Heart Warrior

A fighter from the moment I was born until today. The journey began at 7 months of age- barely surviving and living. Can you imagine me being a blue baby? Seeing a precious baby in hand, you only wish for good health and lots of love. So imagine my parent’s surprise- knowing their precious daughter was born with a congenital heart condition known as Tetrology of Fallot. Tetrology of Fallot can easily be defined as a hole in the heart. Luckily, I am from Toronto, where I received the best medical care from the Hospital for Sick Kids. Known as my 2nd home, since I spent my early years fighting for the courage to live. To hold onto every ounce of my being. 

My name is Rina and I was born in the early 80s in Toronto. The place I like to call my forever home. My earliest childhood memories were being a kid and playing with my friends in school. It’s like I experience amnesia and everything was wipes out when I was a baby. The stories my mother told me of how she was there for me around the clock during my time in the hospital.


Wow, if I could count the number of times I had a surgical procedure done, I probably would lose counts.

  • 7 months old- Shunt
  • 2 years of age- open heart surgery- 8 hours.
  • 2 years of age- another surgery to help fix my rib-cage. After the opened heart surgery, since my rib-cage was tightly closed
  • 15 years of age – Implanted Defibrillator
  • 25 years of age – replacement of the defibrillator- minor surgery
  • 33 years of age- opened heart surgery- to replace the valve.


As a heart warrior hero- I felt it was my duty to help raise awareness for the heart. A place I like to call the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As a student at Algonquin College in 2008, I used to do my internship at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My proud moment of working with this charity was not only to raise funds but to also to share my personal experience. February is heart month, and I helped create 2 events for the organization which happens to be a smashing success.

My current status

Seeing how my life turned out today, I never thought I would be lucky to be alive. Being married, working, and traveling, is not something I thought I would reach. At birth, I was known as the lucky ones. If I didn’t have my heart repaired, I wouldn’t have survived my childhood years. Every moment on earth is precious and I am very grateful to be alive. Years to come, I just keep my head held high and enjoy what life has to offer.

Do you have a heartwarming story that you would like to share?

Why Your Organization Needs a Professional Translator

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As a professional translator, I can attest that most companies that wish to become global or international should absolutely acquire the services of a professional translator.  Most industries benefit from relying on the services of a professional translator.  Many sectors such as information technologies (IT), legal, political, tourism, hospitality, healthcare, real estate, finance, accounting, scientific research, analysis as well as manufacturing benefit greatly from being able to do business in many different languages allowing for expansion opportunities.

Many industries are not taking translation seriously and underestimate the role of the translator.  These same industries are often the ones that are using translation software and apps to translate their content, correspondence, websites and so on.  These industries do not realize the impact a bad or wrong translation can have on their performance, image and most importantly, their credibility.

The choice of a professional translator is important.  The most important skill that a translator should have is certainly the will to understand and to research the content that needs to be translated.  Also, the target language must be familiar, most specifically the targeted region where the translation will be used, which is often referred to as localization.  Because someone is bilingual and has worked many years in the same field does not necessarily mean this person qualifies as a professional translator who is specialized in one specific field. 

Just like an investigator, a translator must, most of all, be a very good researcher to ensure the translation reflects the essence and the tone and not only the words of the message.  Having complementary skills and experience such as administrator, project manager, different studies and working experiences in bilingual environments will ensure the translation project will be uniform from start to finish.  Each translator has its own preferred expressions and writing style.

A business owner once told me he preferred hiring people with English as a second language because their written English was impeccable since they had to learn it, while anglophones were taking the language for granted.  He, himself, was Polish and English was his second language.

We should all know by now that getting a translation from the Internet, a translation software or an app or to hire bilingual employees to help the organization with their translation needs are not appropriate, adequate or professional solutions.  Now that communication is at its peak through so many social media platforms, why not require the services of a professional translator.  Will you?           


Shah, Ankur.  (July 22, 2019).  8 sectors that may benefit from translation services more than others.  Retrieved from https://www.valuewalk.com/2019/07/8-sectors-benefit-translation-services/

Morel, Rafael.  (May 27, 2016).  5 Benefits of Incorporating Translation Services Into Your Business. Retrieved from https://lighthouseonline.com/blog-en/5-benefits-of-incorporating-translation-services-into-your-business/

COM0012- Wintours Way!

