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Productive Through the Winter

Every winter we are reminded of how the most vulnerable in our community struggle through this difficult time of year.  The weather alone presents its challenges but also gives meaning to all those who volunteer their time in Niagara to really step up to the plate and lend a helping hand. As British poet Edith […]

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Gennext Classic! Sat Oct 1, 1-4pm, 321 Oakdale Av, St. Catharines

The annual gennext Classic is back! What?  Disc Golf! When?? Saturday October 1st, 1-4pm Where?!?! 321 Oakdale Avenue St. Catharines $5 with your own disc or $10 to purchase a gennext Classic disc The 2nd Annual gennext Disc Golf Classic is here! Come out for a fun afternoon of Disc Golf at Cenntenial Gardens in […]

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Volunteering with the Youth of Niagara

With the short winter and hot summer that Niagara has experienced thus far, it gives more meaning for not just the gennext team, but for all those involved in Niagara, to show their community involvement while enjoying the weather Niagara has to offer. “All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer – one of those summers […]

Keeping the Rankin Cancer Run Spirit Alive

The Rankin Cancer Run is one of my favourite annual community events in Niagara. Thank you to Mary Ann Edwards, her team of organizers and the countless volunteers for making it bigger and better each year.  Over 13,000 runners and walkers participated this year, raising a record $1,000,000! And every dollar stays in Niagara. I […]

Keep Moving Forward

Never give up and keep going. One of my favorite quotes in life came from Sylvester Stallone’s movie character Rocky Balboa. “It’s not how hard you hit but how how hard you get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.” It’s the good and successful moments in life […]

Hack O’Jack #5

Lights are up, tables are out, tarps are down, kits, stencils and knifes are in hand.  You can smell the hot chocolate and see the cupcakes, snacks, along with the pumpkins. The garbage bags are scattered ready to be filled and the 50 plus kids waiting eagerly to come in. What is all this for? […]

Love Where You Live

Gennext blog For those of you who were fortunate enough to see Jerry Seinfeld live at the Meridian Centre this summer would probably agree with me when I say that it was one of the best, most hilarious, comedy shows I have ever seen! The crowd roared with laughter when Seinfeld sarcastically joked about “always […]


Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. I have been a committed volunteer since I was a teenager. It began as a way to learn about potential careers and gain some hands on experience, not so much about altruism. After my first of three international volunteer trips in University, that […]

The Little Things Can Go A Long Way

Towards the end of summer last year I was looking for some way to be more involved in the community and build on my volunteer experience. I wanted to try something new, meet people, build new relationships and help as much as I can.  At the time a fellow coworker and friend of mine (Darryl) […]

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