As another Dragon Boat Festival comes to a close, I am filled with pride and gratitude. 44 monkeys paddled their hearts out, danced, laughed and continued to fundraise right till the last minute to become the top fundraising boat in the festival. It was a grass roots approach that started in the spring with a Quiz night, wine raffle and direct asks to friends and family. Collectively our 2 boats raised $44,000 to support paediatric oncology. A big word for kids fighting for their lives battling cancer.

I am so honored to have led this group for 8 years. We have raised over $300,000 in that time and made many new friends.

This was my last festival leading the monkeys, as hard as that decision is, I have decided to direct my energy to other causes and events as well as the HMC sharing circle Endowment with the Winnipeg Foundation. My hope is someone will step in and take my spot leading the monkeys in the dragon boat festival. Stay tuned for whats coming.

What I want to share with you are the lessons I have learned over the years of participating in the festival. As I reflect on the 8 years and the successes, losses and frustrations I only do so with a huge smile on my face. Thank you everyone involved from paddlers, to sponsors, to donors, to families who gave up mom for a weekend.  You all helped make a positive difference in our community.

Lessons learned from Dragon Boating

  1. It is best summed. up in this quote, ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
  2. Life is fragile, enjoy every moment, live every day, be mindful, positive and loving as your last day is unknown. RIP Laurie Tooth, Scott Walker
  3. Team work is the best way to get things done. Always ask for help.
  4. Everything is more fun in a costume!
  5. Don’t sweat the small things, it will all work out the way it was suppose to.
  6. Funnest is not a word, but Boat 2 2018 truly was the funnest!
  7. You won’t melt if it rains, suck it up princess!
  8. Never tell the paddlers that you really don’t get wet steering. Oops
  9. Organizing monkeys and herding cats are  synonyms! Love you all
  10. Our city and the people are the best anywhere. Thank you FMG and Cancer Care for all you do.

Paddles up everyone.


  1. Karen Nissen on September 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    That’s awesome Carol!! Very well said. Great lessons to live by. Sad it’s over but looking forward to what amazing things you and the Monkeys will do next…?

  2. Sharon on September 10, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    “Never doubt…” my favourite quote ever a it is so true and I so believe it to my core.
    And… of course, my life motto #4!
    You rock… and I’m right behind or beside you in the next venture!

  3. Tracey on September 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Love this Carol spot on, looking forward to more adventures with you!

  4. Lisa Calsbeck on September 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Well said Carol. It was a pleasure to be involved with such a great group of women. Together we are stronger! Thank you for all you do. I am on board for the next ride!

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