Friday, December 31, 2010

50,000 People Checked Out These Top 3 Videos!

Check out these top three videos about parody, disaster, tributes and political corruption seen by over 50,000 people this year.

Great showcase of local musicians and the Sunshine Coast on youtube in 2010.

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photo Marc Buzzell producer/videographer/editor

Top 3 Videos 2010*

#1 Oil BP Naughty to Nature
#2 I'm On A Break
#3 Everything Reminds Me of my Dog

2-3-1 countdown.......... :D

"I'm On A Break" blasted up the youtube charts at the start of the year with controversial language parody spoofing the Canadian political landscape prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics. It closes out the year with 8,636 views. The censored version had 1,329 views in comparison.

In March I produced "Everything Reminds Me of my Dog" a classic Jane Sibery tune and tribute to my furry companion Tundra, a white Siberian Husky who passed away January 27th 2010. Totally honoured it has had over 5,480 views. Funds raised go to public drinking fountains that are pet and wheelchair friendly.

The top video is "Oil BP" with 23,756 views since Canada Day July 1st, 2010. The hip hop parody spoofs our fossil fuel dependency and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

Happy New Year!!

Since I started my youtube channel there have been 42,012 views all time of my videos, with 25,900 in the past year. The Oil BP video hosted on another channel added an additional 23,756 itself on top of that.

Would love it if you please subscribe to me on youtube.

Thanks Duane

The stats below are youtube's break down of all the videos on my channel and their popularity by percentage of views.

% of total views
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Youtube Channel Top videos

I'm On A Break - "UNCENSORED" PM Stephen Harper Proroguing Parliament parody

Everything Reminds Me of my Dog by Jane Siberry. Dog Drinking Fountain. LOVE Tundra

SCENIC Gibsons Sechelt Pender Sunshine Coast Canada

The Ellen Show appeal 2010 Winter Olympics with Duane Burnett

I'm On A Break - "CENSORED" PM Stephen Harper Proroguing Parliament parody

Help Save Gospel Rock Video, Gibsons, BC

Halloween Haunted House Halfmoon Bay Sunshine Coast Canada

Four Seasons of a Watershed Creek Winter Summer Spring Fall

Scenic Snowy Winter, Sunshine Coast BC Canada

Dakota Ridge Sunshine Coast: A Winter Paradise Waiting to be Explored

It's Always A Good Day on the Sunshine Coast! :D
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Countdown!!! New Year's Eve Events Sunshine Coast BC

New Year's Eve Countdown!!
All Your Coast EVENTS 4 Thur, Fri, Saturday
TAXI #'s (604) 989-8294 OR 885-3666

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Thursday Dec 30th, 2010
+ Much Music Teen Dance Party, Sechelt Band Hall

Friday Dec 31st, (New Year's Eve)
+ New Years Eve 2011 at the Roberts Creek Hall
+ New Years Eve Gig with The Ranters, Lil Legion Roberts Creek
+ "Mardi Gras" theme New Years eve with "High Strung", McKinney's pub
+ Halfmoon Haven New Year's Celebration, all rooms are now SOLD OUT
+ The Big Groove New Years 2010 Music Sampler spotlight on Sunshine Coast blues & roots scene.
+ 7th Yemanja New Year's Eve Brazilian beach celebration at Bonniebrook at the END of the beach, where the beach is sandy, from 6pm to 9pm. Bring candles (for your own private ceremony), a lighter, flowers to offer to "Yemanja", torch, lanterns, blankets, rain gear, snacks, water, instruments, incenses, sacrificial boats and anything you'd like to burn for farewell to 2010.
+ The Ruff Cut Band... AND... Law and Order at the Gibsons Legion.. Classic Rock from the 50s, 60s, and 70s... 2 Bands for the price of 1! Still a few tickets left. available at the Gibsons Legion lounge. Open to everyone! Rock the night away from 9PM to 1AM
+ New Years House Party & Jam, 8pm, Lina's Lounge, Gibsons, BC

Saturday, Jan 1st, 2011. (New Year's Day)
+ Resolution Run, Porpoise Bay, noon Jan 1st.
+ Polar Bear Swim, Davis Bay, Sunshine Coast, BC
+ New Years Day Dinner and Pot Luck, Wilson Creek
Dinner and a global healing mediation for the planet..

WIN a Talaysay Tours Guided Snow Tour for 2 of Dakota Ridge!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Some Great Videos from the Sunshine Coast BC Canada

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Share a video greeting or card with your friends and family!

WATCH Full Playlist:
Video Greetings from the Sunshine Coast Canada!
Scroll further down for a list of videos in the playlist.

Playlist Showcasing the Sunshine Coast BC Canada

Individual links to Videos:

Dakota Ridge: A Winter Paradise Waiting to be Explored
Over 800 photos of the Dakota Ridge Recreational Winter Ski Area and Dakota Snow Fest near Sechelt, BC is a delight for outdoor adventure sports enthusiasts.

