Welcome to the Calgary MSA Regional Conference 2015!

Our theme this year is ‘Why wait to Enjoy the Journey?’

We were inspired by these two talks: President Monson ‘Finding Joy in the Journey‘ and Mindy Anne Levitt ‘Life More Abundant

Feel free to take a look at those uplifting talks and get ready for a great weekend!

We will be having an ASL interpreter for our Saturday workshops and Sunday Sacrament, so please let our friends and members who are deaf or hard of hearing know so they can join in on a weekend of Fun and Sprituality!

Don’t miss the pre-conference start at the Calgary Albert Temple for an endowment session on Thursday, June 4th, 2015.

With all the great workshops, activities, prizes, food and music you will be sure to meet new people from near and far and have a fun time doing it!

 

Enjoy the journey!

PastActivities

SKYLINE LUGE

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The Calgary Luge is the world’s longest Luge track.  Experience a course of 5905 feet of twists and turns while dropping over 328 feet. The Luge is a unique wheeled gravity ride that provides riders full control over their descent.  Thrill seekers will enjoy the adrenaline rush of having 2 runs down this adventurous ride!

SPRUCE MEADOWS

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Spruce Meadows’ the ‘National’ hosts the best show jumping and athletes from around the word. Be a part of the live broadcast of the contest on Saturday June 6th from 2-4pm.  If you would like to explore the grounds instead, enjoy shopping, face painting, wagon rides, and the all time favourite Prairie Dogs or Frist Responder shows.

CANOEING

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Explore the water at Glenmore reservoir in a recreational canoe as one of our outdoor alternatives.  We will have the canoes, mandatory life vests, and paddles. All you need to do is bring our water wings and a great attitude. Relax in the greenspace by the water before or after a turn in the canoes.

ARCHERY

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In eight acres of unspoiled scenery with a target area, volunteer coaches will keep the event safe and informative while allowing participants to have fun while learning the archery basics. This is a great way to get outside and learn something new.

ROLLERSKATING

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Lloyd’s has been bringing Calgary the best in roller-skating fun for many years.   Make lasting memories or re-live some old ones as you groove to tunes on that smooth floor with some new and old friends from conference.

 

Past Prizes

Just for attending the conference, you will have chances of winning any of the following prizes:

 

Movie Lovers… Win one of the date night options below just by showing up!

Cineplex package includes:

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2 general admissions, 2 regular soft drinks,1 regular popcorn

Landmark Cinemas Night Out:

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2 Adult Admissions, 2 Regular Drinks, 2 Regular Popcorn

The Clayground Ceramic Studio

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Let your  creativity bloom and imbue blank ceramics with personal touches if you win this prize for 2.

The Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm

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A family/group of 4 will receive access to the corn mazes, mini golf, petting zoo, pig races, and a tractor train, among other activities. In the Friendly Fire game, you will wield a specially outfitted paintball gun and attempt to hit fellow combatants with foam Nerf balls.

Ceroc Calgary Dance Instruction

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Win 6 dance classes for 2 where instructors guide groups through modern jive moves and a fusion of jive and salsa.Banff Trail Riders

The grand prize that will be drawn on Saturday is a one-hour guided horseback tour for 2 where you get to explore river and creek side trails on horseback.

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Past Speakers

 

SATURDAY

PAUL LeBARON

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Paul LeBaron will be our Keynote Speaker on Saturday morning and he is a member of the Pleasant View Ward in the Huntington Beach, California Stake. He currently serves as a High Priests Group Leader. He has previously served as Elders Quorum President and Counselor, Young Men’s President and Counselor, Sunday School President, Primary teacher, Nursery Leader, and as a missionary in the Argentina, Resistencia Mission. Paul married his wife Jennifer in the Los Angeles Temple 22 years ago, and they are the parents to three amazing children.

Paul is a 22-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department in Los Angeles County, CA. He currently is assigned as the Commander over the Detectives Division in the Investigations Bureau. His prior assignments include Field Training Officer and Field Training Supervisor, Internal Affairs, Undercover Narcotics Supervisor and Undercover Vice Detective. Paul is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Communication Studies, and less than one year away from earning a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management.

Paul LeBaron is also a facilitator for the Tools for Tolerance Program for Law Enforcement at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. He has conducted training for audiences from the United States and Canada that include classes on leadership, ethics and integrity.

In his spare time Paul has also been a youth soccer coach for over 20 years, a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts of America, and he played on the gold medal winning soccer team in the 2009 Western States Police and Fire Olympic Games. We are excited to hear him talk about his experiences making that transition from deep undercover vice detective back to regular life and what he has learned from the Lord.

HEATHER BURTON

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Heather Burton can’t wait to meet you — she’s been getting ready for this meet-up for about 50 years. During that time, she’s worked through painful shyness, perpetually disappointing hair, chronic book addiction, sleeplessness (9 kids), and the stunning reality that life is often something other than rainbows and lollipops.Currently, Heather’s in the middle of being a writer, alternative education advocate/teacher, conflict resolution coach, and chicken boss. Her favourite colour is blue, language: Hebrew, book: The Book of Mormon (because it helps make sense of all the other books), and pastime: playing in dirt, often with fresh veggies in mind.

Her favourite calling has been Primary worker,

 full-time missionary, Cub and 11 Year Old Scout leader, Relief Society teacher, Young Women’s adviser, Girls’ Camp coordinator, and youth conference director. 🙂 

Having called Ontario, BC, Utah and Japan “home,” Heather now lives near Waterton National Park with her family and llamas. 

A brief description of the workshop she will be presenting:

Get your life ON!Every morning, we make a series of choices. By nightfall, we’ve reaped the consequences. In “Get Your Life ON,” we’ll consider three “breakfast decisions” that can make your nighttime routine a thoughtful celebration of the gift of 24 hours. Repeat 365 times, and you’ll have a year-like-no-other. Make that part of your unique style, and you’ll be the owner of an unforgettable life.

 

SUNDAY

MATT HARKER

10313748_10152985606041745_5386196730368770375_nBrother Harker was raised in Sherwood Park just east of Edmonton. He married Sharon Francis the Cardston Temple in the summer of 1999 and has three children.  As a graduate of Forensic Anthropology from UofA, Brother Harker specialized in Archaeological Osteology and spent some time digging six thousand year old graves in southern Siberia just off the coast of Lake Baikal and then transitioned to his current career the oil sands around Fort McMurray.

Matt served in the Latvia Riga Mission and learned Latvian, Russian and Latvian sign language.  He currently serves on the High Council and has held callings as first councilor in the Bishopric, Young Men’s and early morning Seminary teacher.

Matt Harker loves to sing and just played the part of the evil landlord in Michael McLean’s “The Garden”.  We look forward to enjoying his talent as a teacher for our joint Relief Society and Priesthood class.

Past Food

Friday

Dinner – Various popular choices of pizza. There will also be vegetarian, cheese, and limited gluten free pizzas ordered. The concession at Shakers will be open from 7pm – 11:30pm that night as well so you can purchase extra fun treats like cotton candy and nachos all night. Gluten free pizza information pictured below.

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Saturday

Breakfast – Eggs, salsa, bagels, cereal, muffins, and fruit will be provided. Various condiments, milk and soy or almond milk substitutes will be available as well.

Lunch – Your choice sandwiches (including vegetarian) will be supplied with snacks. Sandwich options including Gluten free wraps pictured below.

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Dinner – Supplied by Olive Garden.

Breadsticks and Salad. Soup

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Entree and side

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Various desserts including Gluten free cheesecake.

Sunday

Lunch – Subway sandwiches plus snacks and a beverage.

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