Snaps with Santa & Ice Caps Teddy Toss

Coming up this Friday on December 11, Santa will be at Mile One Centre for the Ice Caps home game that includes the annual teddy toss!

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Santa and Buddy the Puffin

Buddy made all the arrangements with the ‘man in the red suit’ on a recent trip to the North Pole – quite a long journey for a puffin to make So, come out with the kids, meet Santa, and remember to bring a teddy to toss.

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Some news from Bruce after assisting Santa this weekend…

Bruce had a busy weekend as he assisted Santa with a number of visits in Newfoundland and Labrador. Following some of the stops, Bruce had this to say:

Santa had quite a day with five visits starting at 10 am and ending at 6 pm and we met over 400 children. So five teddies are in the arms of five children tonight. But several of these visits were to companies who ask how Santa can be paid and the answer is always the same. Help Santa assist Rotary eliminate polio in the world. So while five children are sleeping with their teddies, the contributions today when matched will buy polio vaccine for 5000 children in Pakistan and Nigeria.

Yes Rudolph, Santa is tired but he had a wonderful day.

The local CBC also caught up with Santa during his visit to the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s, and filed this report:

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Click the image to view video at CBC NL.

And in keeping with the theme of this post, here is an update from Santa about one young child he met some years ago:

Santa’s teddy is sleeping tonight in Torbay, NL with a very special little boy. Santa met Graysen three years ago on Christmas Eve in the Children’s Hospital. Then, for the first time ever, we met again for the second Christmas Eve two years ago. Yes, this little guy spends a great deal of time with his wonderful mother Alice in and out of the Janeway Childcare Centre. Sleep well little Graysen. You are a precious elf and we think of you every day. Enjoy my Teddy.

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Santa and Graysen on their first meeting in 2012.

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The teddy bear that Santa will give to children for 2015.

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Bruce Templeton TEDx St. John’s talk video now online!

Back in May of this year, we promised that a video would be made available of Bruce Templeton’s talk at the TEDx St. John’s event. That day has arrived! You can watch the video below when you have a spare few quiet moments, and when you’re done please consider sharing this post with your family, friends, loved ones, and larger network so they can hear about The Ultimate Gift.

From TEDx:

Lessons from The Man in the Red Suit. Bruce shares his wisdom gained from working with Saint Nicholas for over 1,500 visits with children. He takes us through four very memorable visits and the lifelong lessons they taught him.

Bruce Templeton believes that you get one chance to make a memory for a child. His volunteer life has been thrilling youth at Scout Jamborees (Provincial Commissioner, Scouts Canada) , hearing children laugh on new playground equipment in Bowring Park (Founding Chair of the Bowring Park Foundation) or seeing how United Way has made such a difference in our community and province. (Bruce was the founding Campaign Chair of United Way.)

In 2015, Bruce officially received the Order of St. Nick in Albany, NY. Over the past 37 years he has assisted Santa and they have had over 1500 visits together. He is a former Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade. Bruce and his son Jim own and operate a financial planning office.

Bruce is an active member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, married for 46 years to Paula, and together they have three children and five grandchildren.

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Templeton at TEDx a success!

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Bruce Templeton speaks at the St. John’s TEDx event May 22, 2015

We previously shared the news that author of The Man in the Red Suit and The Man with the White Beard, Bruce Templeton, would be sharing some words of wisdom at the May 22 TEDx event in St. John’s, NL.

Well we’re very pleased to share that the speaking engagement went extremely well! After the event where Templeton received a standing ovation, he said that he felt “the whole room was very moved by their adventure.”

There will be video footage of the talk posted online in the near future, and when that becomes available, you can be sure to find it here on Bruce’s official website.  Of the video, he says “I want people to receive the gift Santa offers and then for them to share it.” So – stay tuned!

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Bruce Templeton one of six speakers at TEDx St. John’s

If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch Bruce Templeton at a public speaking engagement, now is your chance! Bruce is one of six individuals who have been tapped for an upcoming TEDx event in St. John’s, NL. The event’s theme could not be more fitting, Make+Belief. Templeton will be joined at the event by Todd Saunders, Anne Malone, Kris McNeil, Mike Hartmann, and Anahareo Doelle.

There are still some tickets available for the May 22 engagement, which will be at BMW St. John’s and doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:25pm start.