Scenic Snowy Winter, Sunshine Coast BC Canada
What's the weather like during the winter? Well this beautiful song This We Know by Charlotte Wrinch showcases a typical Sunshine Coast fall and winter.

Four Seasons of a Watershed Creek
Winter Summer Spring Fall
A beautiful haunting journey through four season of the Chapman Creek Watershed which is a west coast rain forest source of drinking water on the Sunshine Coast, BC

SCENIC: Suddenly I See!
Gibsons Sechelt Pender Sunshine Coast Canada
Suddenly I See! Over 16,000 Views of this popular upbeat slide show that has people coming back to watch it again and again! The first video slide show Duane made of the Sunshine Coast.

Everything Reminds Me of my Dog by Jane Siberry.
Attention Dog Lovers! With over 5,000 Views, this popular memorial tribute to Duane's Siberian Husky Tundra features a classic tune by Canadian recording artist Jane Siberry and showcases why the Sunshine Coast is a dog's paradise! You can also contribute to fundraising efforts to install dog and wheelchair friendly drinking fountains to reduce our plastic water bottle consumption. Donations at and Sunshine Coast Credit Union Branch.

Holiday Laughs!
Check out Duane's playlist of the funniest top best Christmas Holiday spoofs and parody's! Almost 75 videos to tickle your holiday funny bone.

Oil BP Naughty to Nature Hip Hop Spoof
It's Time To Leave Our Oil Dependency
Not officially part of the playlist, this parody of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in 2010 was filmed on the Sunshine Coast. Its a great video to share with those of you concerned about the health of our planet or how just love a good hip hop beat :P Duane Burnett plays the part of BP CEO Tony Haywood. No Dolphins were harmed in the making of this video!

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Sunshine Coast Marsh Snow Cathedral
Beautiful branches form a crystal cathedral of snow over the duck pond trail in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast British Columbia Canada.

It's always a good day on the Sunshine Coast! Duane

Duane Burnett

Sunshine Coast BC Canada


Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Tree for the Birds

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Want to attract more birds?
Got the Christmas Tree up inside but what about a little something for the outside? Make a Christmas or Winter Solstice tree (December 21st) for the birds this year by mixing lard (peanut or almond butter) and bird seed and stuffing the mixture into dried pine cones which you hang on a tree outside for the birds. Get creative with apple pieces, cranberry, popcorn and natural decorations. You can also buy pre-made bird seed ornaments at most stores. Doing something special to be thankful for to the planet this holiday. It grounds us. Peace :D

Good Luck! It's always a good day on the Sunshine Coast! Duane

Duane Burnett

Sunshine Coast BC Canada


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Funniest Top Best Christmas Holiday Song Spoof Parody VIDEO's

All Your Funniest Best Most Favourite Top 10 Christmas Parody's, Holiday Spoofs and then some! 70+ so far.... Adult content 14+ Immature holiday subject matter!!!

Watch playlist or links below...

Christmas Holiday Spoof Parody Video Playlist
All the videos together at one link!

Christmas Holiday Song Spoofs Parody Playlist

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The Good, The Bad and the Funny!
Some videos are immature content. 14+

Santa's TSA Song "Happy Travels!" Holly Jolly Christmas Parody

The 12 pains of christmas
Parody of the "The 12 days of Christmas" by Bob Rivers in RuneScape style!

North Point's iBand
Christmas music using borrowed iPhones and iPads.

WikiLeaks Reveals Santa's Naughty List

WikiLeaks is at it again. No playground is safe this Christmas.

larry the cable guy christmas carols

Adam Sandler santa song FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!

Poker Claus (Lady Gaga Poker Face Parody)
Poker Face Christmas parody. Check out the Lady Gaga Christmas wardrobe.

Adam Sandler original Chanukah (Hanukkah) Song

Jeff Dunham Achmed's "Jingle Bombs"

Jordan Johnson - "Last Christmas" Parody
Music video song parody of "Last Christmas" with lyrics. Written and produced by Jordan Johnson. Directed by Jordan Johnson and Ben Decker.

Dreaming of a White Christmas- (Barack Obama Parody!)
For those of you who don't know what "public option" is, it is the viciously debated proposed health care insurance program that would be offered by the government.

Heat Miser vs. Snow Miser
Rap Battle Remix Parody Song & Music Video
The Year Without Santa Clause Remix Pat Patrick Noonan Andrew Sheehan Christmas Holiday Funny Comedy Spoof Claymation Classic Old School Parody

Eartha Kitt Santa Baby Parody Obama Baby
A girl just needs a little help from Barack Obama this Christmas!
"Obama Baby" "Santa Baby" Eartha Kitt Parody

A Parody of "Feliz Navidad"
Lyrics by M. Spaff Sumsion
From the CD Elves Gone Wild!