Anna Wintour is one of the top most respected women in the fashion industry. As the Vogue editor, with her distinct short hair and wide glasses, what Wintour says, people follow.

In a recent article called ‘Love your clothes and pass them on, says Vogue supremo Wintour’ by Michele Kambas (Posted: Nov 28, 2019, CBC News), it is explained that Wintour is noticing a fault in the fashion industry. More businesses are throwing away ‘damaged’ clothing. With things as little as makeup marks, or a loose button. These clothing items worth thousands of dollars are put in to bins to get cut up and thrown in the trash. With no chance of an after life on the shelf, these close to perfect clothing items have a long life cut short. Literally.

“I think for all of us it means an attention more on craft, on creativity, and less on the idea of clothes that are instantly disposable, things that you will throw away just after one reading,”

Anna Wintour

As there used to be a high stigma against previously ‘loved’ clothing, and purchasing items from stores like Value Village, that is quickly fading. From personal experience, when my friends and I need clothing for costumes, festivals, or everyday life, buying reused clothing is an easy and affordable option. People are forgetting that re-wearing clothing, or buying reused clothing is not only not noticeable to anyone, but is a much more appreciated/respected story to tell.

Much like the roles reversing, when we are getting rid of our clothes, donating them to shelters, Salvation Army, and organizations that can bring these clothes to people in need. It is better for the people taking them, and is not waste for the planet.

I think it is a major benefit to the fashion community, and entire world that Wintour has taken the initiative to step up and speak out what we have all been thinking.

Enough with wasting perfectly good clothing because of small marks. It is time to start resourcing new use for them. Donating, reusing fabric for new merchandise, and becoming more environmentally and economically friendly with our used clothing.

Party time!

As I get older, it is easier to find more reason to host a party. Now, I am not talking your cheesy house party you throw when your parents are on vacation… I mean the kind of party MTV would air on an episode of ‘My Super Sweet Sixteen‘. As an avid party planner, the joys of deciding on a theme, organization, decoration and execution are always on my mind when a special event is brought up. Whether it be a birthday, holiday season, or an achievement. If the interest for a party is there, my creative brain is rolling through ideas.

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First thing I recommend is to pick a theme! (And yes, there should always be a theme). Whether it be Tiki on a birthday, or Gatsby on New Years Eve; having a theme gets guests excited to attend. This also helps with future planning for decorations and organization. This way, creating photo walls, picking music, and allowing guests to dress accordingly will be more fun and a more unique event!

After your theme has been chosen, it is now officially party planning time! After you make a list of the guests, you can start working on your invitation! It is easiest to make it online, or create one from scratch to take a photo of, and send it out! With the theme in mind, Pinterest is full of ideas for all themed party ideas, including the invitation!

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Like the invitations above, making sure all the information is clear. Time, day, location, and any tips for the guests upon arrival! Using bold fonts, colour to fit the theme, and stickers! This will keep the theme in everyones mind, and help remind people of the details for the party! (Using Avery for invitation creation is the most efficient!)

We have our theme and the invitation has been sent out! It is now time to pick a location! Keeping in mind the weather, amount of guests, and activities you will be doing! If it is a sunny day, try hosting a backyard BBQ! Picking a location before decoration shopping is very important because it will help with where you will hang certain items, and where to put food and tables! Again, using Pinterest is an easy way to find ideas to fit your theme.

To find the basics supplies like streamers, poster paper, paint, etc. I like to look in WalMart and the Dollar Store. Cheaper prices, with just as good product. For the ‘real deal’ products, specifically theme based, I go to Party City. At Party City they have every colour imaginable. Any theme you are thinking, they will have costumes, cups, plates, napkins, piñata’s, etc! The price is higher than other stores, but you get exactly what you’re looking for! A good example from a Tiki party I hosted; many people upon arriving aren’t sure how ‘all out’ others will be, so they dress down. At my Tiki party, I made sure there were enough lei’s for everyone. That way, they felt included in the theme, without having to wear anything specific.

