As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Showing posts with label events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label events. Show all posts

Friday, April 24, 2015

Teach. Love. Inspire. Hope.

Today we celebrated autism awareness at a Starbucks in downtown Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.

There was a table set up where you could colour an autism awareness ribbon, get your face painted by Brazen Pirate Face Painting, or learn more about autism from the team at Autism Society of British Columbia.

Bryce was all smiles as he was getting a blue puzzle piece painted on his arm (with glitter!) Thanks, Lizzy the Pirate from Brazen Pirate Face Painting.

It was really nice talking to everyone from Autism Society of British Columbia. They are an incredibly awesome team to have at any event to help promote autism awareness. They provided a ton of information and are just real people who understand autism and are there for you and your community.

Thank you, Starbucks, for hosting this event and bringing your community together in support of autism awareness!!!!!

I want you to know that it is absolutely beautiful that you were willing to TEACH your community about autism awareness, acceptance, and understanding. How much you LOVE and support your community enough to do this for them and hopefully INSPIRE many more autism awareness events throughout your community. And I personally HOPE this is something you will continue every year.

Always fight for what you believe! Always be the best advocate for your child! Always make things right!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#CANFamFest Canucks Autism Network Family Festival 2015

Join me and my family on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:30pm at Jack Poole Plaza at the Canucks Autism Network Family Festival in celebration of Autism Awareness month!

The event will include a pledged walk, BBQ lunch, live entertainment featuring Charlotte DiamondNearly Neil (huge fan!!), an appearance by hockey legend Trevor Linden, and lots of family friendly activities!

Canucks Autism Network Family Festival

We encourage you to invite your friends, families, neighbours, and colleagues to come out in support of people living with autism in our community!

Please support the Canucks Autism Network by signing up as a fundraiser today and make an impact on the lives of individuals and families living with autism in British Columbia.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya and Bryce

For more information about this event, to make a donation, or to sign up to fundraise click here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy birthday, Canada!

Unfortunately we weren’t able to be part of the Canada Day at Canada Place parade as planned, but we still celebrated Canada Day the best way… with each other!

Big thank you to my mom, my sister, and Wendy for enduring probably one of the hottest days of the year so far and blowing bubbles and selling bubble blowers at the Squamish Canada Day Community Celebration.

Thank you to the Squamish committee for having them be part of your Canada Day celebration!

Happy birthday, Canada!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celebrate Canada Day the best way… with Bubbles!

This year we’ll be celebrating Canada Day the best way… with bubbles!

Join us at either of these events where we will be blowing bubbles as we wish Canada a happy 147th birthday!

If you’re in Vancouver, join me and Bryce as we team up with Andrew the Crazy Canuck and Kyle the Canuck Piper of A&K Crazy Canucks Society and blow bubbles at Canada Day at Canada Place!

Canada Day at Canada Place

We’ll also be in the Canada Day at Canada Place parade with them! (Thank you so much, Andrew and Kyle!!)

… OR …

If you’re in Squamish, join us at the Squamish Canada Day Community Celebration where my mom and my sister will be selling bubble blowers and blowing bubbles!

Squamish Canada Day Community Celebration

We hope to see you at either event!

Happy birthday, Canada!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Covering Commercial Drive in Bubbles #DriveFest

Today we covered Commercial Drive in bubbles at Car Free Day Vancouver!

Car Free Day is a family-friendly, fun, and safe event with entertainment, activities, and an opportunity to engage with your local community, and of course, lots of bubbles! Car Free Vancouver’s Mission: Less Cars = More Community.

We were invited to blow bubbles and sell our bubble blowers and raise some autism awareness!

Special thanks to my mom and sister for coming out and helping me! We had a blast making Vancouver smile! Thank you, Klynt, for inviting us and we’ll see you next year with EVEN MORE bubbles!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

P.S. A big thank you to everyone who came and played in our bubbles! We had a ton of fun! If you took pictures of our bubbles please feel free to share them on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter! We’d love to see them!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Car Free Day Vancouver 2014

Join us for Car Free Day Vancouver on Sunday, June 15th, 2014 (Father’s Day) as we take back the streets of Vancouver!