HOT 107: Bri$ha "TiK ToK (Presents Don't Stop)"
A Christmas parody of Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" by HOT 107!
Merry Christmas :-)

Amy Kelly is Lady gaga gay x-mas parody with Lady Blah Blah

Jim Keyes Jazz Guitar and Vocal "Warner Wonderland"

The 12 Foods of Christmas
The 12 Foods of Christmas, a parody to the 12 days of Christmas. we were bored so we made it, it's good lol it's the Christmas special

FIREPLACE DVD parody - full version
parody of continuously-burning fireplace dvds

Wrapping Paper Planes MIA Christmas Parody Song
Organ Failure does a Holiday parody of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes"...all original lyrics...

South Park "I'm Skeemin"(Christmas Parody Song)
I'm Skeemin is a parody of "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas".


Frank Kelly-Christmas Countdown (12 days to christmas)
Irish actor Frank Kelly reads 12 letter written by the poor recipient of the 12 gifts! LOL

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Ghetto version)
This is the Ghetto version of "Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer"

12 Days of Christmas
12 Days of Christmas video clip re-worked Indian style. Performed by animated popstar, Boymongoose and Indian boyband.

Jingle Bells
Farts and Burps of the Season
Gastro City's latest rendition of the Christmas Classic!

Reindeer STD
One of Santa's reindeer gets an STD the night before Christmas...

Damn it Im Vixen
Funny Christmas carol. Now there is a song about one of the other Reindeer. Vixen, one of Santa's original eight reindeer, has his own Christmas song.

Farting Elves 12 Days of Christmas
Funny Video Animation by JibJab More farts!

Christmas funny deer + Santa singing
Basketcase by Greenday

Masturbating Presents:
"Bukkake Christmas" performed by The Pocket Rockettes.
A Special Christmas Parody for you this Holiday Season.

Funny Take on Holiday Song - chris must pee
A Baby sings adaptation of the famous holiday song.

Rudolph The Psycho Reindeer
Rudolph is crazy and goes on a killing spree!

Jingle Farts?!
I wanted to send you a Christmas carol that I knew only you could appreciate. I call it Jingle Farts and I knew that you were the toot-loving person to share this odorful ode with. Happy holidays, my gassy, smelly friend.

The Night Santa Went Crazy
Song by Weird Al Yankovic. Kris Kringle goes nuts and wreaks havoc on the North Pole.

A Christmas Story- Gangsta Remix
Merry Christmas everyone! This is a Gangsta Remix of your favorite moments from the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Story" to the tune of Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta, by the Geto Boys. As Ludacris would say, "Youz a Ho Ho Ho."

Merry Christmas Farts
Over 3 million views. Ringing in the Jingle Bells with Burps and Farts.

Santa Babies
The Santa babies want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mr Bean - Christmas Scene
Mr bean playing with some figures whilst Christmas shopping

BZB - Feed the World
- parody BAND AID do they know it's christmas ?
Music video BZB - Feed the World (2009)
Turkey's sing this World Hunger song.

Bob & Doug 12 Days of Christmas - Animax Entertainment
Animated version of Bob & Doug McKenzie singing The 12 Days of Christmas!

Shrek - 12 days of Christmas
Uses clips from Shrek to illustrate the song

The 12 Days of Christmas (2006)
The You Tube Community Choir!

Christmas Beer Commercial
A little Bud Light and candle light....
These are the kinds of things my mom sends me during the holidays. :)

Santa Won't be Coming to your Town
Santa is skipping Christmas this year. The recession has really hit everyone. Parody by Scott Douglas MacLachlan and Braddon Mendelson.

A Christmas Story (Parody of Love Story)
Hasn't everyone had an affair with Santa Clause?

Mean Girls - Jingle Bell Rock - Unedited
CD player breaks down and the girls have to sing it alone for the audience.

A Beautiful Christmas! The holidays are such a nice time of the year, so I just wanted to do a soft, peaceful Christmas song for once!

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"- Judy garland (Parody)
The title song from Keith From Up The Block's Christmas Album "A Very Ghetto Christmas"

White Trash Christmas
The Bob Rivers Show. Video by Toonedin!

The Oogie Boogie Dog~The Nightmare Before Christmas Parody
Just a parody I made after I watched a Happy Tree Friends amv with this song^_^! Starring Hougen as the Oogie Boogie Dog!!! Oh yeah, this is my frist GDW amv without watermarks!!!

"White Christmas"- Bing Crosby (parody)
Black Christmas . Available xclusively on "A Very Ghetto Christmas"

Why SANTA won't be coming this year.. Strong Language 14+

The Midnight Beast - XXXMAS BUDDIES...
How to get a Christmas Buddy (Parody) 14+ Language.

CSI: North Pole 1 "Christmas Served Cold"
Nibbles the Christmas Elf Cop must solve the toughest case he's ever had, using only his gun, or he won't get any Christmas cookies.
Written and Directed by
Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda
Produced by Courtney Collins

Tik Tok Parody [It's Christmas Time] - JosayCruzy
It's Christmas Time by Jose Cruz

Jason Saves Christmas Trailer Parody
Jason vs. Saddam Hussein dressed up as Santa Claus.