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Based on your guests and the time of the party, make a grocery list! No one will be expecting a buffet, but having party favourites like chips & dip, veggie/fruit trays, and candy will be an added bonus. It is always a hit, no matter how simple it may be. I recommend using nice trays that go along with your party theme, to add to the experience. Picking paper plates and napkins that fit in, and choosing a quick & easy cocktail to make for your guests to try. I like to put mine in an infuser drink dispenser. Picking a simple drink with few ingredients will be completely unexpected but will make guests feel welcomed and excited to attend future events.

Lastly, it is music time! This is something people will often look past or forget, but for themed parties it is such a bonus add-on that brings the mood up! Having a party specific playlist with crowd hits, and theme fitting songs is easy, quick, and you can do this during down time. Remembering, not to make it too obscure. People still want to hear their favourite hit songs. Simply googling songs to help you, and making a repetitive playlist on your music app!

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It is officially party set up time! Everything has been purchased, and you are ready for decorating! I hope my party planning tips help you for your next exciting event! Good luck! Were these tips helpful for an event you’re planning? I would also love to hear more tips that you have for my own future planning!

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Something About Me

My name is Junzhuo Li. Four years ago, I moved from Beijing to New York State and spent my college time at the State University of New York. This summer, I moved to Toronto to start my first job after graduation. In fact, I used to study Finance at college, but when I started a new job, I found that social media is very powerful, so I come to this course and hope to learn something new.

I love animals, I have one yellow Labrador Retriever and one cat . They have spent a lot of hard and happy times with me, I love them so much.

For The Love Of Home Décor

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Home decorating has always been a love and passion of mine ever since I can remember. I have an eye for re-creating and re-vamping blank spaces into something beautiful, authentic and homey, all while staying under a realistic and affordable budget. My appetite for design definitely stems from my mother, who use to countlessly play HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Joanna and Chip Gaines over and over again, talking about how she would re-do a space, or make it her own, and that is where my love for home décor began. Not only is decorating fun, exciting and challenging at times, it is also a creative outlet and expression of who I am, and what my overall taste, vibe and feel is. Now that you have a feel and understanding as to what my blog entails, an introduction is most definitely in order.

For those of you who are new to my blog, my name is Kira Alexandra; I prefer to go by the name Kay which is what my friends and family call me. I am 29 years of age, and live with my boyfriend Brenden, and our two beautiful dogs, Finley and Rosie, in Uxbridge Ontario. Currently, I work from home managing an Instagram page and the communicative aspect of my families’ upcoming rental vacation property in Exuma, Bahamas, as well as am in school for my social media certificate, and finishing my Bachelor’s Degree at Ryerson University for Child and Youth Care. I like to take on more than I can handle at times because I thrive off of pressure and deadlines. I have a passion for home décor, as I’m sure you already know from this blog, animals, and writing. I am an open book, so feel free to ask any questions that you may have, and I will be happy to answer them in the comments section.

This photo is me and my two pups, Finley and Rosie

Now, back to the importance of my blog, For The Love Of Home Décor. This blog is a reflection of who I am, my passion for home décor and design, and my love and inspiration for all things home décor. I find myself constantly re-arranging spaces in my home in my head, and how I can change up what I already have in the space to make it different, as it draws out my creative side, and allows me to be inventive and artistic. 

Home Décor is an avenue I hope to explore further as I finish up my schooling, as I would eventually like to make a career out of this. I would love to know if any of you have a passion for home décor like myself, and what your favourite styles are. Be sure to comment in the comments section and subscribe to my blog if you would like to read more! 

My Community, My Health

Inspiring change and sharing ideas to make places healthier to live, work and play in KFL&A

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Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is a key part of the health system.  Our goal is to promote and protect the health of the more than 190,000 residents of the KFL&A area. Public Health staff (i.e., doctors, nurses, health inspectors, dietitians, and many more) work in a variety of places from schools, workplaces to immunization clinics; with families and newborns to support their needs; they inspect restaurants, swimming pools, tattoo shops, hair and nail salons, and spas. In addition, staff work along side politicians and decision makers to create bylaws and policies that lead to healthier communities.

My Community, My Health will capture honest, unbiased, and science-based advice from staff at KFL&A Public Health. Their stories will appeal to KFL&A residents of various ages and stages of life, educators, employers, municipal leaders, and many more that want to learn about the latest news in public health to inspire change and sharing of ideas to make healthier communities that give everyone the opportunity to thrive and live life to the fullest. 

