Moms are family heroes

How about a big Heroes high five for moms.

Do we really need to say any more?

After the crazy rush of the holidays, moms are the ones who get the family back on track. With kids activities, school and flu season kicking into high gear, we recognize that moms have some amazing super power to juggle the requests from kids, get to places on time and some how keep calm and cool during the chaos.

For this we salute you and thank you for keeping things normal this time of year when the days are short and cold and we are dreaming of lazy summers by the lake.

Kids, dads and the rest of us love you mom.

Dads are heroes, too

Even though moms are the star of many families, we had to ring in the New Year with a shout out to 2018 and the year of the dad.

From fixing things, to making great dinners and cheering on the kids at their favourite sport, dads may not always get the day-to-day glory in the household, but we know they work hard behind the scenes to keep the family humming along.

Dads are the best for playing a cheesy song from the '80s or '90s and getting the kids to sing along.

So here’s to you Mr. Fix-Its, Mr. Barbecue, Mr. Weekend Shuttle driver....

Cats are heroes, too

Here at Heroes, you may know we love our golden retriever, Buddy the dog.

Lately, we are starting to love cats. It all started with some new neighbours moving in and a cute, new, very vocal kitty started showing up on our porch, a very brave kitty indeed as Buddy the dog is 90 pounds.

The next thing we know dog and cat are friends and I am giving the cat a salmon treat and petting her each morning.

Cats may not be an obvious friend like dogs, sly and purposeful in their movements, but after careful examination, it’s easy to see they love the attention just as much as dogs do.

Here’s to cats and cat owners out there, heroes that crouch around the neighbourhood, waiting for a stroke on the head and a salmon treat.


Angels among us

This time of year, I love to see friends on social media share their stories of giving.

There is something about the season that gets people in the giving spirit and turns humble, ordinary citizens into heroes.

From the stacks of food in schools hampers to stores displaying  presents for deserving families and random acts of kindness, we don’t go a day without hearing of these generous and warm gestures.

From our family here at Heroes to yours, happy holidays and, if you can, give even a little more than usual, we know there are folks out there who could really use a helping hand.

Secret Santa

Who doesn’t love the jolly old elf in the red suit? Besides the obvious answer to the question where  does Santa come from, I often wondered who were the kind souls who sat for hours in the malls, hotels and at Christmas functions in full Saint Nick attire?

It turns out that after a recent chat with Santa at the El Dorado Hotel, it’s a secret.

I tried my best to ask the elf in chief and even bribed him with some cookies and milk and he wouldn’t say a word,

in fact, he gave me a business card that had an address for his office, #1 The North Pole. Well that was all I needed to believe.

Merry Christmas Santa and keep up the amazing work.


On a recent trip to Calgary, I stopped in at the new Calgary Central Library for a tour.

This incredible, modern building made me want to stay all day and read. It also made me realize that books play a huge role in our lives.

In recent years, there has been a shift to digital and the lure of a dusty, old hardcover book might be lost on millennials and the younger generations,. But I couldn’t ignore the power of stacks of old books appearing on gleaming white, modern shelves and the irony of the old and new colliding.

So here’s to reading more physical books and thank you to the authors and scribes out there that keep on writing.

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Investigate and report it

These days the endless wave of media criticism seems to circulate on a daily basis.

Fake news, reporters being discredited and even barred from covering government news.

Given all of this we just had to give a heroes hug to all the accredited media professionals, journalists, editors and reporters that work for legitimate news organizations from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Regardless of what you cover, where and from what angle, we  thank you for following your nose on stories that make our world a better place.

Investigative journalism holds business, community and political leadership accountable and opens our eyes to stories we might not normally read, for that reporting we thank you.

Lighting it up

Who doesn’t love the spirit of the holidays? Well maybe not the long lines at the mall or the busy streets but how about the local neighbourhoods decked out for the season.

From lights to amazing wreaths and front doors that are a welcome sight this cold and icy time of year. So a big heroes holiday season shout out to everyone who climbed a ladder and took the time to make their home look a little more festive for the month ahead.

This weekend, take a drive with the kids or your loved one after dark and see just who is lighting it up around your neighbourhood.


A big high five paws up to you from our team here at heroes to all of the dog owners who clean up after their pooches in the local parks and trails.

It seems like common sense but not everybody does this and we appreciate those that take the time to bring the doggy bags and place them back in a waste bin.

We love walking the trails with our dog, Buddy, and while it isn’t always convenient, we always pick up after our big guy. 

So scoop all you can this winter, and for that, we all thank you.


Signs of responsibility

Wingman or Wingwoman

On a round of recent flights across Canada, I was thinking about how easy it is to travel.

Hurtling across the country and continent in a metal tube for a day of meetings or or a special family event and then back seemed so futuristic, but it has really become the norm.

We are not sure how often you think of the brave and very talented pilots who fly us around, but we wanted to take a moment give them a heroes hurrah for earning their wings or stripes and keeping us safe day in and  day out.

Often, we take flying for granted and indeed it is very safe, but it doesn’t happen by accident; kudos to our pilots from all airlines.


We had to take a moment to thank anyone out there in the Valley who is taking the time to mentor someone. Young and old, the benefits of having a mentor are amazing.

Recently, I met a 92-year-old woman in Penticton who was mentoring a neighbour who had dementia and literally helping her learn all over again.

I also came across some elementary aged kids who had paired up in a buddy system to help each other during recess and lunch to ensure they always had someone to play with or talk to a peer. Very cool!

A sign

A huge heroes thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped take down and recycle election signs.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in mine they seemed to disappear overnight and, save for a few stragglers, it is amazing to see thousands of signs be scooped up by a dedicated team from all candidates.

I recently watched a segment about how the signs are recycled and it's nice to see that all of the signs don’t just end up in the landfill. Cheers to anyone who picked up a sign and returned it.

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About the Author

Richard James Deacon is a passionate philanthropist and volunteer and is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community. Richard has been a director on a variety of not-for-profit boards across Canada, but is most proud of his role as the founder of 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna, as a co-creator of The Ron+Clair Deacon Leaders Pay It Forward Program, being a Scouts Canada Beaver leader and coaching his son in Central Okanagan youth soccer.

Richard, his beautiful wife, MaryAnn, and their young sons, Reston and Parker, along with golden retriever Buddy live in Kettle Valley and they love to travel the planet extensively. What they love most about Kelowna is that everybody says hi to each other and it still has that small town feel.

Contact Richard at [email protected]

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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