White Christmas Parody (rap version)
This is our version of White Christmas! We hope you enjoy it! Don't Panic...Santa Claus is real! ;) Feel free to leave a comment...

Disturbed Parody-Get Down With The Christmas
A Parody of Disturbed's Get Down With The Sickness, yes i know i spelled some things worng im too lazy to go fix them so deal with it, lyrics-can you hear that?

Merry Christmas- Jingle Bells Parody Video 14+

The Purple Bunny Christmas Song - Tik Tok by Kesha Parody
Put Christmas Spirit and the Purple Bunny together.... well....

A Britney Spears Christmas Carol
Womanizer parody using the story of A Christmas Carol Watch as Ebenezer Scrooge gets scared straight into the Xmas Spirt by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [Spoof]
Johnny Marks - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Parody Spoof: Rudeoff Rap Christmas Song.
I made a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Rap, because what is better than remixing an old classic Christmas song to celebrate for the holidays.

A Miley Cyrus Christmas

Twisted Christmas - Rusty Chevrolet
Great country twang original lyrics done to Jingle Bells riding in a rusty Chevrolet! :P

"Christ-mas" Ke$ha Tik-Tok Parody

Grandma Got Molested At The Airport 14+ (With Lyrics)

Carol of the Bells Parody
Happy Hanukka!

The last fart!
Santa's Reindeer Fart Merry Christmas

Oh Christmas Tree Oh 21st Century

A 21st Century version of O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum) written and performed by Local Anxiety (aka Kevin Crofton and Mark Leiren-Young).

Oh Chronic Tree (funny christmas song) Toke on
Oh Chronic Tree, Oh Chronic Tree. Have a Merry Christmas everyone. Smoke on :)

Let me know if you got one I should add to the list! Hope you had a good laugh! Whats your fave or worst? Thanks Duane

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Writers, Authors, Bloggers and Photographers on the Sunshine Coast BC Canada

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Exciting LIST of the writers, authors, bloggers, and photographers who contribute to the Sunshine Coast BC Canada fan page on facebook. THANK YOU!

I started the page less then a year ago, in the early Spring of 2010 I believe, and through the learning curve of social media we are celebrating 2,000+ Fans in December 2010. Who knows, maybe we will have 3,000 fans next year! The page has also garnered a following on Twitter of over 1,000 people.

It truly takes a village!

The fan page's success includes 300 favourite local Sunshine Coast facebook fan pages added, 1,000's of views every month, great articles and photos contributed, and a ton of great entertaining events posted.

This is ground breaking social media at work in our community and I hope everyone is enjoying it.

If you would like to be a contributor or have your business blog uploading to the Sunshine Coast BC Canada page give me a shout!

Thanks Duane!

Sunshine Coast BC Canada Contributors:

Sustainable Coast

Powell River Books Blog

Thoughts from Lady Tess

Cotter's Corner

Inlet Musings

Gibsons & District Public Library

A 365 day photographic journey one day at a time

Crazy for Life by Victoria Maxwell

Photographer Myrwin

Randy Shore: The Green Man

Photographer Peggy Collins

Heather Conn Blogs spoutin' about by the sea

Translucent Confusion by transpacificgirl

Making Connections Through Writing with Shelley Harrison Rae

Thistle Garden

Modern Homesteading with Style by Victoria Gazeley

my dance with cancer by Myrtle Winchester

Photographer Mary McAllister aka javinated

Des Stories by Author Deanna Proach

Uploads from Jan Poynter - ARTIST

Heather Dore blogspot "My world as a pop singer and musician"

Caitlin Hicks web blog

Hornby Eagles Web Cam

A Powell River Photo Blog by Paul blog by Pema Khandro

Sunstar Astrology New Moon Newsletter by Michael O'Connor

Psychic Kalawna: Clairvoyant Healer and Teacher of the Intuitive arts.

Thank you again to everyone who contributes their time, writing and photos. This is truly a celebration of you and our wonderful community! Such an awesome diverse richness showcasing our region. Duane

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List of Bands & Musicians
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Empowering Autistic People With Their Own Voice

“The Autistic Paradigm – from the inside out™"
Special Guest Blogger Leonora Gregory-Collura, Author, Co-founder and President of the Naturally Autistic® ANCA® organization celebrating 15 years!

The Autistic Paradigm – from the inside out

ANCA® is unique in that it understands the autistic mind from the “inside out”. All support staff are autistic and understand autism through both self-examination and extensive work with clients and can speak to the success of the ANCA® approach and “The Autistic Paradigm.”

When we started our Naturally Autistic® ANCA® journey, I had one particular question in my mind and that was "how was it that our son Anthony did not demonstrate inappropriate behaviours?‟ and associating to that question was "why was Anthony naturally sociable?‟

Over the course of the years that followed, I soon learned what separated the autistic child from the child with autism. For myself and the many autistic people and families we have served at ANCA, the autistic paradigm became the key to this understanding.

