Yesterday, as many of you know, Calgary and area was hit with extremely high winds. So high, that it caused power outages, wildfires in several areas east of the city, and caused glass to fall from one of the tall buildings downtown. So now that I have set the stage for the weather conditions yesterday, you will understand how this group of young people, who volunteered for us, in the high winds, were literally heroes.
Seven players from the HEROS program (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) came yesterday to help with our fall clean up. I understand they gave up one of their hockey afternoons to help us rake and bag leaves. It is so awesome seeing this young group, giving back to the community – and they did this, under such extreme, windy and cold conditions. (HEROS is a non-profit organization that utilizes the game of hockey to build skills in the sport itself and build a sense of community in economically challenged areas of cities throughout Canada. “Giving back” is an important part of their growth as they learn about other non-profit organizations through volunteerism. )
Thank you so much to our HEROES! Keep up your enthusiasm and volunteer spirit! (and enjoy your hockey game next week!)