Proudly Canadian Featured at Calgary CARWACS Show
Proudly Canadian in association with Casa Cubana was recently featured at the Calgary CARWACS show. Posing with President, Domenico Ciarallo was three time Olympic medalist Mark Tewksbury who was on hand promoting his new book.
Raised in Calgary, Alberta, Tewksbury trained at the University of Calgary. He attended the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and won a silver medal as part of Canada's relay team.
Going into Barcelona, Tewksbury was ranked fourth in the world and most pundits picked one of the powerful American swimmers to win gold. Tewksbury's gold medal was Canada's first at the Barcelona games and the first Canadian gold in swimming since the Communist-boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Tewksbury also won a bronze medal in the relay event in Barcelona. He made the cover of Time magazine. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame and was named Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year. Source : Wikipedia.
Suncor Energy Launches Proudly Canadian in Ontario
Janet Nadalin, Category Specialist, pictured with Owner Operator Farhiz Gazdar of Cornwall Ontario Sunoco.
One of 10 Sunoco locations now distributing the Proudly Canadian Brand Name apparel and accessories.
Excited about the program launch, Janet feels the products are “ a good fit for Sunoco as we strive to offer our customers quality products”.
Proudly Canadian Featured in Duty Free Magazine, January 2009
Proudly Canadian was the subject of a recent article in The Americas magazine.
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Proudly Canadian FDFA Contest Winners
Congratulations to Nancy Enright of Boutique Hors taxes de Philipsburg and Gene Davis of North Portal Duty Free Shop, winners of our Proudly Canadian Frontier Duty Free Association Vancouver Prize Draw.
Our lucky winners will each receive a genuine Danier leather jacket courtesy of Casa Cubana and Proudly Canadian!
On a personal note, thanks to everyone for making our first FDFA show such a wonderful and rewarding experience. From the owners and operators to the FDFA organizers and admin staff, it was a pleasure meeting everyone in the Duty Free family. We met a lot of great people, did a lot of new business and, most importantly, began some friendships that we’re sure will last a lifetime.
Thanks again to each and every one of you – can’t wait to see you next year in Niagara Falls!
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Alouette Quarterback Calvillo
Dons Proudly Canadian Jersey
Montreal Alouette Quarterback Anthony Calvillo joined Proudly Canadian
President, Domenico Ciarallo recently at Montreal landmark Moishes
Restaurant as part of a charity supper. Anthony Calvillo leads
his CFL Alouettes in one of his best years on record with his
eye on the 2008 Grey Cup in front of the home town crowd. A fan
favorite, Calvillo and his family live full time in Montreal, a
city that Calvillo calls home. When not on the field, Calvillo also
enjoys a fast paced game of ball hockey and he will definitely
put his Proudly Canadian jersey to good use! Touchdown Alouettes!
Representing Canada With Pride
Early one morning prior to a recent sporting goods show in southern
Ontario, I had no idea what I was about to experience through
the meeting of a Hamilton born Canadian soldier. I have heard
through radio, television and newspaper of these war time circumstances,
but today I was learning them first hand from one of Canada’s
A hometown hero, Christopher Gillis, a 28 year old gentle giant,
sits in front of me, bearded and soft spoken recounting his experiences
of the past six months during his tour of duty in Afghanistan.
After 6 months in Zhari and Panjwayi of the Kandahar province,
I’m told of the daily routine of these brave Canadian men.
With scorching heat averaging between 55-60 degrees Celsius daily,
they conduct their daily patrols and help locals protect and police
Local townspeople, elders and young children alike smile and
extend their hands in appreciation for the safely and calm they
feel because of the presence of Christopher and his Canadian comrades.
While not on patrol, the Canadian soldiers communicated with
their families through daily email and phone services sharing
2 terminals with 20 minute time limits.
Their work did not come without pain and suffering as several
troops within his troop lost their lives. Unlike Christopher,
they would not return home to the loving arms of their mothers,
as did Christopher with mom Colleen.
He stated that “my mother and I both did a tour of duty
in Afghanistan” explaining the worry that plagued his mother
during those 180 days.
The question I posed Christopher prior to ending our conversation
is whether he would do it again and his answer is what I expected
from this mature individual. “It’s a good thing we’re
doing… I believe in what we’re doing… and we
are making a difference”
“We are Canadian sons and daughters representing Canada
Jim Cuddy a Hit at Local Charity Tournament
Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo dons Proudly Canadian hockey jersey at Rob Weir Memorial Charity Tournament.
Rob Weir Memorial Charity Tournament began in 1995 as a tribute to his father, who died of a massive heart attack at age 46 while playing hockey in October 1993. In early years, the tournament consisted of four men’s teams who collected donations for Heart & Stroke – bringing in between $800 and $1,300 per year.
In 2007, the tournament grew to 28 teams and had 2 women's teams play an exhibition game. This was our best year where we raised over $78K. After the success of this Rob pitched the Heart and Stroke on the concept that this could work in other locations and they agreed. So after 13 years of volunteering, Rob proudly took on a role to start up 3 new tourneys across Ontario.
So far the first 2 new expansion tourneys have been so much fun and very successful! We may be adding more before the end of the year. Check back for more info soon.
For the past eight years, the NHL Old-timers, have contributed greatly to the success of the tournament, where the participants have the opportunity to play hockey against some of their own heroes! Other notable celebrities who have taken part in the past include Brian McFarlane, Bryan Lewis (former chief NHL Referee), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC - The Hour), Andrew Scott (Sloan) and Gord Downie (Tragically Hip).