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Bruce Templeton inducted into Santa Claus Hall of Fame

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Bruce and Paula at the Santa Claus Hall of Fame induction in New York state

Recently Bruce Templeton travelled to Albion, New York for a very special ceremony – one that saw him inducted into the Santa Claus Hall of Fame. Templeton is the only currently living Canadian to be in the hall, and the experience was a memorable one and an honour. He was one of six new inductees to the hall and at the conference’s main event Templeton told the room full of about 200 Santa assistants, “I know Saint Nicholas is beside me. Have no fear when you are asked to do the uncomfortable because Saint Nicholas is there beside you.”

The induction was covered in an article you can read here from the Orleans Hub.

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Canadian delegates singing O Canada at the Santa Claus Hall of Fame induction in New York state

Before the conference concluded, another special moment occurred involving all the Canadian delegates singing O Canada on the steps of the venue outside.

Along with Bruce the other inductees included Haddon Sundblom, James F. Martin, Ron Robertson, Sam Militello and Tim Cavender.

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Bruce holds his Santa Claus Hall of Fame induction certificate in New York state

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Bruce Templeton inducted into International Hall of Fame

Santa-Claus-Hall-of-Fame-at-the-Candy-CastleSanta-Claus-Hall-of-Fame-at-the-Candy-CastleJust 24 hours before the biggest day of the year for Santa Claus, Bruce Templeton got some very exciting news.  The Santa Claus International Hall of Fame has announced six inductees for 2014, and this morning Bruce was surprised with the news, he’d not only been nominated — he was one of that special six.

The Santa Claus International Hall of Fame is also inducting James F. Martin of Santa Claus, Indiana, Sam Militello of St. Clair, Michigan, Haddon Sunblom of Chicago, Illinois, Ron Robertson of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Tim Cavender of Ball Ground, Georgia.

The prestigious hall found inside Santa’s Candy Castle located in Santa Claus, Indiana includes some pretty famous friends of Santa Claus such as the first Miracle on 34th Street’s Kris Kringle, Edmund Gwenn (1877 – 1959), Mickey Rooney (1920 – 2014) for his voice portrayals in famous stop animation specials, Charles W. Howard (1896-1966) of Albion, New York and Jim Yellig (1894-1984) of Santa Claus, Indiana. Howard created the world’s first Santa Claus School and was Macy’s parade Santa for 18 years. Yellig became the official Santa to Santa Claus Land in 1946 and for the next 38 years had more children sit on his knee than any other Santa ever.

Other notable members of the hall include the first ever department store Santa, Scottish-born James Edgar (1843 – 1909) and Doug Mellor (1929 – 2004), a commercial Santa from the 60s and 70s who appeared in ads for Sears, Jell-O, Archway Cookies, McDonalds, and on the cover of McCall‘s magazine multiple times.

Along with the original Charter Members, the Saint that is the basis for the legend is honored. The International Santa Claus Hall of Fame is dedicated to Nicholas of Myra, the 4th century bishop known for his great deeds of generosity. St. Nicholas is known as the patron Saint of children.

Bruce is being inducted into the hall this year, recognizing his many decades dedicated to assisting Santa in a variety of ways, for his two books, and the work both he and they are doing in partnership with the Rotary Polio Plus program. He is humbled, honoured, and thrilled about the news, and will be the only living Canadian in the international hall of fame.

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Click here to visit the official hall’s announcement page for bios and a video.

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HitsFM helps Newfoundland & Labrador youth meet Santa at North Pole

Continuing on with its annual traditional flight to the North Pole, 99.1 HitsFM took qualifiers leading up to the big flight which took place on Saturday, December 13.

The lucky little ones were piled on to a Provincial Airlines direct flight to the North Pole where Santa took some time away from his busy preparations for the big night to come on board the plane upon landing.

The kids all had the opportunity to ask him one questions, and each received a surprise gift from the man in the red suit!

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Bruce Templeton to appear on CBC’s CrossTalk

Tune into CBC Radio One on Friday, December 18 to listen in on a conversation between CrossTalk host Ramona Dearing and Bruce Templeton, with a chance to call in yourself as well!

Also, check out this recent profile of The Man with the White Beard from Atlantic Books Today!

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Bruce Templeton meets with Justin Trudeau

On his recent visit to St. John’s, NL to sign his own new book Common Ground, Justin Trudeau and Bruce Templeton had an opportunity to meet at a separate function.

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In their brief conversation, Bruce passed along a copy of The Man with the White Beard for Justin to take home to his wife Sophie to read!

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