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Random acts of kindness

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A kind gesture brings a memento for life

 A friend of mine called and asked if I wanted to see celebrity astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson speak, for the first time in Canada, at the University of Manitoba in March. I said, "Of course." Immediately I knew I was going to bring my copy of his book, Space Chronicles, to get signed if possible.

His speech did not disappoint. When it was over, I expected to hear where he would be signing books, but there wasn’t an announcement.

I learned on the way out that he would be at the University Centre, so I decided to walk over as my friend turned to go home.

I entered the building and saw Dr. David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the university, speaking with Dr. Tyson. He seemed to be quite busy making his way through the hall, but I wanted to know where the book signing was.

I introduced myself to Dr. Barnard and asked where to go. Kindly he told me that the book signing was for the VIP guests and asked if I had a pass. I explained that I did not have one. He asked someone if there was a pass available but there were none. I figured my luck had run out.

As I was about to turn away and leave, Dr. Barnard stopped me and asked for my book. He said he was going for dinner with Dr. Tyson later that evening and would see if he could sign it then. I was astonished and promptly handed it over.

The book arrived the following Tuesday in the mail signed by Dr. Tyson and accompanied by a photo. I was ecstatic!

I couldn’t believe that the president of the University of Manitoba took time during his very busy day, with such a prominent figure as Dr. Tyson on campus, to help out a complete stranger.

 — Jason Bourgeois



Ingenuity helps Good Samaritan return keys 

My fiancé had dropped his keys while walking downtown. I was just getting ready to leave my work when a young man, possibly a University of Winnipeg student, walked in and asked if I knew who owned the Escape in the parking lot. I said I knew the owner, and he pulled the keys out of his pocket and said, "Then these would be yours."

I was speechless. He said that he found them near Portage Avenue and Colony Street and decided to make it his mission to find the owner.

We found out just how useful the panic button is on the vehicle key as that is what alerted him to the vehicle. Another person might have gotten in and driven away but not this Good Samaritan.

We are so very grateful. This act of kindness has restored our faith in humanity. I promised the young man that I would pay it forward, and I will. Thank you.

— Kathy Doering


Mystery helper surprises

 One snowy morning, I was looking out my living room window. A stranger came down the sidewalk carrying a shovel. When he reached our walkway, he cleared the snow out to the street.

Finished there, he turned around and cleared the sidewalk right up to our front door.

It was a heartwarming surprise.

— Marsha Bowyer


Another mystery helper

I do not know the name of the person who acted as the "snow angel" in our St. Vital neighbourhood, but I believe he lives on Springside Drive.

Over the course of the horrendous winter we had, he went down the street clearing the city sidewalk, with his own snowblower, on several occasions.

If I am correct, he is a senior citizen, who knows how awful it would be for someone to fall and not be able to get up without some help.

So, many kudos to this very nice gentleman who has made it a lot easier for some of the residents in this area, including the mothers who deliver their children to the tiny tots program and have to walk there and back.

— G. Thompson


Jack’s in town

 I would like to thank the woman sitting in the sixth row next to "Jack Nicholson" at the Mavericks concert. Her outgoing personality and dancing spirit made an already great evening even better.

— Barbie Jay





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