David Spencer's Creative Mind

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Written By: David - Apr• 13•13


“David Spencer’s Creative Mind” is the blog that provides information about David M.R.D Spencer’s creative community projectsChristian faitheducation projects, media networkingmusic, and outdoor education activities.

David is often found outside camping, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, snowshowing or tree planting in Ontario’s wilderness.

His Christian faith and love for God is evident in his work with young people, aboriginal, environmental and outdoor education leadership. He shares his knowledge and teaches others through his speaking engagements, video productions and web development initiatives.

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AEE Circle Launches a Facebook Page

Written By: David - May• 07•11

AEE Circle Launched a Facebook Page to help connect aboriginal elders and educators.

The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle) is a professional learning and sharing network of over  300 educators, teachers, supporters and Aboriginal elders and leaders gathering resources and creating a speakers bureau that will help teachers integrate current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of Aboriginal Canadians into school curriculum.  Visit our AEE Circle Facebook page.

Benefits of Running

Written By: David - May• 03•11

Spring is here. Time to head outside and run. My favourite Bible passage relating to running is Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

David Spencer running the Toronto Marathon in 1988

David Spencer running the Toronto Marathon in 1988

Benefits of Running
There are a number of benefits of running. Here are a few:

  • potential weight loss
  • slow the effects of aging
  • improved cardiovascular and respiratory health
  • improved cardiovascular fitness,
  • reduced total blood cholesterol
  • strengthening of bones (and potentially increased bone density)
  • possible strengthening of the immune system
  • improved self esteem and emotional state
  • enjoyment of nature and scenery
    (Source: Wikipedia)

You may wish to consider finding a running partner or entering a 5 km or 10 km road race to keep yourself motivated to run.

Friends of Bark Lake

Written By: David - Apr• 24•11

Past staff alumni, campers and friends of the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre at Bark Lake are invited to join The Friends of Bark Lake.

Sign up for the Friends of Bark Lake free e-newsletter.

You are also invited to join the The Friends of Bark Lake Facebook page.

Friends of Bark Lake

Kirk Wipper was an Inspiration to Canoeists and Outdoor Educators

Written By: David - Mar• 20•11

The outdoor education and children’s camping community is feeling the loss of Kirk Wipper who died unexpectantly on Friday March 18, 2011. Kirk was an inspiration to canoeists and outdoor educators around the world.

I got to know Kirk at Camp Kandalore where I was a camp counsellor for junior boys in the summer of 1978. Kirk taught me how to solo paddle in a birchbark canoe and encouraged me to take the canoeing instructors course with the Canadian Recreatioonal Canoeing Association (now Paddle Canada)  on site at Camp Kandalore.


Kirk an Alumni of Bark Lake the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre took the time to attend our 2007 Bark Lake Reunion.

Please read the bio I assembled as a tribute to Kirk Wipper .

Content Management System for Church Web Sites

Written By: David - Feb• 19•11

I have created a list of 25 Content Management Systems (CMS) that churches may wish to consider for developing their web site. Each company offers a unique service.
Depending on your needs and budget, you will find a CMS that will help your ministry.

View the list on David Spencer’s Media Spin here:

CCM Classics: Best Contemporary Christian Music According to David Spencer

Written By: David - Dec• 02•10

CCM Classics: Best Contemporary Christian Music According to David Spencer

Song list created using GrooveShark.com

Song list created using Playlist.com (Note: This list is only available in the U.S.A.)

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