My personal story with the ballet began just before the world went topsy turvy. I came back from Banff after two years out west for an opportunity to work with one of the world's finest ballet companies. Two months to the day after I began my journey, it all came to an abrupt halt.
The first several months of the pandemic felt incredibly uncertain. A lot of friends and colleagues were out of work, struggling to navigate the various support programs and to make ends meet. Struggling to figure out whether they could survive long enough to return to careers when live entertainment would once again be possible, or whether to move on in search of other opportunities. I am incredibly grateful to the National Ballet for its commitment to it's staff, and the efforts it undertook to ensure that its dancers, musicians, technicians and administrators weren't left out in the cold.
And through it all, we continued to strive to make art and to engage with the community. I'm proud to be able to do this small thing to give back.
I am in for "The Whole Shebang" having already run as of October 21st a 5k (my second fastest ever) 10k (PB!) and Half Marathon (my third fastest ever). On October 31st I will be running the full width of Toronto along the lakeshore. 55km in total, my first ever Ultramarathon distance. I'll post the time for the first 42.2km here as a race result, but am hoping to raise $550 before the end of the month in honour of my new, longest run ever.
|Donation date||Donor name||Donation amount|
|Nov 02||Barney Bayliss||$110.00|
|Nov 01||Mike Ledermueller||Undisclosed amount|
|Oct 31||William Fallon||$55.00|
|Oct 31||Kevin Keystone||Undisclosed amount|
|Oct 30||Kathryn Keystone||Undisclosed amount|
|Oct 28||John and Tracy||$110.00|
|Oct 26||Adm. Uncle Dave Keystone||Undisclosed amount|
|Oct 26||Donna and Steve||$110.00|
|Oct 25||Eaton S Carol||$110.00|