Upon launching ANCA, we felt it necessary to meet with young and mature autistic adults, to get a sense of each of our respective experiential history. I learned that the human condition is complex and not as simple as labeling. The personal underlying experiences would hold many answers as I found out from the group we were supporting.

We examined our lives and created four themes which later would become the foundation for our training program “The Autistic Paradigm – from the Inside Out”. Those four themes, Communication, Environment, Structure and Individuation, is how we approach all of our programs and services from our Educational Workshops & Professional Training Programs, Playworks program, the Autistic Developmental Support Systems program, the ANCA® Groups, Consultations, annual group events and the ANCA® Plan.

So, how does ANCA® define the Autistic Paradigm?
ANCA® focuses on “how” the autistic mind processes information – a mental/cognitive processing map that is unique and distinct to all autistic people – children, teens and adults.

By understanding the communications process that autistic people naturally have to work with and supporting this unique, inherent process, inappropriate behaviors dissipate. These behaviors are often a form of communication in an effort for the autistic individual to communicate and express themselves.

Mya Fortin, an ANCA parent for over 12 years expresses how this worked for her during a television interview in 2000. She stated “Look at your child as just a child. He’s a human being. Accept your child and don’t try to mold him into what our society thinks is “normal”.

I took my own journey of self-reflection and discovery and really looked deep inside of me to understand how I process. When I found out, actually, how I processed, then I was able to understand how Cole processes. When I understood how Cole processes, then I could understand how to support him.”

“Leonora provides us with the knowledge to understand our children and she gives us the tools and the skills to support that our children know themselves. That is the key thing. When Cole becomes an adult, I want him to be able to understand how his sensory system works. I want him to be able to understand how his brain processes information so that ultimately he can be Cole and not just rely on rote responses.”

Cole successfully graduated from High School with a leadership award, scholarship and bursary to attend College in January 2011. He has had various jobs during High School and is currently working, saving up his money for when he starts College. Cole continues to attend ANCA® Group and events and is beginning his own journey of self discovery as an adult.

To hear and see the whole interview, join ANCA's FREE Community website at and click “Media tab” to view this interview and to hear Mya‟s understanding and application of the "Autistic Paradigm – from the Inside Out‟.

ANCA® was founded in 1995 by Charlie Collura and Leonora Gregory-Collura. The organization values compassion, understanding and diversity. The company is driven by a desire to help children and their families grow and develop together naturally. As well, Charlie and I formed the ANCA® Foundation in 1998 to provide additional support through information, education and public awareness through annual conferences, camp-outs and cultural events.

“I feel very confident to recommend ANCA Consulting Inc. As a member of the Early Childhood Educators Community, I am very excited that an opportunity exists to promote a shared understanding between parents and professionals that recognizes each child’s uniqueness and our need to honor their diversity.”
– Patricia Hilton, Pre-school teacher, North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

“Learning about autism from autistic people, I can’t think of a better way to learn.” – Teachers and support staff, Langley School District, Langley, BC, Canada.

Combined with 15 years of documented success in providing support, ANCA® has worked
with hundreds of autistic individuals and their families. Our organization has put on numerous workshops, training and speaking engagements throughout North America to audiences including community living associations/societies, school districts and clinical professionals. Reaching over 2,000 people with our teachings, Charlie and I, together, have over 50 years experience working in the field of special needs and autism.

“It helped me understand why some of the kids I work with, do the things they do.” – North Shore District, Resource Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

What I liked about the workshop: “The insights into thought processes and the normalizing of autism…” – Teachers and support staff, Langley School District, Langley, BC, Canada.

“…We were challenged in a kind way to rethink misconceptions we may have had.” – Applied Psychology Group, Surrey, BC, Canada.

ANCA®’s mission is to support the natural development of autistic people by providing education and training to autistic individuals, their families, and the community at large.

ANCA®’s Philosophy - ANCA® values compassion, understanding and diversity. The company is driven by a desire to help autistic children and their families grow and develop together, naturally - Naturally Autistic®.

Everyone processes differently and has a unique contribution to make to society

Learning to understand one another is the key to effective communication

Service to others makes the world a better place

What people are saying about ANCA®

“Has provided a framework for engaging thoughts/information; has given me language to explain gut feelings.” – High School Teacher

“Thought provoking, paradigm shifting, belief challenging program for the benefit of all students. I’ve learned to work from where the students are and not from where someone else thinks they should be. It’s their journey so we should never impose our path.” – High School Teacher

“I feel I have a much better understanding of how an autistic person thinks and feels. This will be valuable when I am working with autistic people – on a basic level I will give an autistic person more time to respond. I will try to appreciate the number of “gears” that come into play as an autistic person tries to process information and respond. This helps me to better understand how to communicate with an autistic person” – Educator

“Meeting autistic adults for the first time. Finding out their perceptions of health care professionals and their needs when meeting new people and going to a new place for the first time. All this helps me plan how to make autistic children comfortable. I feel that I have a much better understanding of what autism is. I admire and respect the members of ANCA for being so open and direct about their experiences” – Health Professional



speaking engagements:

consulting services and programs:

To view more about our work
visit the naturallyautistic youtube channel.

