I expect perfection in my human endeavours that could rival this?

Short Order Hockey Gear/Dinner Combo

It was a feat to complete all the tasks, and some tasks were yin and others were yang. One adverse pairing was preparing dinner and evil smelling hockey gear simultaneously. And, it came with a critical warning:DON’T mix up the two.

With three hockey players in the house, and multiple games per week, the short order hockey gear combo was a regular on the menu; washing and drying the sweaty gear by game time, and making dinner for five. When I only found out about the game an hour before it started, I was thrown into action.

With “The Flight of The Bumblebee” playing in my head, I zigzagged from washing machine to stove while my husband and sons watched computers and tvs. Their offers of help were refused, as hallways and doorways between kitchen and laundry room needed to be clear of obstructions for what was about to go down.

First, I boiled the potatoes, tore down the stairs, and placed the funky smelling hockey gear in the washer with long-armed tongs. Next, I pulled the soaking gear out of the washer – the water from the “water wicking” fabric gear wicks onto my socks, and the agitator cover that came out with the gear was tethered to it by Velcro leg straps. I replaced the part, but had no time or energy to untangle the gear, so I threw the whole clump in the dryer with a mental note to get it out before it melted.

I ran back upstairs in squishy socks to turn off the stove so the spuds didn’t turn into hockey pucks, then back to the dryer to get the jersey out before it was liquefied. The odor of the hockey bags assaulted my olfactory sense as if I was in the locker room at the rink, and I retaliated with a bottle of cinnamon Febreze sprayed fire extinguisher-style on the bags. Once I changed my socks and scrubbed the biohazard off my hands, we sat down to eat; the family oblivious to the aforementioned back stage activities.

You are “momified” if the impossible has been achieved – the food isn’t noticeably burnt, the jerseys are out of the dryer before they melt, and everything smells yummy!
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