Posts Tagged With: St. John’s

Bruce Templeton to release third book – Twenty Four Teddy Bears – September 29!

Creative Book Publishing is excited to present Twenty-Four Teddy Bears: A Christmas Journey by bestselling author Bruce Templeton.

Bookc cover for twenty four bearsJoin us on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at the Knight of Columbus located at 49 St. Clare Avenue in St. John’s, NL, to join in the celebration.

Twenty-Four Teddy Bears chronicles twenty-four of Santa’s most memorable visits over the past thirty-seven years. These have taken him from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Senior’s Homes, and Santa has left the bears with tiny newborns, people who’ve passed their 100th birthday, and all kinds of children, adults, Christmas doubters, and Christmas believers in-between.

Stories that will make you laugh and cry, but most importantly make you appreciate the true meaning of the holiday season.

All are welcome, admission is FREE, refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Visit the Facebook event page here, and feel free to invite/bring friends!

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New journal entries as Bruce continues to assist Santa with Newfoundland and Labrador visits

Bruce has been busy assisting Santa since our last update on Monday! Here are some more bits of news about their experiences together since then:

December 14, 11:30pm
Santa looked on the shelf tonight and 30 of the 48 teddies have found new arms to hold them. So 18 more visits in 10 days ending in the children’s hospital on Christmas Eve. Today was wonderful in that a very caring law firm held a big dinner for those in our city who through illness, addiction, or just plain bad luck find themselves in need this year. There was beautiful food, music, dancing and genuine warmth. Santa had a ball.

The photos are from an engagement last week where Santa’s helicopter landed and he had breakfast with over 260 people. Imagine being child and you are standing on the balcony of a community centre. It is very cold and soon you hear the thump thump engine of a helicopter and Santa drops out of the sky landing in the swirling snow right before your eyes.

We get one chance to keep the dream alive for children.

December 17
Three more teddies have found new arms to hold them in the last 24 hours.

Santa absolutely loves Buckmasters Circle and the children there. For those not familiar with the name, it is a former military base in the centre of St. John’s, NL. The children are very different. They may not have all the latest toys and clothes but do they make up for it in other more important ways. Santa went into a room packed with kids and as always, he got down on the floor. The kids climbed all over him but with great respect and kindness. But what Santa notices the most is how caring they are for one another. Older brothers and sisters with their younger siblings on their hips and looking out for their well-being. There is no fighting, just the joy of Santa’s visit and several hundred appreciative, curious, and well mannered youth who make Santa’s visit one of the nicest of the 48 Santa will do.

The second teddy is with a new Canadian tonight. Thank goodness Santa has an elf to read the names of the children at Daybreak on the Boulevard. I think the wonderful staff there are as excited as the children when Santa peeked around the door and looked into the wide eyes of astonished little kids. They are all 1 to 4 years old. The children come from every corner of the world and for some, this is their first Christmas in Canada. They may not have met Santa before, but tonight there is a little two year old, with big blue glasses, curly brown hair and the biggest grin you can ever imagine clutching Santa’s teddy.

Tomorrow at 8:30 am, Santa has yet another first experience here in Newfoundland. He has been asked to come to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Treatment Centre to be present with a little girl while she is there for her radiation treatment. Santa’s teddy will be there too and teddy and the little girl will go home together.

Come with me St. Nicholas. Santa needs your guidance.

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Annual flight to the North Pole; 18 NL youth meet the man in the red suit!

Santa had a very early start in the North Pole as a Provincial Airlines plane left St. john’s with 18 very excited children and one parent. Every child had a question that they wanted Santa to answer and the children were selected by 99.1 Hits FM. Santa is advised there were many thousand entries.

When the plane landed in the North Pole, and was pulled into the big hanger, Santa boarded the plane and met every child. An elf followed Santa and delivered gifts. Santa’s teddy stayed with Olivia, a beautiful little girl who is diabetic and has a feeding tube. Her question was “Can Santa fix sick little girls and boys?”

You get one chance to made a memory for a child. We have kept the dream alive for 18 children who will never forget their adventure this morning.

After the Flight to the North Pole, Santa went to a seniors home where family and friends gathered to meet Santa.

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Santa sits with little Grant at Tiffany Village

Once that was completed, we did floor visits on the Assisted Living Floors. As we got off the elevator on one floor, an attendant came quickly and asked if Santa could visit a specific room for the elderly resident was dying and the family had gathered. I stopped for moment and said a quiet word with St. Nicholas and asked him to go into the room first. (St. Nick travels with Santa in difficult times.)

We went into the living area where somber family sat in quiet vigil. We talked quietly as members went into the bedroom and said their goodbyes. Santa reached into his mail bag and took out teddy and gave it to a family member who hugged it. As I got ready to leave, a woman said that they would take teddy into the bedroom. They thanked Santa for coming.

So a morning with 18 children on a plane and now in a unit where a soul is departing. And only half of Santa’s day is done. 75 children are next.

