It begins…

I’ve had a few it-just-hit-me-what-I’m-doing moments this past week. Unsurprisingly the biggest ones have happened today. Like when I collected all of my gear on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building this morning.

Although delayed, the flight to Vancouver was smooth and uneventful. I’m cycling across Canada…which is incredibly dangerous…and the thing I was stressing about the most was my flight. So irrational.

The last time I was in Vancouver was in 1995, when I did a beemasters course at Simon Fraser University. I anticipate that my time here now will be just as memorable.


Picture taken in Trinity-Bellwoods Park in downtown Toronto

This is a picture of me and my best friend in the world, Ken. Sadly, Ken passed away in the early days of fall in 2017. I miss him dearly. This picture makes me smile, and I post it here because this is one of the rare photos I have where Ken actually consented to having his face shown in a picture.

But this post isn’t about pictures of my friend and I. It is about GiveWell, and doing good in the world. So why am I promoting GiveWell? The answer is simple. I want to do something in the memory of my friend. Ken wanted our memories of him to be associated with doing good in the world, and he thought giving money to GiveWell was a good way to do good in the world. What is GiveWell? Here is what they say on their website:

GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give.

GiveWell sets out to determine the best bang for your charitable buck, so to speak. So help me honour my friend’s memory by considering donating to GiveWell. GiveWell does not keep any portion of the donations it receives. 100% of every donation goes to the charities featured on its website.

After you have donated, please feel free to download a Bingo Card and play along as I cycle across the country!