19 Completely Awesome Things Canadians Did In 2014 Just another year being eh-plus people.
Lee Ballantyne, who lost his wife a month before, had only one request for the couple: to "pay it forward."
The ATM gave every customer a $20 bill, but other random and personalized surprises were flowers, more cash, baseball swag (to a huge Blue Jays fan), and plane tickets around the world.
The bank gave the customers $30,000 and 24 hours to do one thing: #MakeTodayMatter by carrying out a good deed. They identified 24 people with the most inspirational ideas and then surprised them with the resources to allow them to actualize their goals.
Ontario native Michael Mulligan is in a wheelchair himself, so he knew "how hard it can be to get into places." He decided to spend the $30,000 on constructing a ramp for his neighbour Rose so she could regain her independence. It was the first time in four years she was able to get out of her house.
In the same initiative, someone else threw a glamourous gala for children in foster care. The joy and gratitude of this one-day initiative was felt around the world.
And explained why:
"The coin represents gay pride. I chose the rainbow because the rainbow is the gay pride flag. I chose the gay pride flag because it's okay to be gay in Canada. I chose the girls holding hands and 2 boys holding hands because gay means love with a person in your gender. I chose black because black represents guilt & sorrow. If you were in a different country where you aren't allowed to be gay in and you are gay you would feel guilt & sorrow. That's why I chose gay pride as my coin."
At the time, the initiative was seen as the antithesis to the
anti-homeless spikes installed outside of buildings in London.
And instead left a different message at the mosque, like, "You ARE home."
The 20 pups found in a field in Saskatchewan (left), and toy donations from one Canadian family (right).
Because we're just those kind of neighbours.
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