The Ripple Effect

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Date: 14/12/2018

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I love being a hockey mom and watching my kids be part of a team.  From rink to rink, there is no place I would rather be spending our Saskatchewan winters (well, except maybe Maui).   

Being part of a team is more than winning games and we all know you can’t win a game by yourself.  What these kids learn and develop over a season is far more than skating and stick handling.     

My son Broderick learned a valuable life lesson with his teammates off-ice thanks to his dedicated Coach, Lee Hamilton who is building more than just good hockey players. 

The boys started with a budget equal to an hour of ice-time and a list of needed items for the Saskatoon Food Bank.  They were split into teams of three and had to complete their grocery shopping within their budget.  Together, with their coaches, they delivered the food to the Saskatoon Food Bank and volunteered the rest of the afternoon.

An hour of ice-time pays for a cart of groceries and feeds a family for a month

What a busy place Mom”, was the first thing Broderick said when he got home from volunteering. 

What impact did that experience have on my young son?   

From the hockey rink to the boardroom…

Business owners often share how other people helped them along the way, whether it was mentoring, advice or new experiences that changed their perspective.

I know “people along the way” include great Coaches and Teachers thatinfluenced those future successful entrepreneurs and taught them far more than technical skills.

Business leaders, like coaches know they can’t do it alone.  They need to build a great team of coaches for their whole team to succeed.  

Business leaders, like coaches recognize the value of a specialist.  They surround themselves with trusted advisors who are specialists to help guide them in their journey of authentic success.

 “A coach is someone who tells you want you don’t want to hear, and has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you always known you can be.” - Tom Landry

Sutton Financial Group was inspired by this young hockey team and their Coaches.  We want to help show those boys that acts of kindness have a ripple effect.  Prairie Meats is a long-time supporter of the Saskatoon Food Bank and they have a Charitable Giving Matching Programon now.  Prairie Meats will matchany donation (no matter how big or small), with an in-kind gift of much needed food to Saskatoon Food Bank or the Friendship Inn or The Lighthouse.

Sutton Financial Group matched the $300 donation from the Redwing Thunder Atom A hockey team.  Our friends at Prairie Meats are matching the $300 from Sutton Financial Group AND matching the $300 from the Redwing Thunder to the Saskatoon Food Bank.  That $300 has now quadrupled.  The ripple can continue….contact Prairie Meats with your donation to their Charitable Giving Matching Program.


Andrea Hansen B.Comm., CFP, GBA
Business Advisor

For another story of a local business leader who is a dedicated soccer coach, check out current issue of The Business Advisor – The Magazine for Saskatoon Entrepreneur and the featured article, “The Power of a Positive Mindset” written by Andrea Hansen.

“There is no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

                                                        - Scott Adams


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