Stories will feature information on healthy communities that have been planned and built well to support the physical, mental and social health of its residents. Some health topics will include: access to healthy foods (e.g., community gardens, food policy); physical activity and safe places to commute by walking and cycling; preventing injuries and promoting public safety; sun safety and access to shade; and environmental health (e.g., clean water, fluoridated community water supply, etc.).

Please subscribe to learn more about public health and healthy communities in KFL&A. We hope you enjoy My Community, My Health blog. For more information on any of the blog topics, visit the agency’s website at kflaph.ca.

I need a backyard fence – where do I start?

  • What is the main purpose of the fence?
  • Is it for your children?
  • Is it for protection, privacy, beauty?
  • How long do you plan on living where you are now?
  • Is it for a swimming pool or hot tub?
  • Do you simply want to keep your dog in the yard?
  • Is it simply to define a boundary between you and your neighbours?
  • Does my neighbourhood have by-law restrictions?

These are only a few of the many questions you may have before making a final decision.


In a time where fencing material comes in several forms, sizes and price points, there are bound to be questions about it. Frequently asked questions about fences, fencing material and the processes involved in the fence design and construction are answered here by the experts at Ideal Fence. PVC/Vinyl, wood, iron, chain link fencing, what to consider, how to hire a professional at Ideal Fence.

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Dark Brown PVC w/topper

aluminum fence - commercial gate

Elegant residential gate

aluminum fence - cedar (8)

Cedar horizontal boards

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring different blogging techniques in an effort to improve the brand of our fence installation company. I’ll be including pictures of product, buying tips, pitfalls to avoid, and other information related to the industry of residential fencing. I look forward to receiving feedback and answering questions.

They’re at the P.O.S.T., They’re Off; The Horse Race of Social Media Strategy

Horse running down track ridden by jockey. On left arm of jockey is the thumb up Facebook symbol. The jockey is wearing a white outfit with a green helmet.

Its Facebook by a nose!

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Password is: DASMSCOM0012


Get On The Saddle

The imperative for success demands an alliterative handle of patience and persistence. This blog lends its support to the interactive nature of comments and observation, as well as input and continual updates from this site. Therein lies the participation and questions from the well experienced to the green tinted novice. Its never too late to take brilliant advice, nor to pour over the basics for a reiteration of the wisdom that may have escaped our minds. Giddy-up Social Media is there to help.

It is a horse race. Its about practice and breaking old habits, then using newer ideas being all aware of any imminent changes. Just don’t use the whip. It is a strategy of input and support used to garner this brand to use the essential ingredient through recurrent accomplishment named encouragement. Here we will encourage pride and achievement to dwarf ego and boast. Support those frustrated and curate individual solutions.  Easier said than done? Giddy up!


Brownh horse with white patch on forehead in pen in a stable. Horse is looking straight at camera with head over a rail.

Can I help you?













Stable Personalities

Let us introduce the our comments arena otherwise known as the stable. The generous nature of our commenters shall not go unread. We shall corral them into communities and utilize their nature, categorically, which shall go beyond the communities established in more traditional websites and blogs. Giddy-up creates a relationship between a problem, the answer, and the contributor. Dedicated contributors are approached often to ask to volunteer for online workshops and as forum moderators at Giddy-up and help us in the stable. Well, not using brooms nor shovels. More to help us smooth the race track for others, and look for newer trends, we call hay.

Two large hay bales appear on hay cut field. Smaller bales appear randomly. The bales appear as a typical straw colour of yellowish, brownish hue. Blue sky in background littered with grey and white cloud cover.

Rolling Along.




Making Hay

A major task assigned to those participating in social media realms is to keep an eye on newer methods, innovative brands and progressive social media strategy to maintain our lead on the learning curve. Here we make hay to stay ahead and innovate where possible. Continuing assessment of our analytics is crucial to existing strategy and optimum effectiveness yet any tweak or newer product may fill that niche we require.

The Making Hay category will, of course, be a primary section of our subscription newsletter. The call to action to integrate the nuances researched, found or discovered will be foremost for our community to test and reflect their respective use. Social media are always endeavouring to upgrade the use and application of what already exists. Examples of video length has gone a long way to assist clients and users disseminate information, and allows spectators and views to better “chunk” the materials available in the learning process. I may prefer to pitch “bales” (sic) of related information to facilitate the education of others.

white horse with braided mane and red bow next to its ear ties to reign. Floral arrangement appears on horse's back just ahead of saddle. Campanion horse appears next to horse. Some people in background. Snow appears to be falling.

