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Breakfast in Red Deer. A simple meeting goes a long way.
February 13th, 2014

Breakfast in Red Deer. A simple meeting goes a long way. Read what happened when a group of people reach out and ask for a meeting.

Hi Sean

Thanks again for arranging for our CAPRA (Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance) to meet Frank on Nov 22nd in Red Deer, Alberta.  It was an amazing and highly valuable experience for us as a team. This is the first testimonial I have ever written so hope it is useful.

 “Five individuals, five different backgrounds, one common thread - a passion for poverty reduction in our community - had the opportunity to have breakfast with a complete stranger last week in Red Deer.  That stranger was Frank O’Dea.  Strangers sharing stories.  Strangers having conversations.  Strangers with hope, vision and desire for change brought together by a passion to make a difference in the world.   Frank O’Dea is that person who makes a difference in the lives of people all around the world.  His stories, life experiences, insights, vision, and drive is what makes change happen.  Franks’ energy, creativity, and passion is contagious.  With his down to earth approach Frank quickly became a genuine friend.  No longer strangers having conversations but colleagues and friends with a shared vision and a new path to take.  We were immersed into a moment full of possibilities and opportunities.  Frank gave us the reinforcement and inspiration we were looking for to help us strengthen our resolve.  He also shared with us real and concrete strategies to implement right away in our community that we know will create the change we need to reach our goals.  Frank O’Dea – a brilliant man, a visionary with a gigantic heart, and common sense for business which creates a win-win for all!  We thank you for sharing of yourself, your time, your wisdom and generosity of ideas.  Our best breakfast meeting ever!”

Yours in health and happiness,

S D Smith

City of Red Deer

AHS Central Zone

Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre

300 Jordan Parkway Red Deer AB T4P 0G8

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