The Savvy Do Gooder Blog

My name is Nadine Riopel. A lifetime of searching for the best way to make the world a better place has led me to the conclusion that the best path for me to do that is to help others make their giving more engaging and effective. Making 'doing good' work better - for everyone.

Recent Blog Posts

Want to love life in Edmonton? Try this
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I recently met a guy named Jon whose story made me so mad and so sad. He had moved here from Toronto about a year ago, but he was about to move back. He had come for a fresh start, intending to love life in Edmonton. After a year, he decided he couldn't make it [...] The post Want to love...
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Potholes, infill and transit: Edmonton, why you gotta be like that?
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This is the blog post/show notes to accompany Episode 2 of the New In Town podcast: Potholes, infill and transit: Edmonton, why you gotta be like that? Potholes, infill, and the state of Edmonton transit are among the things that seem to get people riled up in this town. If you're new, you might ...
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Location, location, location: where to live in Edmonton
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This is the blog post to accompany Episode 1 of the New In Town podcast: Location, location, location: where to live in Edmonton On this episode I interview Janelle Smaill, my own personal realtor and friend, about the different neighbourhoods in Edmonton and how to choose the right one for you. ...
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Hate your new city? Managing culture shock can help
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When I moved to Guanajuato, Mexico from Ottawa at the age of 26, I loved it. At first, everything about moving to a new city was so cool, so interesting, exotic and rich and new and omg, ah-mazing (gimme a break, I was 26). Soon I found a place to live and a job, and the weather [...] The...
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What I wish you didn’t need to know to meet new people
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Meeting neighbours is harder than it should be I have a friend who moved into my community last summer from Turkey. She can't get over how tough it is to meet the neighbours. Apparently in Turkey when someone new moves on to your street, you bring over some food. This is such a given that [.....
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How to deal with loneliness: are you making this common mistake?
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Loneliness suuuuuuuucks. I should know, I've had more than my share of lonely stretches. Moving to a new city is one way to get lonely quick I'll never forget this one time after I finished university and moved back to my home city of Edmonton after 7 years away. I was living in a shabby [......
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Somebody needs you
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You know what? You're a bundle of value, just waiting to be unleashed on the world. You have something to offer. Probably a lot, actually. Most people you meet might not realize this. Most people probably don't appreciate it. That's perfectly understandable and normal. I mean, do you go around lo...
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For super strong contacts, start here
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Do you want some really strong contacts? Close friends, trusted colleagues, people who know you and trust you enough to give you jobs and contracts and responsibilities and whatever other kind of help and support you need? This post isn't about them. But it is about how you get them. Bottom line:...
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Why you’re getting so much side-eye
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Why you’re getting so much side-eye
Bad news: not everybody trusts you. Maybe you've noticed that some people, when you try to be friendly, act like you're really out of line. Their eyes say, "Who the h#!! are you and why are you all up in my grill?" and "What do you want from me, you creep? Go away before I call [...]
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Lessons from an 8th grade reject
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These days, I might act like I've got this socializing thing all figured out, but there was a time when I was the lowest of the low on the social ladder. I mean, I was a loser with a capital L. At thirteen, I was so unpopular that my whole class conspired to play a [...]
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