Challenge Four: Get Connected

Growing up on the outskirts of a small town, the importance of home security was never really instilled in me as a kid. As far back as I can remember our home’s front door was kept unlocked. In fact, for most of my childhood I wasn’t even aware the door had a lock on it.… Read More

Challenge Three: Go Wild

The Japanese have a wonderful expression for spending time in the woods: Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Widely practiced in Japan, forest bathing involves visiting a forest expressly for its health benefits. Advocates of Shinrin-yoku claim that breathing in the volatile organic compounds produced from trees, called phytoncides or wood essential oils, helps to promote relaxation… Read More

Challenge Two: Be Kind

How can you help strengthen the social fabric of your community? The drive-through lane of a Tim Hortons might not be the first thought that comes to mind when considering this question. In many ways, the drive-through culture prevalent in North America is the very symbol of a hurried, disconnected society. Yet, on a December… Read More