Shawn Shepheard has worked extensively in the career development field, including recruitment, customer service, career management and leadership training. He is also a celebrated inspirational speaker and was named the 2008 Volunteer of the year from the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Greetings from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Beautiful Vancouver.
The energy in the city is unbelievable, walking the streets and seeing the flags and colors of many countries around the world, is something I will never forget.
It's an interesting combination of celebrating your pride in your own country, while at the same time celebrating and experiencing the pride and colors of other countries. (Soccer could learn a lesson or two from the Olympics).
We decided to watch the Women's Gold Medal Hockey game between Canada and the United States in a packed local sports bar. Being in Vancouver, the bar was filled with Canadian flags and a sea of red. However, there were also a number of American fans supporting their team.
The incredible thing was how everyone celebrated the game and enjoyed the atmosphere (Ok, Canadians might have enjoyed it a little more with a 2-0 victory).
My sister in law and I met a nice New Yorker, and watched the game with her with nothing more than a little friendly teasing. We actually invited our new friend to 'hang with us, and we enjoyed dinner together and a fantastic evening. So much so, that I will be meeting her again in New York in two weeks.
It was a great evening and, on a small scale, showed how great it is when we put our "flags" down and made a great, real connection.
Looking forward to taking in the last few days here and going to the Gold Medal hockey game. Here's to keeping the Olympic spirit alive well after the games have ended.
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