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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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]

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