Naturally Autistic People Awards slide show

ANCA “Year in Review”

This article is contributed to the Mackay Autism Support Group, Hope Online magazine and the Sunshine Coast BC Canada Community Fan Page, December 2010 by Leonora Gregory-Collura on behalf of Naturally Autistic® ANCA®.

Naturally Autistic® ANCA®
P.O. Box 1658, Gibsons, B.C.,
V0N 1V0, Canada

Thank you so much to Leonora for her guest article. Mostly though, thank you Leonora for taking your insights from growing up with autism yourself to help empower autistic children to grow up with a voice and more independence in their own lives. Truly beautiful! Well done.... Duane


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Friday, November 26, 2010

WIN 4 Tickets to Bright Nights Stanley Park Train! Draw Dec 1.

13th Annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park.


WIN 4 tickets for you your friends and family from Duane Burnett and the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund to ride the Stanley Park Christmas Train and visit the farmyard too. DRAW Dec 1st.

CONTEST RULES (enter by 7pm. Dec 1.)
1) Click "attending" on facebook to enter.

2) Share contest with your friends
3) JOIN Bright Nights facebook fan page
4) Add Duane Burnett as a friend

Open daily 3 PM -10 PM,
Fri. Nov 26, - Sun. Jan 2, 2011.
Visit Stanley Park to see two million lights on display, ride the train and visit the farmyard.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Surviving the long dark lonely holidays :-(

Does the Holiday Cheer that rings out from the malls make you feel better or worse? Some tips on surviving holiday depression.

Many find the Christmas season down right critically depressing and need to muster full resources to survive it. It cripples a huge cross section of our society and the hangover aftermath can last a generation.

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Go WILD! Ingredients for a holiday tree that's for the birds this winter!

A lot of happiness does go down at Christmas, but it completely skips millions of people who feel the opposite, an increased sense of depression and sadness. This is for you and for your friends and family who might need your help understanding and a visit.

Seniors are especially vulnerable. Often alone and isolated to tired or sick to even leave their house. A new report indicates 25% of seniors live in poverty.

For me its all the buying tons of stuff the planet can't afford right now.

Others live on the streets and sleep below the sparkling holiday window displays.

Many who live in the polar latitudes and winter climates are affected by seasonal depression and not getting out in the day light enough.

Then there are the holidays themselves with their 'family minute' gone bad, and the loss, tragedy, arguments, fights, break ups that make your heart heavy with remembrance.

I try to remember as best I can to be the Peace, Love, Joy in every moment of my day rather then just once a year.

You can get creative in your yard or out in the woods.
Making a solstice holiday outdoor Christmas tree for the birds helps to ground me as well as remind me that this is a time of year to give thanks to the Earth, Sun, ancestors, family, friends, Spirit, and oneself.

I have put together some links and helpful tips so you know you are not alone and you can help people in your lives who feel sadness.

Please share your own personal experience, add some comments, and share links!

I have added some comments from my facebook friends below too!

All the best Duane


Depression and the Holidays

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

What is Seasonal Depression SAD

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly
Recognizing the Signs and Getting Help

How to Prevent Holiday Depression

Depression: Supporting a family member or friend
Help a family member or friend dealing with depression get treatment, develop good self-care habits and find resources.

Number of seniors living in poverty soars nearly 25%

Veronica Alice
Christmas, that's what sand is for!

Toews Blakely Elizabeth
I'm beginning a "Scrap Christmas Campaigne"...Even if JC was born December 25th he wouldn't want us to celebrate him- he'd say celebrate yourselves~ as divinity too!I'm beginning a Celebrate SOLSTICE campaigne- the real holy day in December.... You may simply join by deciding to CELEBRATE THE SOLSTICE-December 21st this year. Make a bonfire, sing and dance around the circle and rejoice in the fact that the light returns, make a toast to the new year, make a declaration to pick up your 'new work' thats evolving for you in the new year...your allowed to still have all the lights and candles, good food and merriment!!! xxoo

Sandy Sjollema
a lot of people get very depressed around this time of makes me glad I don't celelbrate XMas anymore

Jill Devonshire
I believe it's important to celebrate... whatever IT is.
But it must ring true to your heart.
There's solace in the Solstice... giving hope of light emerging from the darkest days. At this time of year, family and friends have the opportunity... to holiday from their busy schedules, to potentially get together and celebrate each other. Enjoy!!!

Toews Blakely Elizabeth
I'm all for celebrating EVERY accomplishment of my friends, family, mine~fact is every day is a joyful celebration to light and love and being alive on this MAGNIFICENT planet!!xxoo

Duane Burnett
thanks for the great feedback! I have managed to switch from Christmas to more Solstice celebrations. It has really brought much more Peace into my life :P

Toews Blakely Elizabeth
great topic to bring up Duane!! I like to spread the word about SOLSTICE...the nature spirits say it is the beginning of the new year too, albeit the Spirit Grandmothers of Time (ancient adepts)who communicate with me say that the first moon of the year is the Galactic Rest and Cleansing Moon which falls on Feb 7th this year...which places the beginning of the new year/cycle at IMBOLC...traditionally celebrated as ground hog day feb 2..we are now in the 11th moon of the year. xxoo

Diane Paull
Thanks for your timely article Duane. For years I have been encouraging family and friends to celebrate this season with each other by sharing time, fun activities and food instead of all the mall madness.

