Donned in bright red t-shirts, the first group of employees left the office on 100 Avenue at 10 a.m., and will be joined by the other three branches as the complete the five kilometre loop. Mariette Dechaine, a Commercial Account Executive, explains that locally, the money raised will be going towards putting defibrillators in public places in the community, as well as scholarships and bursaries for high school students. “Western Financial Group has always been about community,” she argues. “Most of our offices are in smaller communities. We want to support the community instead of branching out into big cities. We want to keep things local.” – Advertisement -Company-wide the goal is to surpass last year’s nearly $90,000 raised. Locally, the Fort St. John branches have already raised close to $4,000. To make a donation, visit www.supportthecause.ca.Advertisement
6 Armed with supplies, I then watched Palace comfortably go on and win the game 2-0 before seeing Neil Warnock for the first time since May. I know what you’re thinking, how lucky Neil was to avoid me for four months – there, I got it in first before the editor!After speaking to Neil, I noticed Palace’s players coming off after their warm down… There was time for a quick spot of lunch – lasagne – with Ray Houghton (Was there any left for Ray?! – Ed) and then a chat with Leicester defender Danny Simpson. I can’t remember exactly what he said to me (“Clear off and leave me alone?” – Ed) as he made his way to the dressing room, but trust me it wasn’t an angry confrontation (Judging by the look on his face, we’ll have to take your word for that! – Ed). 6 Leicester arrived at about 1.20pm – it’s normal for away teams to arrive about 90 minutes before kick-off. Straight away I caught up with my friend Kevin Phillips, who was making his first return to Selhurst Park since leaving earlier this year. Of course, it was his goal in the 2013 Play-Off Final which earned Palace their Premier League status, so for him it was always going to be a special afternoon. After a watchable first half I was among the first down to the Press Room to dive into the pies and sandwiches. (We pretty much knew that already, didn’t we? You’d beat Usain Bolt to the buffet table! – Ed) 6 Another week, another Premier League press box, and another free feed. It’s the diary of Moose’s season…I used to enjoy the banter with Neil Warnock when he was Alan Brazil’s breakfast co-host on talkSPORT, and on Saturday I got to see his Crystal Palace team in the flesh for the first time since he took over at Selhurst Park.You have to arrive early at Palace to bag a car park spot, and I arrived at the same time as James McArthur, who I’ve known for a while. James has been brilliant since moving to south London and seemed pleased to see a friendly face. 6 6 6 Not sure why so many of the players felt the need to scratch themselves, maybe someone in the press box had given them the itch (insert own Moose allergy joke here…).