Go Canada Go!

WOW! We returned from the Olympics last week and had the most AMAZING time. We managed to pack a lot of excitement into the few days we were there! The experience of simply being at the centre of all the Olympic activity was truly overwhelming. We were fortunate to meet many people from all over the world, and couldn’t help but get completely swept up in Canadian pride!

It’s hard to pick out highlights from our trip since the whole thing was so much fun, but I know we all thoroughly enjoyed attending a medal ceremony one night at BC place!  Watching Maelle Ricker accept the gold medal for Snowboard Cross, and hearing the Canadian anthem being sung by everyone in the building was an emotional moment for us all!  And as if that wasn’t enough excitement… following the medal ceremony we found ourselves on the floor just metres away from Alberta’s own Paul Brandt as he performed his hit songs for the crowd. What an experience!

This was a truly magical trip, and we are all so grateful to have been granted the opportunity to go! The only thing that could possibly top it is the STAMPEDE! Only 131 days away…



A Worldly Atmosphere

We have just returned home from our trip to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. I have one word to describe our experience…..UNFORGETTABLE!!!! In three days we had the opportunity to visit the Canada Pavilion, enjoy Alberta beef at the Alberta House, ride the Travel Alberta train, tour Olympic Village in Whistler, attend the Medal Ceremonies in B.C. Place and wander around downtown Vancouver to soak up the exhilarating atmosphere. The trip flew by but it left us with many amazing memories.

Besides riding the Alberta Train, which I think was a highlight for all of us girls, my favorite part of the experience was the feeling of pride that filled Vancouver. We were in the Canada Pavilion when Maelle Ricker won Canada’s second gold medal and the place erupted with cheering and excitement. Everywhere we went people were chanting “Go Canada Go” and wearing our national colors with pride. Robson Square was alive with enthusiasm at all hours. It was like being back on the Red Mile when the Flames were in the Stanley Cup Finals, this time on a world scale. People from all over the world have come to celebrate their athletes and Vancouver gave them a thrilling welcome.

Our trip to the Olympics is now the highlight of my year so far. Thanks Vancouver.

Congratulations to all of our talented athletes, we are so proud of you.

Reach for the stars!


An Unreal Experience With Glowing Hearts

Our Plane left Calgary Tuesday morning and dropped us in Vancouver and none of us realized our lives were about to change. The 2010 Winter Olympics, who would have thought that I would be seeing up close the excitement of the games. Wednesday was dedicated to Alberta and coined “Alberta Day”. Up at 4 a.m. Savahanne, Katie, Janelle and I found ourselves aboard the Alberta Train, departing at 6:15 a.m. for Whistler. The train which is the Rocky Mountaineer, was taken over by Travel Alberta for the Olympics. Aboard the train we had the privilege of meeting and visiting with many new people and media from around the world. After chatting we were escorted downstairs to the dining car, where we enjoyed an amazing breakfast. We were fast approaching Whistler, but are train trip was not complete without a little country music up close and personal. Aaron Lines, one of Canada’s best loved country music stars was aboard the train and performed a small intimate concert for us. The concert was a definite highlight of the trip.

Whistler was finally upon us and we spent the day walking around the village meeting Olympic fans from all over the world and spreading some western Canadian flare. We had a lot of photo opportunities with so many great people. Did I mention the sun came out for us? It turned out to be a beautiful day. To complete our trip, we had the luxury of heading back to Vancouver on the train. A big thanks goes out to the Alberta train team and Travel Alberta for making our trip to Whistler absolutely amazing. Thank you!!

All Aboard the Alberta Train, Yahoo!!!

Until next time, dream big and anything is possible


Off to Vancouver!

Olympic Spirit

The wait is finally over and we are heading to Vancouver tomorrow morning! The world has gathered on Canada’s West coast to celebrate our elite athletes and I am looking forward to being at the heart of the excitement. The next three days will be packed with events  and I am ready to hit the streets of Vancouver with my umbrella in hand. Wednesday is Alberta Day and we will be aboard the Travel Alberta train to Whistler spreading some western hospitality. I know this will be a trip that I will remember forever.