Diane Paull
We tell our Grandchildren that we are the PRESENTS!!! They believe us...:)))

Duane Burnett
Presence is one of the best gifts you can give :D

Rathaporn Fon Pawakanun
Hi there..Thanks for sharing your wisdom...That brightens our dark and cold days....;D

Sandy Sjollema
both Hannukah and Christmas are based on the solstice in any case, certainly in terms of the time of year they are celebrated....Hannukah is called the festival of bring on the light slowly but surely once the solstice is here's too bad everything is so commercialized next thing you know they will make the ascension of Jesus into some massive marketing scheme...

Gibsons Recycling Depot
very important topic that you write about, especially this time of year we need to be more sensitive and caring of ourselves and others

Jill Devonshire
My friend was in Japan during a Christmas. They are so bent on embarrassing western culture. She saw a department store display that had Santa hanging from a cross.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jingle Bell All Year Long Spend Your Merry Way!

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HOW early is too early!!! for Christmas marketing???
NOTES By Duane Burnett

Last week I asked my facebook friends what they thought about Christmas advertising?

I noticed massive Christmas displays go up the day after Halloween at a local big box retailer and now commercials on TV. How much is too much too soon? A few people have said at the very least, Christmas can wait till after Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. Is after Nov 11th a fair respectful date?

Americans still haven't even celebrated their thanksgiving yet!

I am curious what you think?

Jingle Bell All Year Long Spend Your Merry Way!

Christmas to me is a huge drain on our planet with promises that if you buy buy buy shop shop shop some how you will be saved and enlightened till you wake up from the dream with a huge credit debt and dead earth.

Seems Christmas has become a year round business.

How much is too much and too soon?

Shirley Badger
I put a few stuff up the day after Halloween, lol, and I'm putting the rest of my stuff up, tree, the weekend after Rememberance day! It's my favorite holiday, Cheers!

Jeannie Meyer
Don't do it....LOL

Shirley Badger
if the malls can do it, so can I, LOL

Duane Burnett
I noticed another friend said she already had her tree up. So Shirley, this holiday is a lot of joy for you and you are thrilled to celebrate it as soon as possible then. Its a good thing to get started early on Christmas and enjoy it is what I am hearing. :D

Paul Dwyer
Smacks of retailers' desperation to me. Gets earlier and earlier every year. I think they've finally topped out at Halloween.

Travis Green
My status a while ago read, "Halloween without King Diamond, is like Christmas without Satan". While meant as Halloween humour,(for free I might add) in my oppinion, marketing is the clostest thing to an actual satan we have in this day and age. Insidiousmas?

Cassandra Langlois
anything before Dec is overkill...

Duane Burnett
Sounds like a split between bring IT on Christmas and too much overkill... I find I sing Christmas tunes in July! LOL

Travis Green
Singing Christmas tunes in July, flies in the face of marketing! Now THAT'S Christmas if you ask me! Call whatever you want, whatever you like, just please, own your own soul! Merry Christmas from The House of Metal!

Duane Burnett
LOL Travis... you got it!

Travis Green
Thanks Duane! You know it wasn't easy to get it! Now we help.

Teresa Eckford
I may do Christmas shopping in November, but our house doesn't see decorations or a tree until December. And I hate retailers shoving it down our throats this early...The weekend of the RC Christmas Craft Faire in late November is just about as much as I can stomach!

Duane Burnett ‎
@Teresa How many days or weeks before christmas do you put up a tree in the hose. You bring up a great point, craft fairs, shopping local Teresa is a great way to lower your carbon footprint for christmas, my fave is a christmas tree outside or in the forest for the birds and wildlife... that you can put together yourself or as a family to say thanks to all good things Earth.

Kera Mchugh
yep, i'm with teresa & shea... i love xmas but seriously... anything prior to dec 1 is all about consumerism, and that's NOT what christmas is about... i was shocked to see xmas stuff at london drugs BEFORE thanksgiving!! and absolutely, be...fore Nov 11 is offensive and disrespectful to EVERYONE, most importantly our veterans who put themselves on the line to ensure that in canada everyone gets the freedom to celebrate their holidays the way they want... but seriously... no other "religious holiday" is celebrated for as LONG as christmas is... certainly not as commercially...

Manuen Edwards

Manuen Edwards
if i didn't have my lil girl i would go away and hide till christmas was over ... my inner grinch is grumbling ...

Paula Howley
I agree. Let's wait until Remembrance Day is over. Then, go nuts.