Car Free Day Vancouver logo

Car Free Day is a family-friendly, fun, and safe event with entertainment, activities, and an opportunity to engage with your local community. Car Free Vancouver’s Mission: Less Cars = More Community.

Car Free Day Vancouver Drive Fest

This years festival is spread out to four different parts of Vancouver:

  • Commercial Drive
    Where: Venables Street to North Grandview Highway/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane
    When: Sunday, June 15th, 2014 from noon to 7pm
  • Kitsilano
    Where: Various block parties throughout Kitsilano
    When: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 and Sunday, June 15th, 2014
  • Main Street
    Where: Broadway to 30th Avenue
    When: Sunday, June 15th, 2014 from noon to 7pm
  • West End
    Where: Denman Street between Davie Street and Robson Street
    When: Sunday, June 15th, 2014 from noon to 6pm

Come join us at the Commercial Drive festival as we celebrate a day that’s all about the community! We’ll be blowing bubbles by the Kid Zone in front of Grandview Park! Their will be tons of fun for everyone!

Hope to see you there!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Monday, June 2, 2014

Downtown Squamish Summer Nights

Hey Squamish!

Join my mom and sister every Friday night as they cover Cleveland Avenue in bubbles during Downtown Squamish Summer Nights!

Downtown Squamish Summer Nights

Cleveland Avenue will be transformed into a gathering place filled with food, music, family, and friends. Local food stalls will be set up offering a wide selection of tasty treats. Buskers & Street Entertainers will be stationed throughout the street. Family activities will be scattered along the street to engage the young and the young at heart. Come downtown to mingle with your neighbours and be part of the community that is what Squamish is all about.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thank you, MishMash Preschool!

MishMash Preschool had a fundraiser today to help support their fury four legged friends at Canine Valley. They invited my mom and my sister to set up a table and sell bubble blowers and blow bubbles for everyone!

Big shout out and huge thanks to MishMash Preschool for inviting my mom and sister to blow bubbles and sell bubble blowers at their Open House and fundraiser event!

Thanks so much for your support!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Thursday, January 16, 2014

“One of the most inspirational moments”

Tonight I had the privilege of sharing my story at the YVR Bloggers Meetup. I was so nervous speaking to the group but everyone was so great and supportive it made me smile.

[VIDEO] Sharing my story at the YVR Bloggers Meetup

Everyone was very supportive and compassionate.

One of the most inspirational moments of tonight’s YVR Bloggers Meetup was hearing Tanaya from Bubbles Make Him Smile share about how she raises money to support her son Bryce who has autism. All of our bloggers had tears in their eyes hearing Tanaya’s passion for her son!!

Make sure you support Tanaya’s mission by following her blog and buying a bubble gun at: http://www.BubblesMakeHimSmile.com/

- Ricky Shetty, DaddyBlogger.com

I’d like to thank Ricky Shetty from DaddyBlogger.com for giving us a sponsor table at the meetup to sell our bubble blowers and an opportunity to speak at the event and talk about BubblesMakeHimSmile.com

Special thanks to everyone at YVR Bloggers for your continued support! We really appreciate it.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

YVR Bloggers is a passionate community of bloggers based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information please visit: http://www.YVRBloggers.com

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I’m speaking at an event!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be at the first YVR Bloggers Meetup of 2014 with Bryce sharing our story!

I’d like to give a huge shout out and big thanks to Ricky Shetty of DaddyBlogger.com for giving us a sponsor table at the meetup to sell our bubble blowers and an opportunity to speak at the event and talk about BubblesMakeHimSmile.com.

This sold out event will be held on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 from 6pm-9pm at Strut Studios in Downtown Vancouver with special guest speaker Janice Croze from 5 Minutes For Mom talking about “How to Monetize Your Blog.” Janice will discuss how she has built a profitable business through her blog and share some strategies of how bloggers can build their brand and make money blogging.

I am very excited and nervous as I’ve never spoken at an event before. Can’t wait! Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

YVR Bloggers is a passionate community of bloggers based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information please visit: http://www.YVRBloggers.com

Saturday, December 7, 2013

YVR Bloggers Christmas Party

I’ll be attending the YVR Bloggers Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, selling our bubble blowers with partial proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army.

