Moment Number 5: The love of a Rice Krispie​ square

  • President Jimmy Carter sitting at the end of a long grey table, a few feet away from the buffet trays, finishing lunch at the Carter Work Project in Edmonton for Habitat for Humanity.The president slowly unwrapped the packaging of the Rice Krispie square, breaks it in half, and handed half to his wife Rosalyn, sitting on his leftcarters.1682228296-large50332011_0_640x640

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Tender Moment Number 4 – Paul Doucette and Jimmy Carter


Paul Doucette has been getting up before 4 a.m. all week to feed breakfast to close to 1,000 people in the Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project in a white tent a chip shot southwest of the Meadows Recreation Centre. One of those guests is former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Paul met Mr. Carter Tuesday.

“I was in Grade 10 in 1978 in Albany, New York,” says Paul, the general manager of the Sawmill Banquet Catering Centre. “I never thought I would meet Mr. Carter.

“I told him I always recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Carter was pleased and asked me to recite it for him.

“So I did.”



…Paul Doucette



…Jimmy Carter







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July 11, 2017 — Moment Number 3 — Len Rhodes

As CEO and president of the Edmonton Eskimo football club, Len Rhodes has made countless speeches. But the one he gave Tuesday morning just after 8 a.m. to 900 volunteers ready to begin work on Day 2 of the Carter Work Project for Habitat Humanity in southeast Edmonton was specifically profound.
“This is more work project. This is a statement for humanity.”







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Moment No. 2 — Cathy, railway tracks, and Al Green

The first note of a love anthem sounded, mere seconds before the front tires of my father’s red Plymouth hit the railway  tracks on 107 Ave. and 107 St. in Edmonton in 1972 — April, the fourth month.

At 13, in Grade 7,  and my very first love — Cathy — moved to another school. I was heartbroken.

But now. some 47 years later, we are the best of friends … proving the song I heard, crossing the railway tracks, would, simply. last a lifetime.




Katherine — not Cathy, you understand — in March 2017 at Rogers Place in Edmonton