2021 well-being stories: inspiring and easy moments

From life-saving animals to gold-medalized performances in 2021. there have been a number of easy and inspiring moments – despite a year when COVID-19’s ongoing challenges still dominate.

Here are some moments from last year that made Canadians smile, laugh and be proud.


Over the past four years, Will Finch of Mississauga, Ont., Has raised more than $ 40,000 during his birthday to help rescue the animals. The 11-year-old started the initiative “Good Will Good Karma” to save his puppy Karma, but decided to “turn that grief into love.”

In the country’s capital, one woman was rescued by a family dog ​​and two neighbors who were attacked while driving a one-and-a-half-year-old Maremma mixture to Clover. A video from a neighbor’s security camera shows Haley Moore collapsing while walking in her Stitsville area, then Clover releases the leash and blocks the oncoming truck. “If it happens again, I’ll feel 10 times safer and I know she’ll be next to me,” Moore said.

And just last month near Gimli, a man and woman captured their 10-year-old family dog ​​Titan in a home security footage that was riding a golf cart in the yard before turning around and smashing it into his truck. Titan came out unharmed and the truck was slightly damaged. “He still wants to ride in a golf cart so you can still catch him sitting in a golf cart because it’s one of his favorite pursuits,” Mallory Kmet said.


Deng Pravatoudom of Toronto won the $ 60 million Lotto Max prize this year, playing for 20 years with the same lottery numbers that went to her husband in a dream. Pravatoudom and her 14 brothers and sisters immigrated to Canada from Laos in 1980 when she and her family were supported by a local church. She said she and her husband worked as co-workers for more than 40 years, saving what they could before being laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now all the difficulties are over,” Pravatoudom said through an interpreter, accepting a huge check.


The couple woke up one morning near Swift Current, Sask., And saw that their seven-year-old daughter’s painting, TikTok, had spread, garnered more than 10 million views and caught the attention of pop singer Halsey. Their daughter, Bella, was born with a genetic disease and immunodeficiency disease, as well as a condition that led to her being listed for a bowel transplant. Her mother Kyla Thomson has been sharing Bella’s medical journey since her birth on the blog and social media.

Nine-year-old Washiiyeh Jeannotte of Algonquins from Lake Barriere, the first state in northern Quebec, about 400 kilometers northwest of Montreal, made his Instagram video series showcasing his hockey skills. The NHL will eventually take note and publish the Washiiyeh set of steps on its Instagram page.

Two-year-old Adia Leidums saw herself appearing on CNN after her downhill skiing and catchy phrases were captured in a video on Fernie, BC Hill: “She’s adorable. She’s as cute as anything, “said her father, Erich Leidums. “It really steals my heart.” At the next winter talent show, 18-month-old Zoe Barabe snowboarding TikTok has received millions of views. Her father, Guillaume Barabe, said it all started with him renting a snowboard to her at Christmas, and she took it right away.

A Winnipeg man, meanwhile, has garnered millions of views on his TikTok channel when he’s just smiling at the camera. Borzah Yankey urges everyone who watches his videos to “try not to smile.” Yankey says he keeps getting DM from people telling him their child can’t do without a smile. He says he wants to spread his smile during the pandemic to make others happy.

And one woman from Coalhurst, Alta, earned millions of views on a TikTok video showing her hacking showing how to save time hanging her shirt. Among those who enjoyed her video was Dan Povenmire, one of the creators of the animated American television series Phineas and Ferb, and the voice of Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz. “People want me to be their mother, which is funny because I’m only 29,” Carol Larson said.


After hearing about a possible burglary at his Montreal hair salon, one of the owners of Savvy Barbershop decided to watch his safety footage, but learned that his company’s glass had been broken after the couple fell in a kiss. The store owners said they would be willing to pay for a night’s stay at the couple’s hotel if they showed up and introduced themselves. Shards of glass have since been framed inside the store. “I think there’s something romantic when you never know what it is. They just stay in this mysterious couple that will stay a part of our story forever. It’s kind of fun,” co-owner Mike Rose said.


The 52-year-old woman from Vernon (BC) went down in history as the first woman to win a race across America, cycling 4,800 miles in 11 days, three hours and three minutes. Leah Goldstein was one of three people to finish the race this year as many cyclists fell due to high temperatures. Her nearest competitor crossed the finish line 17 hours behind her. “I always say it’s 40 percent physical and 60 percent mental, so you have to have it here before someone, that’s where it really comes from,” she said.

During the summer games in Tokyo, the Canadian women’s soccer team won the Olympic gold medal after beating Sweden 3: 2 in a 1: 1 rule. “I’m kind of shocked,” said Captain Christine Sinclair. “We had a goal to change the color of the medal and we were on the highest podium.” On the men’s side, Alphonso Davies helped strengthen Canada’s victory 4: 1 against Panama in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. The goal drew the attention of Drake, who wrote a message to the 20-year-old Bayern Munich star after the match that he wanted to meet.


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