YVR Bloggers

The event takes place from 6pm to 9pm at the Waterfall Building with Keynote Speaker and Facebook Marketing Expert, Matt Astifan who will be discussing “How to use Social Media to Market Your Blog.” Matt will be sharing some tips on how to market your blog on Facebook as well as create more engagement, likes, shares, and comments on your social media.

In addition, they will also have a SEO Panel of Experts including: Bosco Anthony from Bosco Anthony, Emily Chow from Chow Communications, Christian Thomson from Marwick Marketing, Cijaye DePradine from Web Cash Coach, Keith Kidwell from Netsurf Marketing, Christine Nielsen from Ms Pixel, Chuck Anderson from Blissful Parenting, and Bonnie Sainsbury from Social Media Smarter who will be sharing their insights into “How to use Search Engine Optimization to Drive Traffic to your Blog” and some tips on how your blog can be found on Search Engines.

This event will have light snacks, door prizes, and some awesome swag for all the bloggers to take home! Did I mention that Santa will be there? Feel free to bring your kids and a donation for the Salvation Army. They will be collecting clothes, scarfs, jackets, and warm socks to give to the homeless this Christmas.

Santa Photos

I’d like to thank Justin Ruscheinski and Ricky Shetty aka Daddy Blogger for inviting me and allowing me to be a part of this event.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

For more information about YVR Bloggers please visit: http://yvrbloggers.com

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2013

Today we walked with hundreds for the 6th Annual Vancouver Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada at Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

And of course, we blew bubbles!

We had a booth at the resource fair where we shared our lives and experiences as people who loved someone with autism and sold our bubble blowers by donation with partial proceeds benefiting the event.

We’d like to thank everyone who donated to Team Bubbles Make Him Smile for this fundraising event. Your contribution and continued support are always appreciated!

Until next year folks...!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

PS Big shout out and thank you to Autism Speaks Event Coordinator, Anya Walsh, for having us at the event!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

First Ever Bikers For Autism Festival

Today marked the first ever Bikers For Autism (BFA) Festival, presented by Barnes Harley Davidson, as a kick-off to Bikers For Autism’s two-week charity ride to California. We had the honour of being part of it!

Bikers For Autism started as a passionate father and son team (John and James Baker) that strive to make a difference in the lives of children, adults, and families across Canada affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Inspired by a close family member’s journey to raise their six-year old son diagnosed with autism and driven by the chance to fulfill a life long dream of riding across the country on Harleys, Bikers For Autism set out on a 43 day mission in 2012 to spread their message of awareness across an entire country. Backed by the support of Autism Speaks Canada, Barnes Harley Davidson, Lords Of Gastown, Music Heals, and Red Truck Brewery, these two Bikers were able to make a far bigger impact then they ever thought possible.

Extremely huge thanks to James Baker, founder of Bikers for Autism, for having us at his event. We blew bubbles and sold our bubble blowers with partial proceeds benefiting Bikers for Autism and we were very happy to be a part of James journey!

Festivities for today’s event included incredible bands, pig-roast, skateboarding demo, on-site vendors, silent auction, tattoo parlour, barber shop, children’s games and entertainment, face painting, bike detailing, special appearances by Darth Vader of the 501st Legion, Andrew the Crazy Canuck and Kyle Banta, along with representation and full resources from several local autism service providers and children’s charities. Proceeds raised from the event went towards making a difference in the lives of children, adults and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia.

We’d like to give a huge shout out and thank you to our two friends, Andrew the Crazy Canuck and Kyle Banta, for their continued support and helping us blow bubbles for everyone.

We’d also like to thank Sandra and her son, Justin of Jr Media Group - Justin Ruscheinski Photography, for their support as well and beautiful hearts promoting autism awareness, oh and blowing bubbles with us, too!