Thank you. Thank you.



Once Around the Paddock

For the prized stallions, mares, yearlings, geldings and everything above and beyond, the Paddock will be the stage for the best suggestions and/or research for the week. The flourishing of splendid and dazzling ideas and nuances will be highlighted that adds to our repertoire for salient features that makes everyone’s social media life easier.

Again, this focal point of voluntary research and participation adds to a core value of Giddy-up; encouragement. Such recognition of our clients and participants adds to the nature of our brand and our motivation. Passing on such core beliefs and the inherent values within, collectively we can only generate an aura of congeniality and support as well as some enthusiasm to see others succeed in getting around in the digital world.

The Paddock lends itself to the credibility of peers and offsets some of the discouraging overly competitive values  that can discourage such dynamism. Bringing others into this digital realm is paramount in reducing arising generational gaps that may occur with the advent of such technology. We’ve established a program to draw the generations together in a companion program in a peer to peer setting, with one peer in a given educational mode.


Two horses, one a campanion pony or a friend of the other horse, a racing thoroughbred horse. The racing horse has a red and white number one displayed under his saddle draping the side of the horse. That jockey is dressed in blue with a blue helmet. The companion horse rider wears a black baseball cap and an orange short sleeved shirt.

Hey Pal.




Companion Pony

Companion ponies are the best of pals with thoroughbred racing horses and are used to bring calm into a pre-race environment. Often, one will see this in a televised horse race where there are particularly big stakes and purses at hand. Money, that is, not necessarily an over the shoulder accessory. In the same manner and disposition the Companion Pony program puts a knowledgeable social media practitioner together with, in this case, older student to learn the crags, rocky ledges and summits of this mountainous knowledge of the digital world.

Such a “buddy up” program of similar ilk transpired in 2010 at the Peel Region Public Library system in Ontario. Seniors were coupled with high school students to learn some of the basics of computers and the internet. Weekly meetings were arranged in local libraries for periods of two hours and the students guided and taught seniors the machinations and intricacies of the computer world, and made the internet relevant to their lives.

The library system deemed it as successful, but as an observer the participating students were a bit quick, unclear on some definitions and procedures, and a bit inaudible for the group of seniors with whom they were engaged. As an observer, any appropriate training of the students as trainers, could have drastically reduced training barriers for a more effective learning environment. Nonetheless, all participants walked away with solid information and newer interpersonal perspectives.

The Companion Pony Program (CPP) seeks to bring a similar model together with less of a generational gap, and more of a patient and persistent approach. Consequently, the communication dynamics with the older participants program can contribute to the lexicon and vestiges of the digital world to which one’s family can relate.

The CPP is not restricted to just the generational mode, but can be applied as a tutoring system where any instructor-learner combination can apply. It is a different vernacular and the informational and linguistic function itself, is appreciative at any level. Herein lies the means to go beyond the traditional marketing strategy juxtaposed to the social media strategy as learners can identify newer levels of the flexibility of social media marketing.


Horse and jockey riding horse ahead of the post gate on race track. Jockey in green attire with black helmet.

A little ahead of themselves at the post.




The (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Strengths) SWOT model is an exceptionally traditional way to determine one’s market for one’s product. Moreso, can be used at a variety of levels including definition of one’s organization through an organizational review. SWOT is a brilliant approach to many marketing strategy, however the POST ( People Objectives Strategies Technoligies) method assists in directly creating a social media strategy and has a focus on that technology that creates outcomes. Finding excellent niche markets, between major markets, and market segments will assist newer participants at Giddy-up Social Media to find a market by themselves, perhaps, but helps in working at a genuine level that will encourage their abilties and learning process through their involvement with social media.


Patrick Meagher is an online student at Algonquin College. Currently, he is enrolled in the Developing a Social Media Strategy course.


I can’t get WordPress to cooperate with themes. I can’t get WordPress to do the work instructed by handouts, nor it’s own HELP section. It does not produce the categories nor the sections attributed in any of the help, tutorials, nor handouts.



Let’s alll get involved.


See what students can produce.