“Somehow or other you need to get yourself in a headspace of living in the moment cause it is the only place to be when you have a terminal illness. Living in the moment is the only place to be as that is where all the good things reside. Your friends, your family, your love, your humour, things you like to do and that is the key.” ~ Pat Mackey
Very wise words from a beautiful woman who shared her beautiful spirit with so many including me.
Today marks the beginning of The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association 2018 Hospice Palliative Care Week. It seemed like a fitting time to share Pat’s story.
I was very blessed to have met Pat when through my volunteer work. Despite the return of her cancer, she continued to give back to the North York General’s patient- and family-centred care initiatives. Pat also decided to share her own story about the return of her cancer, the important role of palliative care all while volunteering for the hospital and committing to enjoying every day. Sadly we lost Pat in 2014 but her legacy lives on through an award created by her family as well as the video she created during the final year of her life: Pat Mackey: Living with a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Pat’s wish was that by sharing her experience, patients and families will know that “palliative care is about finding energy and joy in your day, not focusing on the illness.” Please take the time to watch Pat’s video and share it with others.
Pat was an amazing and inspirational lady. She makes one think about what they want their legacy in this world to be. I am so lucky to have met her and will remember her forever. She was truly making a world of difference.
Introducing the amazing ten Chefs who will be part of our first Junior League of Toronto Chef’s Showcase with Host Christine Cushing on Thursday May 3rd.
Meet Chef John Cirillo
Meet Chef Glenn Kitchen
Meet Chef Forrest Liu
Meet Chef Robert Rainford
Meet Chef Selwyn Richards
Meet Chef Tawfik Shehata
Meet Chef James Smith
Meet Chef Marnie Solomon
Meet Chef Rob Toppan
Meet the Chefs of Yorkshire Pudding
The JLT Chef’s Showcase is an evening culinary event held at George Brown College, in partnership with the College.
The price of admission ($90) allows guests to have an interactive experience by getting up close and personal with chefs as you taste the results of their culinary skills. It is a cocktail format from 6 to 9 pm with wine pairings by Noble Estates Wine and Spirits and features a silent auction of unique food themed items.
The event will also introduce and fund the JLT Culinary Scholarship*, in partnership with the George Brown Foundation, as well as fund other JLT programs and initiatives.
Tickets are available via the Junior League of Toronto.
We hope you will join us!
A year ago today, I was lucky to finally meet Beauty Legend Bobbi Brown. Bobbi is so real, authentic and is owning 60. It was awesome to meet her and hear her speak live. I am a big fan of her beauty philosophy and the brand she founded. I love makeup that makes you look like a more beautiful version of yourself and Bobbi embraced that.
A little food for thought from my evening with Bobbi at Indigo Bay Bloor.
* Balance – our bodies know when we are out of balance.
* Nude is the colour of your lips – this is different for every woman. Sometimes when our makeup is done, all you need is a gloss
* Strong is better than skinny. If there is nothing else, walk. 10K maintenance, 12K to lose weight. We can walk anywhere.
* Instead of whining about what isn’t working, go do something different
* Blush colour – pinch your cheeks to find the perfect shade. Find a multi-use product you can use on your lips and cheeks
* Find what works for YOU
* Be Who You Are
* Be Kind
To learn more Bobbi tips, definitely check out her ninth book Beauty from the Inside Out and visit her brand new website Just Bobbi. Excited to see what is next for Bobbi as she evolves into health and wellness. No doubt she is will continue to make an impact.
Thank you to Cristina Tengalia of CP24 and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel for interviewing me live today about the birth of a new Prince. A dream come true for a lifelong royal lover. I grew up with the Royal Family and I love that the Duchess of Cambridge honoured the beautiful Princess Diana in her outfit choice leaving the Lindo Wing.
The media’s visit was to launch the Royal York Hotel Romance month in celebration of the upcoming Royal Wedding. A little Prince decided to be part of the celebration. If you live or are visiting in Toronto, definitely drop into the Royal York to savour the new English Garden. If you are looking to view the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms, Meghan Markle in style and without a trip across the pond, you may wish to plan a visit to the Royal York for their Duke and Duchess for the Day or one of their other Royal York Hotel Romance stays.
For me personally, I cannot wait for the Royal Wedding and watching what is ahead for the Royal family and the impact they will continue to make on our world. ❤️
Incredibly sad news about the loss of Former First Lady and fellow Junior League member Barbara Bush. A strong and classy lady who leaves behind a wonderful legacy including giving back to literacy and the community.
“At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not wining one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.” – Barbara Bush
I am absolutely positive Mrs. Bush had no regrets.
Happiness is finally meeting Murphy – Wellness Partner and Therapy Dog in Training at North York General Hospital. Spending ten minutes with Murphy brought joy to my entire day. Follow Murphy on his journey on Instagram at @murphy_pawsforyourhealth. I can’t wait to visit him again!
Happy National Volunteer Week to all my fellow volunteers who contribute to making our communities and the world a better place. ❤️