Santa recently visited some special boys and girls spending time at the Janeway Hospital as the holidays approach. Here is a very special moment we’re happy and lucky to be able to share thanks to Stephanie O’Brien – OZFM.
After hearing that a young girl named Neveah liked the coat she wore in the Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade, Santa saw to it that she would become its owner. On his annual visit to the Janeway Children’s Hospital, he surprised her with the gift.
There is a video of the surprise here:
Neveah and Santa share a special moment after the surprise gift was presented to her.
Neveah gives Santa a big hug in thanks for her new coat.
Santa and Neveah show off her new threads around the Janeway Hospital
Another year has come and the 2016 installment of the annual Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade went off with a Ho! Ho! Ho!
Sunday, December 4 to the delight of children and their families, the parade marched through the streets of the Newfoundland and Labrador capital, with the big man himself marking the end. Here are just a few highlight photos and clippings from the parade which saw Santa do the dabbin’ dance!
CBC VIDEO: Dabbin’ Santa! Kids at St. John’s Christmas Parade celebrate after Santa dabs for crowd
VOCM VIDEO/PICS/STORY: St. John’s Santa Claus Parade Collects over 15,500 Pounds of Food for Community Food Sharing Association
Last Thursday on September 29, 2016 Bruce Templeton launched his latest publication Twenty Four Teddy Bears: A Christmas Journey. This latest book, published by Creative Book Publishing, rounds out a trilogy for Templeton. His initial release, The Man in the Red Suit, garnered international attention and was a Globe and Mail best seller. The second book in the series equaled in its success, and was called The Man with the White Beard.
Like the initial two, this new book is meant to be read in the lead up to Christmas with each chapter corresponding with a date in the month. The stories profile the folks who were recipients of special teddy bears that Bruce, in his efforts as Santa’s assistant, helps get to people in Newfoundland and Labrador.
If you missed the launch, take a look at this video, then be sure to visit the signings and sightings section of the website for all of Bruce’s upcoming appearances.
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We continue with our interview series with The Man in the Red Suit and The Man with the White Beard‘s author Bruce Templeton today! Here are the final five questions Bruce recently answered that reveal who has contributed the Forward for his new book as well as some of his other collaborators!
- Were there any stories you found particularly hard to write?
I found it hard to ask the families to write the stories of their children’s visits with Santa in the hospital. But it is part of their healing and acceptance to tell their stories.
- There’s very personal photo to you that will appear in the second book, can you share the story behind it?
There is a photo of St. Nicholas in the new book and it was fun to get the support of church leaders to create the real St. Nicholas. These are not “props” but the real thing and I thank the church leaders for the support and understanding. There is also an inter-generational family photo from the first book, recreated for the second book but at this point it may or may not make the cut!
- The first book had a portion of its proceeds go to Rotary’s Polio Plus program, will there be a similar tie-in with book two?
Yes, the first book has directly and indirectly raised the funding for 200,000 dosed of Polio Vaccine for children in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria with Rotary. We will continue that work with Rotary and the support of the World Health Organization.
- Who are some of the people you have worked with on this project, and what has the collaboration process been like with them?
It is always a privilege to collaborate with talented people. I had two gifted editors, an amazing team at Creative Book Publishers, an understanding group of corporations and government offices who did work through all issues that arose. In one case, I had to track down the writer of a poem in 1995 after the death of her child. I took called to the US registry office, her town’s Board of Trade, a funeral home who buried her daughter, and learning now her new surname following her separation and remarriage and her moving to a totally different city in the US. The lady was astonished that anyone would work that hard to find her. Her poem is in the book now with her consent. That is the process you must follow.
- Book one’s forward was provided by Danny Williams, will this one also have one? And, if so how and why did you choose the individual who would provide it?
The simple truth is that you are trying to ask someone whose name will appear on the cover who is widely known and respected by many. This time, I went to Sister Elizabeth Davis, RSM at the Sisters of Mercy. Sister Elizabeth seemed like a natural choice. She supports my belief in St. Nicholas and she is the former head of Eastern Health so she appreciates my small “M” ministry if that is what it is. She sees what I do through her experience and I admire her.
We have learned that Bruce Templeton will be inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame in October 2014 at a gala event. Announced by former Lt. Governor Edward Roberts, who is the chair of the selection committee, Bruce is one of eight individuals who will be inducted into the hall this year.
“The Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame allows exceptional people to stand as an inspiration to our community, and particularly to our youth,” said Roberts during the announcement.
The gala and induction event will take place on Friday, October 3 at the Sheraton Hotel, starting at 6:30pm with a silent auction before the dinner at 7:30pm. Proceeds from the event will go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and more information is available on the Volunteer Hall of Fame’s website.
Bell Aliant’s Community One channel has a program called In Conversation that Man in the Red Suit author Bruce Templeton was happy to get involved with. The program wanted to do a Christmas special for 2013, and Mr. Templeton sat down with Roger Bill for an in-depth interview.
The whole program is available online by clicking here, or clicking on the screen grab below. Enjoy!
Bruce Templeton was honoured last night at the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Awards, along with Ashlee Gosse, for his efforts to raise funds for Rotary Polio Plus. Over 150,000 vaccinations against polio have been afforded thanks to the proceeds raised through the sale of Templeton’s book The Man in the Red Suit (Creative Publishing) amongst other initiatives.
Check out this clipping from The Telegram of Bruce at the gala event.
The latest issue of Costco Connections features an article on The Man in the Red Suit, coming to Costco locations across the country very soon! Bruce Templeton, the book’s author, will also be by some locations to do signings! Stay tuned to the Signings and Sightings page for when and where. In the mean time, here’s the article:
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While it’s only August, lots of retailers are gearing up and making plans for the holiday season. Costco is no different and recently got in touch with Creative Book Publishers to place a national stocking order for Bruce Templeton’s The Man in the Red Suit! The book will be available in all 80 locations across the country this year.
That means Bruce will also be out and about visiting various locations both in and outside of Newfoundland and Labrador so you can get your copy signed! So far, the book has sold over 12,000 copies in Newfoundland and Labrador and it has raised enough money to immunize 150,000 children in the world against polio with Rotary International.
Stay tuned to our website’s Signings & Sightings section for upcoming dates.