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Sky high Santa

While out and about over the last few days assisting Santa, Bruce managed to get some candid photos of the man in the red suit!

With the sleigh being tuned up for maximum efficiency on the big night, Santa gets a hand from Universal Helicopters to make some of his early visits to Newfoundland and Labrador.

In these photos, you can see Santa as he arrived for the St. John’s Downtown Christmas parade, as well as a few from a recent visit to Outer Cove, NL.

Santa flew with Pilot Lorne to meet 250 kids and parents there. There was a big playful snow ball fight before some signature teddy bears were passed on to loving children who were all very excited!

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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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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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Santa stops in St. John’s for Downtown Parade (via The Telegram)

If you were in St. John’s yesterday and have youth in your life, chances are good you paid the annual visit to the downtown area to take in the annual St. John’s Christmas Parade.  As always, it’s capped off with an appearance from the jolly ol’ elf himself, and this year was no exception.  Take a look at today’s front page image from The Telegram to see for yourself!

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Bruce Templeton on creative process and charity tie-in

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Bruce talks about the main messages in his books

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Bruce Templeton to receive 2013 Humanitarian Award

We’re pleased to share the exciting news that The Man in the Red Suit author Bruce Templeton has been announced as one of two recipients of the Canadian Red Cross’ annual Humanitarian Award!  The honour will be made at a special dinner which will take place at the Delta on November 14, 2013, with proceeds going to the Red Cross.  Nominations for the award come from the public and recipients are selected based on volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy as well as inspiring leadership in the pursuit of humanitarian goals.

Here is the official press release from the Canadian Red Cross:

CANADIAN RED CROSS ANNOUNCES 2013 HUMANITARIAN AWARDS FOR NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

St. John’s (May 22, 2013) – The Canadian Red Cross today announced that Bruce Templeton of St. John’s will receive its 2013 Humanitarian Award for Newfoundland and Labrador. Ashley Gosse of Tilton will receive the Canadian Red Cross 2013 Young Humanitarian Award for the province.

“Bruce Templeton has given back to his community for decades” said Rhonda Kenney, provincial director of the Canadian Red Cross.  “His dedication and commitment to better the lives of children around the world, single parents, seniors and any other group that needs help has left and will continue to leave an indelible mark for many years to come.”

Templeton is an investment advisor, Rotarian, past chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade and former regional  manager for the  Bowring retail chain. He also served as provincial  commissioner and provincial president of Scouts Canada receiving their highest honour, the Bar to the Silver Acorn Award. In 2010, he became chair of the United Way’s Community Campaign, helping to raise over $800,000 for charities throughout the province. As founding chair of the Bowring Park Foundation, Templeton was instrumental in raising money to rebuild playgrounds, greenhouses, an amphitheatre and visiting exhibits from across the country.

Templeton is also well known as a close personal friend of Santa Claus, bringing joy to children as Santa’s assistant for over 30 years, often stating, “It’s your presence, not presents, that count.” Last year, he penned a Canadian bestseller,  The Man in the Red Suit,  which describes his most memorable adventures from over 1,000 visits to places like the Janeway Children’s Health & Rehabilitation Centre and the John Howard Society. Proceeds from the book were matched by supporting organizations, raising $90,000 for the Rotary International Polio Plus Fund to purchase 150,000 doses of vaccine for children in countries at risk.

“Ashley Gosse’s commitment to humanitarian values through her volunteer work is truly inspiring” said Kenney. Gosse has been instrumental in the growth of Sleep Out 120, a campaign that raises awareness on the issue of youth homelessness.  Since her involvement began in 2011, over $30,000 has been raised and campaign locations have expanded to Corner Brook, Goose Bay and Memorial University with four more locations added this year. Gosse has also been a dedicated volunteer with many women’s organizations on campus, serving as the president of Social Work Class of 2013 and representative for several other student organizations at Memorial. “She is a leader with a passion for community and we are confident that she will continue to set an example for future generations” added Kenney.

Templeton and Gosse will be honoured on November 14, 2013 at the Humanitarian Awards dinner at the St. John’s Delta and Convention Centre, proceeds of which support Canadian Red Cross disaster relief and educational programs in the province.

Recipients of Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian and Young Humanitarian awards are selected among nominations received from the public. These awards highlight that, amid all other demands in people’s lives, there are those who make time for volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy, and whose leadership inspires others to pursue humanitarian goals. To order tickets or receive information on the awards event,  contact Anna Peddle at (709) 758-8403 or email anna.peddle@redcross.ca.

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Contacts:

Dan Bedell
Director of Communications – Atlantic
Canadian Red Cross | Croix-Rouge canadienne 24-Hour Atlantic
Email: dan.bedell@redcross.ca
TWITTER: @Dan_Bedell
TWITTER: @CanRedCrossATL

Melanie MacDonald
Communications Coordinator – Atlantic
Canadian Red Cross | Croix-Rouge canadienne 24-Hour Atlantic
Email: melanie.macdonald@redcross.ca

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