Susanne Alexander-Heaton recently posted the following message on her blog:

I have made it into the top 4 Finalists for Awesome Calgary and will be doing my 90 second pitch on Thursday October 25 at 6 pm at Mt. Royal. If I win, I will get $1,000 towards my project.

So what is the Gratitude Rocks Project?

It is working with people at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (for homeless people) in their art department and having them create rocks with one of the key words from each of the 26 faeries in my book. For example, Balance, Fun, Play, Power, Courage, Strength. They will get paid $1.00/rock which will be of a size that a person can hold in their hand. When a person receives the one of a kind rock, they must give it away at some point to a person that they feel needs the rock’s message. Then they will have to share their story and I in turn will share that with the people who created the rocks. I am working on the distribution with the shelter as well as some local Calgary businesses, so that we can make this be an “evergreen” project. Here’s to changing the face and stigma of homelessness by supporting and inspiring them and others at the same time.

Please send all your positive vibes my way to make this project a reality. For more details on the Awesome Calgary event, please visit link:


Susanne’s poject was not awarded $1,000, but it has already accomplished so much more.

Following Susanne’s pitch to Awesome Calgary, she received the following email message.

After seeing your presentation tonight for Awesome Calgary I knew what a great project you were taking on. I didn’t know if you were going to win so I decided to buy the rock from you. The rock that I bought was “Shine”. I said I feel like shinning and you smiled. After returning to my seat, I met a women by the name of Caroline that just started working for the marketing department of Mount Royal. She was brand-new to Calgary from New York and in her own words she hated it here. I didn’t see anybody else in my life that needed brightness and shine in their life so I decided to pass off the rock to her and keep the chain going. I hope this works out for you. It’s an awesome project.

All the best of luck,



Susanne, thank you for helping people shine. You’re awesome!