Congratulations to Alexandre Bilodeau on Canada’s first gold medal on home soil!!! Go Canada Go!!!



What’s Happening at Stampede Park, February 8-14, 2010

By Killa Burkinshaw

It’s another exciting week down on Stampede Park.  Calgary Landscapers & Contractors Expo and Prime Dragon Productions are just two of the events highlighting the next seven days at Stampede Park.  Interested in what else is going on this week?

That’s about it for this week. Tune into the Stampede Blog next week for more on what’s going on Here.  All Year. Or follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede and @HereAllYear, or on Facebook through our official fan page!

Finally, enjoy the upcoming holidays as both Valentines Day and Family Day are approaching!

The countdown is on!

This week has certainly been a lot quieter than the last couple for us! This means however that I have some time to catch up on all my school work… good thing I have understanding professors! Last week we attended the YYC4Haiti event at Flames Central, which raised $70 000 for relief efforts. Thank you so much to everyone that organized the event, and to all those that came out to support it!

We have been so excited for the past few months about our trip to the Olympics, it’s hard to believe that it’s only 11 days away! We can’t wait to get out there to represent Calgary, and to cheer on our Canadian athletes. And since we’re counting down days… I should probably mention that there is only 153 until the greatest outdoor show on earth kicks off! Hope everyone is practicing their YAHOO’s!

Until next time,


What’s Happening at Stampede Park, February 1-7, 2010.

By Killa Burkinshaw

It’s another exciting week down on Stampede Park. The AKC All Breed Dog Show and the Calgary Boat and Sportsman Show are just two of the events highlighting the next seven days at Stampede Park. Interested in what else is going on this week?

* Calgary Boat and Sportsman Show February 4-7, 2010. BMO Centre, Southern Alberta’s biggest boat and outdoor show.
* The AKC All Breed Dog Show Bring the family and come see the dogs play at the dog show! More than 800 canines and their human companions will be competing over three days in a variety of dog sports; obedience, rally o, and the illustrious “Best in Show”. There are plenty of places to shop for anything dog related! Big 4 Building. February 5 – 7.
* The NHL’s Calgary Flames play twice this week. On Monday, February 1, the Philadelphia Flyers come flying into the Saddledome at 7.30 pm, followed by the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, February 3, at 7.00pm. Tickets for both games are available through Ticketmaster.
* You can also catch the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen when the Medicine Hat Tigers come for a re-match. Tickets for the game can be found on Ticketmaster. February 6 at 7.00pm
* The NLL’S Calgary Roughnecks also play once this week, in a re-match of last Saturday’s Game against Edmonton’s Rush. Tickets are available though Ticketmaster February 12 at 7.00pm.

That’s about it for this week. Tune into the Stampede Blog next week for more on what’s going on Here. All Year. Or follow us on Twitter at @calgarystampede and @HereAllYear, or on Facebook through our official fan page!

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone that made it out to YYC4HAITI! There are many ways to help those in need in Haiti and though we mentioned just one, a big thank you to everyone that have made an effort to help those in need. Well done Calgary!

Western Hospitality

Foam cowboys hats, white stetsons, cowboys, two stepping competitions, Paul Brandt, bull or the cowboy games, harry the horse, stampede royalty and the Calgary Flames. Yes that is right all this went down at the Calgary Flames western night at the saddledome when the flames took on the Edmonton Oilers. Sahvanne, Katie, Janelle and I had the privilege to bring a bit of western hospitality to the fans of the Calgary Flames. We walked the concourse, cheered on some fans as they competed in a game where they had to watch a rodeo clip of a bull rider and before it was over choose who they thought won the round, the bull or the cowboy. During the first intermission we found ourselves on ice cheering on some more flames fans as they competed with some cowboys in a two-stepping competition. With a 6 -1 victory by the flames us girls were ready to pack it in for the evening, but not without running into Paul Brandt who had performed during the second intermission.

Until next time, dream big and live proud