The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's Team In Training (TNT) has led more than 450,000 volunteers in raising more than $1 billion for blood-cancer research, public education, and patient-aid programs. As participants fundraise to qualify for a fall-season race ($3,500–$5,000 minimum based on the event), they also receive a 24-week training program under the tutelage of esteemed coaches who prepare team members to run, walk, or form a chorus kick-line during marathons and half-marathons. Upon reaching fundraising goals, registrants receive entrance to their chosen event, including airfare and a two- to three-night hotel stay.
Channeling his 10-year career as professional hockey player, owner and head instructor Marek Babic helps players of all ages become better hockey players. At his on-ice training center, he and his instructors lead youngsters and adults in sharpening their skills through private instruction and team sessions. The dedicated coaches will customize sessions to their players' needs, focusing on skating, shooting, or dodging checks with graceful triple lutzes. They also lead intensive youth summer camps onsite or in tours across Europe.
Those seeking to improve their successful shot percentage can practice drills at the shooting range or get a peep at their technique with the center's video shot-analysis system.
Stocked with locally sourced ingredients, Dinner Factory decorates dining-room tables with a rotating selection of creative meals custom assembled by each customer in its culinary workshop. After Dinner Factory's prep team chops and minces its preordained grocery list into celebratory confetti shreds, household heads can flock to its community kitchen to fashion a family feast in around 30 minutes from a monthly menu of 14 entree options serving four to six portions each. Customers equipped with detailed station instructions enlist hormone-free meat and poultry from farms within 100 miles to anchor their meal creations, such as coconut crusted chicken with rice and snap peas or the summer-favourite Hawaiian teriyaki chicken burgers. Customers can also fill fridges and freezers with refined and healthful stovetop staples, such as seafood risotto, a collection of prawns, scallops, and crabmeat combined with a white wine stock, onion, saffron, crushed garlic, and rice. In addition to alleviating supper anxiety, Dinner Factory also caters to healthful homes by allowing customers to leave out any undesired ingredients from each recipe, and includes gluten-free alternatives and whole-wheat bread and pasta.
Bacchus Cafe & Wine Bar's rotating menu complements the freshness of ingredients used, many of which are sourced from local suppliers. Visitors rest in a vibrant, art-filled space, lounging like child princes on couches and stools while enjoying delectably prepared tapas. Evening diners nosh on light items, such as an herb-crusted, Italian-style sardine ($6), oven-baked between crusty bruschetta and melty mozzarella, or a truffle oil-kissed mushroom and spinach crostini ($13). Meat-seeking taste buds pen four-verse love-raps for the calamari, prawn, and chorizo, served with sautéed onion, garlic, and peppers ($15), or the spice-marinated bison meatballs, bursting with mozzarella and baked in tomato sauce ($17).
At Movimento, owner Juan Medrano and his team of trainers guide clients through training and nutrition programs designed to instill long-lasting healthy lifestyle habits. Instead of focusing on shedding an extra 10 pounds or looking toned, trainees are encouraged to commit to improving their health in ways that affect every aspect of their lives. Trainers work to make fitness routines exciting and fun, and strive to create a motivational and supportive environment for every client.
Lime-green and bright-blue walls flank the brightly lit facility, where clients choose from three types of training sessions: 1-on-1, semiprivate in a group of up to four, and larger group classes. Supplementing the calorie-incinerating routines are seasonally available nutrition programs.
What began in 1998 as a business run out of Diane Shaw and John Foo's basement has blossomed into an empire of three brick-and-mortar shops, a warehouse, and an online emporium bursting with handy teaching tools and toys. Education Station's extensive collection supports the healthy mental and physical development of kids of all ages, whether they're honing fine motor skills or penning thought-provoking postmodern critiques of children's literature. Youngsters share quality time with parents and siblings over informative games, puzzles, and playthings, and teachers shape bright young minds with classroom supplies and lesson-plan supplements. Each shiny new e-book, fun toy, and challenging puzzle is hand-selected and fosters long-term learning and intellectual development.