We had a blast blowing bubbles for everyone and hope everyone enjoyed our bubbles!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bikers for #Autism BFA Festival

Join us on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 for Bikers for Autism (BFA) first ever BFA Festival, presented by Barnes Harley Davidson as a kick-off to Bikers For Autism’s two-week charity ride to California. All proceeds raised will go towards making a difference in the lives of children, adults and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia.

We will be blowing bubbles and selling our bubble blowers with partial proceeds benefiting Bikers for Autism.

Bikers For Autism Festival 2013 Flyer

Bikers for Autism and Barnes Harley Davidson welcomes 99.3 The Fox to present Head of the Herd and special guests Sadie Campbell, Tonye Aganaba and The Foundation at the Barnes Harley-Davidson dealership located at 8859 201st Street in Langley, BC starting at 11:00 a.m. Festivities will include a pig-roast, skateboarding demo, on-site vendors, silent auction, tattoo parlour, barber shop, children’s games/entertainment, face painting, bike detailing along with representation and full resources from several local autism service providers and children’s charities, and of course, bubbles!

“We are more than thrilled to be partnering with Barnes Harley-Davidson for the biggest event so far in Bikers for Autism’s history. This will make a huge difference for families living with autism in BC,” James Baker, BFA founder. 

Bikers For Autism started as a passionate father and son team (John & James Baker) that strive to make a difference in the lives of children, adults and families across Canada affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Inspired by a close family member’s journey to raise their six-year old son diagnosed with autism and driven by the chance to fulfill a life long dream of riding across the country on Harleys. Bikers For Autism set out on a 43 day mission in 2012 to spread their message of awareness across an entire country. Backed by the support of Autism Speaks Canada, Barnes Harley Davidson, Lords Of Gastown, Music Heals, and Red Truck Brewery these two Bikers were able to make a far bigger impact then they ever thought possible.

1 in every 88 children born in Canada and the USA are affected by some form of Autism. This year, immediately following BFA Fest at 4:30 pm join the team of 5 Bikers For Autism for a ride out to the Peace Arch Border Crossing via VPD Drill Team escort as BFA sets out on a 2 week ride for awareness to California.

For more information on Bikes for Autism: www.BikesForAutism.com

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Have a great Marpole Day!

Today we teamed up with Choices Markets, Western Canada’s largest retailer of natural and organic food, and blew bubbles and sold our bubble blowers at their booth at Connecting Marpole Day to help raise autism awareness and funds for Autism Speaks Canada.

Choices Markets partnered up with Autism Speaks Canada and hosted a 12 day “Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece Campaign” in its Greater Vancouver Area stores to raise funds for Autism Speaks Canada. During the campaign, customers could purchase Autism Speaks Canada puzzle pieces in-store at the checkout for $1.00, with all proceeds benefiting the 6th Annual Vancouver Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event, which takes place on September 29th, 2013 at Stanley Park.

To help raise additional funds, Choices Markets hosted a series of barbeques today at their Vancouver and Kelowna locations, with the exception of their Kerrisdale location, which participated at Connecting Marpole Day in lieu of the barbeque.

Connecting Marpole Day celebrates multicultural, intergenerational, and artistic diversity in the community.

Local musicians and entertainers performed throughout the day and their were some activities for kids, and of course, bubbles!

We’d like to thank Marpole Place Neighbourhood for inviting us into their community! We’d also like to thank Choices Markets for having us and letting us blow bubbles and sell our bubble blowers to promote autism awareness!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Friday, August 9, 2013

Connecting Marpole Day

Tomorrow we will team up with Choices Markets, Western Canada’s largest retailer of natural and organic food, and blow bubbles and sell our bubble blowers at their booth at Connecting Marpole Day to help raise autism awareness and funds for Autism Speaks Canada.

Feel free to come by and check out our booth!

When: Saturday, August 10th, 2013 - 11am to 3pm – Rain or shine
Where: 70th & Hudson Street, Vancouver (Kerrisdale)

Connecting Marpole Day 2013

Choices Markets partnered up with Autism Speaks Canada and hosted a 12 day “Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece Campaign” in its Greater Vancouver Area stores to raise funds for Autism Speaks Canada. During the campaign, customers could purchase Autism Speaks Canada puzzle pieces in-store at the checkout for $1.00, with all proceeds benefiting the 6th Annual Vancouver Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event, which takes place on September 29th, 2013 at Stanley Park.

