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Blogathon 2009 – We (Heart) West End

July 25th, 2009 @ 3:00pm (PT) by Guest Author

Post #19 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The following is a guest post, contributed by Terra of Mommy is Moody.

If you were to ask me, the only way I’d move from our home in the West End would be if an amazing opportunity to live in Southern California or Europe came along.

True be told, we make sacrifices to live where we do: my daughter and I share a very small 400 square-foot apartment, a queen-sized bed that barely fits in the bedroom and a tiny closet. We pay the least expensive rent possible and refuse to move to a less expensive neighbourhood for a simple reason: The West End has everything we need, and every lesson I’d want her to learn is right outside our door.

Blogathon 2009 – JenTekk

July 25th, 2009 @ 2:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #18 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

For this year’s campaign, I offered to write a blog post for companies that placed a donation to my campaign. Immediately after hearing about this offer, Jeanette Duguay pledged her support. As a result, here’s a bit more about her work:

Jeanette has been designing/developing websites since 2001, specializing in open source customized content management solutions. Currently they use Joomla, WordPress, BuddyPress, phpBB, and soon will be offering Anahita Social Engineâ„¢. She has also had opportunity to birth 2 online Social Communities:

Tazzu – Co-Founder 2007, Director of Communications

Cafe Yogi – Owner/Founder 2009

Thanks to individuals and companies like Jeanette and JenTekk, I’m that much closer to achieving my goal for Blogathon this year.

Post #18 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Blogathon 2009 – SeaBus

July 25th, 2009 @ 2:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #17 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

All morning I’ve been watching the SeaBus come and go from the harbour right in front of me so I thought it warranted its own Blogathon post.

Canada Line Preview Tour Dave's Creation in the Works

Many think that the SeaBus began operation in 1985-86 when our faithful Skytrain lines opened up. However, the passenger-only ferry crossing from downtown to the North Shore has been wave-hopping since 1977.

As my friend Dave says, it’s the “$3.75 Harbour Cruise”. The quick trip isn’t the most luxurious but the scenery is just gorgeous (and it sure beats sitting in traffic for hours to cross one of the bridges).

Post #17 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Blogathon 2009 – Dairy Queen Lunch Arrives

July 25th, 2009 @ 1:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #16 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Lunchtime here at Blogathon Vancouver. Dairy Queen was kind enough to bring some burgers, wraps, salads, onion rings, fries, sundaes and Blizzards. Most of these items are a part of DQ’s Sweet Deals menu.

Dairy Queen sponsored lunch at Blogathon Dairy Queen sponsored lunch at Blogathon

Dairy Queen sponsored lunch at Blogathon

It’s a ton of food but the group here has certainly worked up an appetite as we near the half way point for Blogathon.

Blogathon 2009 – John Biehler Donates Prize

July 25th, 2009 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #15 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

We’ve had a few visitors stop by Workspace already and one of them was John Biehler. He’s kindly donated a $25 gift certificate for the Kingston Taphouse & Grille. To enter, simply donate any amount you like to my campaign and I’ll draw a winner once Blogathon wraps up.

Blogathon 2009 – Keira-Anne

July 25th, 2009 @ 12:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #14 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Keira-Anne is stopping by today to offer some support for those doing Blogathon here at Workspace. Over the years she has become one of my closest and dearest friends, whom I can count on and trust wholeheartedly.


Photo credit: Duane on Flickr

We’ve enjoyed many adventures together, from simple days of sun and sand at the local beach, to snowboarding and kayaking getaways on her beloved Vancouver Island.


Photo credit: Keira-Anne on Flickr

Our biggest adventure is yet to come however, as in the spring of 2010 I’ll be accompanying Keira to New York so she can meet the city she’s had in her dreams for years.

Keira is also currently raising funds for the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk that is taking place at the end of summer. She’ll also have a guest post up on my site (because she’s pretty sweet like that) and if you can believe it, this is the third year in a row she’s contributed a post for my Blogathon.

Post #14 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Blogathon 2009 – Chill on the Hill

July 25th, 2009 @ 12:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #13 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

chillonthehillI recently wrote about the NESTEA Chill on the Hill event in a Link Fest and it’s happening today up in Whistler.

Chill on the Hill will host concerts, a railslide & quarter pipe stunt park (with carted in snow), beach volleyball (with carted in sand) and an interactiviTEA bar with wifi.

You can follow @ChillontheHill on Twitter or better yet, our friends Gus, Russ and Tanya will be in attendance. Check out their blogs for updates and photos from the event this weekend.

Blogathon 2009 – Duane Storey

July 25th, 2009 @ 11:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #12 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

For the next few hours I will be profiling bloggers who have joined me here at Workspace for the Blogathon Vancouver on-site event. Blogathon is taking place around the world but it’s a pleasure to have organized something that can unite locals each running their own campaign.

A Boy and His Lake

Duane Storey is taking part in his second Blogathon this year and I have the chance to hang out with him during our campaigns. Since moving back to his hometown of Chilliwack, BC he’s rekindled his passion for the outdoors, hanging out with his awesome niece and nephew, and perhaps even some cow-tipping (that’s what they do out there, right?) I jest. Duane is one of our best friends and he’ll be writing to support the BC Childrens Hospital on his own site as well as on his hyper-local In the Wack blog.

Post #12 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.