Festive Family Feast: Social Capital At Its Best

Last night I “hosted” the LiveWorkPlay Festive Family Feast. I am not exactly sure at this moment when we did this for the first time, but really it’s an outgrowth of one of the first community gathering efforts we (“we” being what is now LiveWorkPlay) ever came up with. It all started as a “Holiday brunch” in December 1998. There are some major differences – the key one being not making the food ourselves – but that’s a story for another time!

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Last night about 200 people came out and probably someone who works in the “event organizer” business would have thrown a fit. But they’d be missing the beauty of what goes on – nobody needs to be entertained or told what to do. This is hard core Al Condeluci social capital and interdependence at work.

At one point I talked with Julie and we considered never saying anything at all (we were into the second of four courses by this point and and everyone was having a blast) but it made sense to publicly accept a $5000 donation from Ontario Realtors Care and also to say goodbye to Rebecca who is heading to BC and say hello to Alastair who is new to the staff team. It’s been an interesting journey to a place where I feel comfortable and in fact rather joyful at 200 person dinner where the interaction between the guests is by far the most important feature. That might be profoundly important, don’t you think?

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PS: I did the lighting, including an LED strand wrapped around my head. I wanted to be festive but I don’t wear hats, I already run too hot.

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About Keenan Wellar

I'm a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of local social change charitable organization LiveWorkPlay.ca which supports a good life for people with intellectual disabilities. I'm a very active user of social media. Find me on Facebook http://fb.me/kwellar on Twitter @SocialKeenan on LinkedIn http://tiny.cc/keenanw. I also manage organizational accounts http://fb.me/liveworkplayfans and @LiveWorkPlay. I make a lot of connections locally and worldwide with people who share my belief in inclusive communities, but I also talk sports, food, and travel, and there are few topics that offend me, so please don't be shy.
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2 Responses to Festive Family Feast: Social Capital At Its Best

  1. Ellyce Leduc says:

    Ah, this is great!!!

    PS: Making the food yourselves?! Please explain, I must know.

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