To help raise additional funds, Choices Markets will be hosting a series of barbeques tomorrow at their Vancouver and Kelowna locations, with the exception of their Kerrisdale location, which will be participating in Connecting Marpole Day in lieu of the barbeque. Visit Choices Markets to find a store near you.

Connecting Marpole Day celebrates multicultural, intergenerational, and artistic diversity in the community. Local musicians and entertainers will perform throughout the day and their will be some activities for kids, and of course, bubbles!

Hope to see you there!

For more information about this event, please follow Marpole Place Neighbourhood House on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Taking back the streets of Vancouver

Today we took back the streets of Vancouver at Car Free Day Vancouver... and blew bubbles!

Car Free Day is a family-friendly, fun, and safe event with entertainment, activities, and an opportunity to engage with your local community, and of course, lots of bubbles! Car Free Vancouver’s Mission: Less Cars = More Community.

We were invited to blow bubbles at the Autism Speaks Canada booth and raise some autism awareness!

Special thanks to Leah for inviting us! Was our pleasure!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

P.S. A big thank you to everyone who came and played in our bubbles! We had a ton of fun! If you took pictures of our bubbles please feel free to share them on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter! We’d love to see them!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Car Free Day Vancouver 2013

Join us for Car Free Day Vancouver on Sunday, June 16th, 2013 (Father’s Day) as we take back the streets of Vancouver!

Car Free Day

Car Free Day is a family-friendly, fun, and safe event with entertainment, activities, and an opportunity to engage with your local community. Car Free Vancouver’s Mission: Less Cars = More Community.

Car Free Day Vancouver

This years festival is spread out to four different parts of Vancouver:

  • Commercial Drive
    Where: Venables Street to North Grandview Highway/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane
    When: Sunday, June 16th, 2013 from noon to 7pm
  • Kitsilano
    Where: Various block parties throughout Kitsilano
    When: Saturday, June 15th, 2013 and Sunday, June 16th, 2013
  • Main Street
    Where: Broadway to 30th Avenue
    When: Sunday, June 16th, 2013 from noon to 7pm
  • West End
    Where: Denman Street between Davie Street and Robson Street
    When: Sunday, June 16th, 2013 from noon to 6pm

Come join us at the Commercial Drive festival as we celebrate a day that’s all about the community! We’ll be blowing bubbles at the Autism Speaks Canada booth by the Kid Zone in front of Grandview Park! Their will be tons of fun for everyone!

Hope to see you there!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya

PS Thank you Leah for inviting us to join you!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

We sold out of our bubble blowers in 2 hours!

Today we blew bubbles and sold our bubble blowers at Sapperton Day Street Festival!

The Sapperton Day Street Festival is a non-profit community event put together by the Sapperton Business Association with some help from both the McBride Sapperton Business Association and Wesgroup Properties. This year was the the events 11th consecutive year after returning from a short hiatus. Sapperton Days has been around since the early 1970’s.

This was our first year participating at Sapperton Day Street Festival where we were blowing bubbles and selling our bubble blowers! Partial proceeds of our bubble blower sales benefited the Royal Columbian Hospital for critically needed equipment, research, and innovation to ensure the best medical standards for the future.

We sold out 2 hours into the event which brought in $135 dollars to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation! Oh, and if you left your name and number with us to get a bubble blower from our next order, partial proceeds from those sales will go to the RCH foundation too! Thank you everyone for your support!

Meanwhile, Daniel and Bryce were at the 6th Annual Vancouver Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick Off event at Playland blowing bubbles and showing their support. However, the rain prevented them from going on any rides, so they were given one-day passes to go another day.

We’d like to thank our friends, Allie and Gilles, for helping us out today! Our booth was always busy and we couldn’t of done it without you guys! So thanks so much!

We’d also like to thank the Sapperton Day Street Festival and Sapperton community for welcoming us! We had a great time participating at this event and already looking forward to next year!

Thanks for reading,
Tanaya