Rotarians Up On The Roof

After just 3 days of work, we are all amazed at how well the house is coming together.


Parksville Rotary Erection in Mexico!

Now everyone get your minds out of the gutter - today was a huge day for Rotary Team Mexico as we now have a house where once stood a bare cement pad. Amazing teamwork was in evidence throughout the day as the walls were raised, rooms were divided, interior and exterior walls were painted, the roof panels are on, and windows are cut. We are amazed at what happened today and we can't wait to see how much we accomplish tomorrow!


Parksville AM Rotary Team Mexico

Rotary Team Mexico now has its first day under its belt - tired yet satisfied with a good day's work, we enjoyed a delicious Mexican meal prepared by the Live Different staff and before long, people started drifting off to an early night. Dormitory style accommodations are comfortable despite unseasonably warm and humid weather, combined with barking dogs which made sleep elusive for some.


A Circle in the Dirt, and a Handful of Bottle Caps

For many of us, our childhood was a time spent goofing off with friends. It was a period in which going on adventures and diving into our imaginations replaced the bills, responsibility, and the world of adulthood which surrounded us but remained in our peripherals until we got older.


It’s Aaaalive!

This is the first official blog from team number one, and it’s a little bit late in the making since this is supposed to be a weekly blog and we have been together for almost a month now... But we feel as if now is when we are starting to look at how far we have come in the last month.


Rooftop Reveries

Throughout the course of our lives, we often experience what I usually call "panarama moments," - a split second where time seems to slow and sound ceases to exist.  These moments tend to stand out in our minds and allow us to fully take in our surroundings, to experience everything that is going on around us in a pure and focused way, and to find a new appreciation for the situation at hand.  



Zak McDonald - Live Different

A growing underground comedy scene has been blossoming in Steel Town with names like Jason Rouse, JR Digs, Manolis Zontanos, Patrick Coppolino and more getting national and international attention spotlighting Hamilton’s dark, twisted, goofy and funny character. This weekend, Zak McDonald, one of the newer additions to Hamilton comedy, is set to take some of the darkness of his life and shine a new light on it as he headlines a comedy/variety/fundraiser event for a national motivational tour.



Hamilton man uses comedy to overcome troubled childhood

Zak McDonald overcame a difficult past and now hopes to inspire changewith his cross-country comedy tour

Read it here: http://www.thespec.com/living-story/4732817-hamilton-man-uses-comedy-to-overcome-troubled-childhood/



Sunny Sunday Salutations from Baja!

What do you get when you unleash nineteen Dayspringers who are catching or possibly passing their fourth wind on a cement pad in the town of Vincente Guerroro? 2 beautiful homes, dusty clothing, a bunch of slivers, faith, love, and gratitude!


Two Families, Two Nationalities, One Home

My name is Hannah and I’m an intern in the Dominican Republic this summer. Today was our first work day for public trip #2. The two families we are building for are strong single mothers with beautiful children. The two families will be sharing a duplex. One family is Dominican and the other Haitian.



All that we expected and more

So far, our Live Different experience has been all that we had expected and more. Today was our last day working towards building the house, and it was really rewarding seeing it come together.


Building Strong Bonds

Today was the last house building day of our trip in the Dominican Republic. It was really amazing to see everything come together, but it was sad to think that my time here is almost over. We’ve all worked so hard but had so much fun while doing it, not letting any language barrier stop us from building strong bonds with community members, other workers, and children.


Building, Bonding, and Bubble Blowing

Today was an exhilarating first day of our build of Maria and Carlos’ house. As soon as we arrived on the site, we sprang into action and everyone quickly dug into the many different tasks that needed to be done.


Addicted to Change

Joining the Boston Pizza Foundation on their annual Hero Holiday trip with Live Different for the second time has been the most gratifying experience I could ever ask for. I came here thinking I knew what to expect because I've experienced it before but I was very wrong. Although the trip has a similar structure, I was able to revisit families I met last year, build many new relationships, and connect with the community on a deeper level. Three deserving families received brand new, safe, dry homes.



Incredible Treasure

Trying to prepare yourself for something you have never experiences before is like diving from a 20ft cliff without knowing how shallow or deep the water is.


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