10 August 2015
At this time last year, RCW week was starting! Can you believe it has been a year since RCW 139: Thank You Kindly, the world's biggest Due South event since the 1990s? It feels like just yesterday that we were busy preparing for the convention. What were YOU doing at this time a year ago?
We'll publish a retrospective throughout the week, but to start, we'd like your help! Check out our Facebook page and tell us:
1. What first comes to mind when you think about RCW 139?
2. What is your favourite memory from RCW 139: Thank You Kindly?
3. And if you've attended more than one RCW 139, which one did you like best and why?
11 July 2015
Hello Duesers! Just a reminder that our wonderful 2014 convention guest Lisa Jakub recently released her highly anticipated autobiography "You Look Like That Girl..." You may remember her reading from it on the Sunday morning of the convention. For more info and links to order, you can visit http://youlooklikethatgirl.com/ .Thank you kindly!
28 February 2015
Hello Duesers! On this last day of February, we're happy to report that we recently completed the last of our charity donations from the money raised at RCW 139 and the sales of "Thank You Kindly!" packages. $1500 was donated to Canada Company, a charitable, non-partisan organization that serves to build the bridge between business and community leaders and the Canadian Military. The charity was chosen at the request of Paul Gross' family, who donated the autographed CDs and DVDs that were the central piece of the TYK! packages and which were also sold at RCW 139.
We received a great thank you letter from the Founder and Chairman of Canada Company, indicating that the money will have a direct impact on many of its programs - in particular on the Military Employment Transition initiative, which helps support Veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. We also want to point out that Canada Company provided invaluable support for Paul Gross's new movie, Hyena Road.
This brings to a close all activities associated with RCW 139: Thank You Kindly. In total, we were able to donate an amazing $6500 to three extremely worthwhile causes this year - and just over $17,000 in four conventions since 2008!
1 January 2015
2014 was quite the year for fans of Due South. After months of planning and preparation, in August, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show with RCW 139: Thank You Kindly - our fourth and largest convention since we restarted the events. Amazingly, since 2008, we've had as many conventions as were held in the 1990s when the show first aired. Just as amazingly, but admittedly not surprisingly, this year's event once again brought us new friendships, new guests, new stories, and new experiences. Incredible cast and crew panels, a private concert, a chat with the creator of Due South, and a ridiculously fun (quoting one of our committee members!) Dueser carnival were only a few of the events which brought us together and highlighted the spirit of RCW 139 and Due South. That spirit is very well illustrated by our 20th anniversary video, which was presented at the RCW 139 Gala Dinner and is available on YouTube.
Sadly, 2014 also brought us loss, as we said goodbye to some very dear members of the Due South community. We were privileged to have known them, and they will remain in our hearts as we move forward in 2015.
Finally, an update on the RCW 139: Thank You Kindly charity donations, a part of RCW 139 that again truly demonstrates the spirit of the conventions. This year, we raised a record amount of money through the live charity auction and the sale of Thank You Kindly packages. With consideration to input from our guests and attendees, we have always tried to direct our support to community-focused organizations for which our donations will have a meaningful impact. In November, we donated $2500 to Jessie's Centre, a multi-service resource centre for pregnant teenagers, young parents and their children that meets the special needs of young families throughout the City of Toronto.
Just before Christmas, we donated another $2500. In keeping with the tradition of past conventions, we directed the money to an animal welfare charity: the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, a no-kill shelter comitted to the provision of care and arrangement of adoptions for unwanted animals. The shelter cares for nearly 1000 animals each year. We made the donation to Carla Martinelli-Irvine, Executive Director and Founder of the shelter, who first gave us a tour of the facility - full of energetic cats and dogs waiting for families. Carla explained that this was a huge sum for the shelter, and that the money would be put to very good use. As an example, our donation could pay for the spaying and neutering of over 100 animals.
With one donation remaining, RCW 139 has now contributed over $15,500 to eight extremely worthwhile causes since 2008. A huge thank you to everyone, and all the very best for 2015! Happy New Year Duesers!
Photo: Stephane (and a borrowed puppy) presents a $2500 cheque to Carla, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.
11 November 2014
On Sunday, we made the first RCW 139 charity donation to an organization called Jessie's Centre (www.jessiescentre.org), a multi-service resource centre for pregnant teenagers, young parents and their children that meets the special needs of young families throughout the City of Toronto. Some of you may remember that in past years, RCW 139 had supported the Touchstone Youth Centre, but due to the closure Touchstone, a new charity had to be selected. Jessie's Centre was chosen by Tom Melissis, who has been an amazing supporter of RCW 139 and the RCW 139 charity auction at every convention. Tom himself came to present a $2500 cheque to Jessie's.
We met the centre's Executive Director, Maritza Sanchez, who was thrilled to receive our support and explained to us how, in these times of uncertain government support, our donation would make a significant difference for Jessie's. We then received a tour of the centre, which includes housing, an on-site high school classroom, a swap shop, rooms for counselling and community education, child care, and a health clinic. It was clear that Jessie's Centre is a much-needed resource for the community.
With this donation, RCW 139 has now contributed nearly $13,000 to seven extremely worthwhile causes since 2008 - and there are more donations to come from this year's convention. A big thank you to everyone!
Photo: Tom, Stephane, and Megan present a $2500 cheque to Maritza, Executive Director of Jessie's Centre
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