What giving your time can do to you! My baseball story!

How we pulled off a real life Field of Dreams!

Parents of children with special needs team-up with volunteers to raise hundreds of thousands to build an accessible baseball field.

If you’ve thought about volunteering but never got to it because you haven’t found your passion or can’t imagine your time would make a difference…


Think again!

I am so proud to be a part of the Field of Dreams Baseball Program and to volunteer my time, ideas and expertise alongside Pat and Charline who started this and managed to rallied volunteers around their vision.


We are a small but mighty group of 6 volunteer board members, 4 of us are parents of players on the team. The other 2 are just angels 😇 … They are fully dedicated to this program and whatever makes them do this, I am grateful for and I feel privileged to be part of the magic.

This year, our program has 54 players divided over 2 levels (junior and senior teams). This is our biggest group of players yet and I can see our numbers continue to increase as more people learn about it.

In June 2014, after months of fundraising, we took 19 of our players and their family to Toronto to play baseball in the home of the Blue Jays!


While selling chocolate bars and participating in many initiatives to make this trip happen, we started the groundwork on getting our own accessible field.

For more than 2.5 years, we’ve been dreaming about this, reaching out to our city and government. Making plans and working on budgets. We researched grants and made presentations to various level of government and organizations.

With dedication and hard work, we finally announced the beginning of construction this past May after securing commitments from the city of Moncton and the province of New Brunswick.

The city of Moncton, gave us the field to retrofit and donated $167,000 to put towards the cost of our project.

The Province of New Brunswick agreed to match the city’s financial contribution of $167,000.

We had 2/3 of our project funded and 1/3 still to go!

In order to break ground, the city agreed to loan us the remaining $167,000 over 7 years.

Knowing what we had done already, we hoped to be able to secure some grants and sponsorships that would allow us to fund the last ⅓ of this project over a shorter time frame than 7 years.

Like I said above, hard work and dedications…

Over the last 2 weeks, we announced the following donations:

$125,000 from the Jays Care Foundation


$10,000 from our local Pita Pit locations


And $165,000 from Presidents Choice Children’s Charity

How are your math skills?

Did you already figure it out already?

Phase 1 of our Field project (which we had 7 years to find the last 1/3 of the funds) is fully funded within 2 months of the first announcement!


Our teams will have their fully accessible baseball field!

Our players will have a much safer place to play and I am overwhelmed by emotions knowing that I played a small part in this.

Someone asked yesterday, when we announced the PCCC generous donation, what we were going to do now.

Now….

We play Baseball!


We continue to provide this amazing program to as many kids and young adults as we can!

After baseball we go back to the plans and look at what is our next step.

Will it be lights, a score board, a BBQ area (for party), better bathroom facilities, more parking spaces, accessible play area, there are so many things we could do next.

This was never a stand-alone projects in our heads. This was phase 1!

Thank you so much to all involved!

To my fellow board members! Shelley, Tracy, Blaise, Charline and Ruth!
To the Moncton Fishercats for volunteering every week.  You are awesome!
To everyone who contributed to our fundraisers and/or donated to President Choice Children Charity.  We wouldn’t be here without your generosity.

To our Field of Dreams parents for taking the time weekly to take our athletes to the field.
To our volunteers for taking the time to play baseball with our teams and allowing us parents some time to chat amongst ourselves while cheering for our kids! As Emily’s mom, I can say that I never really thought I would do something like that, ever!

And last but not least, thank you to our athletes for being there, having fun and giving it everything they have. You make us want to be better and do more just by being yourselves! Thank you!

Soon, we will have our Field of Dreams!  It’s being built right now!

I wrote about our baseball journey before, you can revisit those posts here:

Some experiences you just can’t buy!

To put the fun back in fundraising!

Autumn bucket list!

Autumn (or fall) is my favorite season!

I love it and I’m always looking forward to it.

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Jake likes it too 🙂

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Scarlet Pen over at 28 and counting inspired me to do this post…

Please take 2 minutes to go see her list!

So here I am… Thinking that I should be able to find 40 things I would like to do this fall…

Between Sept 23rd and Dec 21st 2015 I have 90 days to do the following activities which I divided in 3 categories.

Family activities!

1. Get Emily ready for Halloween – Week 2

2. Visit a pumpkin patch and pick 3 pumpkins – Week 1

3. Spend an afternoon painting pumpkin

4. Go apple picking – Week 2

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5. Go to the drive in one last time – Week 1

6. Schedule fall family pictures with Lise

7. Hop on a hay ride – Week 1

8. Go to zombie wars with Jon

9. Buy our favorite Halloween candies and keep them for us 🍭🍬🍫- Week 1

10. On Halloween night, dress-up with Em and catch a movie while eating our favorite Halloween candies

11. Jump in puddles with Em

12. Jump in a pile of leaves with Jon and Em

13. Finish organizing Em’s room

14. Make cookies with Em and let her eat as many as she wants🍪🍪

15. Catch a Wildcats game – Week 2

16.  Trim our Christmas tree 🎄

17. Go on a fall foliage drive to Fundy with Jon and Em🍂🍃🍁 – tried during week 2…

18. Make puzzles with Jon and Em – Week 2

Give back activities (charities, friends/colleagues, fur pets)

19. Send cupcakes to school with Emily just because

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20. Help with the United Way campaign at work – Week 2

21. Make binders for Em’s cheer coach with all the info I’m gathering for them – Week 1

22. Bring my “famous” (not really!) tuna casserole to Em’s horseback riding year-end potluck party

23. Make a pumpkin flavored dessert for Sue’s birthday 🎂

24. Take Jake and Maple to the groomer

25. Donate a turkey to the turkey drive

26. Help deliver Christmas food box with my team

27. Buy a wreath from a charity

28. Make Halloween treat bags for my team members 🎃

29. Bring goodies for the next bake sale at work

30. Hand write Christmas cards for our extended family members

Personal growth

31. Dehydrate apple slices

32. Perform a random act of kindness – Week 1

33. Mail the Christmas cards I wrote earlier (yes, I’ve forgotten to do that in the past)

34. Change my hair color

35. Drink a pumpkin spice latté – Week 1

(I’m not looking forward to this but it should make Sue happy to know that I’m willing to try)

36. Drink warm apple cidre

37. Try a new fall soup recipe

38. Bake an apple pie

39. Document my bucket list with pictures (preferably with my Canon T5i but my iPhone pictures will be accepted) – on-going!

40. Blog about my progress weekly

Week 1 – Items # 2-5-7-9-21-32-33

Week 2 – items #1-4-15-18-20

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There you have it!  Now I need to print my list and start carrying my camera!

What about you?  What’s on your list?  Is there anything I forgot?