Teresa Eckford
Duane - we usually put our tree up outside on our deck (the cats would destroy it if it were inside) a couple of weeks before Christmas and keep it up, as per English tradition, until Epiphany (Jan 6)...and yes, shopping at the craft fairs is definitely the way to go - great deals, wonderful gifts with no fighting the crowds in Park Royal and waiting for the ferry involved!!

Jennifer White
i had to take a trip into park royal on saturday to do a return, it was the only day i had free, i thought, how bad could it be? yeeeeaah. totally different vibe from the week before. slamming busy, xmas promos in every store, total excess already

Duane Burnett
Thanks Shea,,, I was hoping to hear from some local retailers and business organizations on this. Thanks for posting your comments :D

David F Devo Faber
What do they do in 70% of the world? Not much as Christmas is not part of their lives and they are without them knowing it making a wise environmental decision. Christmas = mucho trash

Bruce Hughes
Dont get me started on Xmas .... I think its a wonderful holiday for gatherings, family time and giving your presents as you being present with them... the rest of the mad buying/credit card and overall consumption of plastic break easy is outrageous.. nuff said.. lol - the holiday is end of december the rest is marketing and consumption!!

Duane Burnett
i love celebrating the earth this time of year so tend to gravitate to solstice and thought not raking your leaves and decorating a tree for wildlife is a good tradition to give thanks.

Vicky Forest
I put my tree up on December 1 so I can enjoy the decorations and the memories of favourite childhood Christmases with family. Now that I live on the Coast I try to do my shopping here and keep the presents to a minimum. The retail stores are only trying to make a living so I don't begrudge them but I agree the craft shows are the best way to go to find unique gifts. I also like to make homemade treats for my friends and family.

Duane Burnett
homemade and local good for the community and planet. I don't do Christmas but love a tree outside for the birds decorated with edibles and nibbles to give thanks to the Earth. One year, I gave out bird tree ornaments for Solstice on Dec 21st. And another year, I made up a movie night gift basket, with video rental coupons, popcorn, candy, and fun stuff to bring the family together for some fun.

Vicky Forest
That is a beautiful idea Duane.

Darlene McIntyre
I love the idea of Christmas, but hate shopping in December.


Thanks everyone for your comments and feedback on Christmas commercialism. I think after November 11th might be a universally accepted limit on advertising.

I like to hear what you think. Much appreciated! :D

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Monday, November 15, 2010

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Winter Solstice Short Poetry Contest Deadline Dec 10th.

Meditations on ice and light by Special Guest Blogger, Writer and Performer Caitlin Hicks.


The Ice Painting Project Society is sponsoring a SHORT POETRY contest for the Winter Solstice, and we're inviting you to participate!

Really, it's open to anyone -- anywhere -- we're also encouraging poems in french, and have a french language judge, none other than Jean Pierre Makosso.

We are looking for meditation on ice and the light at the winter solstice in the form of a short poem.

Haiku is welcome as well as any other type of short poetry. I've just posted some words on how to write HAIKU on my blog.

First and second place winners will have the chance to read or have their poem read for them at the gathering at the Sechelt Arts Centre on December 18th, 2010 as part of the evening of STORIES FOR A WINTER SOLSTICE.

Open to anyone of any age anywhere. You don't have to be a poet to write a poem.

Entry fee $5 (send as many poems for this amount as you wish); all must have the inspiration of ice and/or light at the winter solstice.

First & Second place winning poems will be posted on,,

ONe Cool Word Magazine's blog/ facebook/ twitter urls

as well as: ,

JUDGES: Tracy Stefanucci, editor of One Cool Word Magazine (Vancouver), Shelley Harrison-Rae of Wordlink lounge (Sunshine Coast) and Jean Pierre Makosso of Makosso's Village.

Entry fee is waived if entrant purchases a ticket to the show STORIES FOR A WINTER SOLSTICE (Dec 18 @ Arts Centre). Tickets can be purchased at Wind Song in Sechelt, MELOmania in Roberts Creek and GAIA'S FAIR TRADE in Gibsons as of Novemer 12th Friday.

DEADLINE to submit POEMS: December 10th 2010
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First place winner receives a basket of goodies, including a poster of ICE GATE by Gord Halloran, a bottle of Vincor wine and other seasonal goodies.

Send your email poem with contact info to:; send your poem and your entry fee of $5 to: Ice Painting Project Society, General Delivery, Roberts Creek, B.C. V0N 2W0, Canada.

STORIES FOR A WINTER SOLSTICE, the popular Christmas show written and performed by Caitlin Hicks which toured internationally to excellent reviews and was broadcast on the CBC numerous times, comes to the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre on Saturday, December 18 th 2010 at 7:30 PM. The show features Caitlin Hicks telling true & fictional stories in character from the west coast of Canada.
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Time for you to get your creative writing flowing. What a great contest to celebrate the Winter Solstice December 21st.

One of my fave ways to celebrate this ancient holiday is to decorate a tree outside with dried pine cones stuffed with seed for the birds to give thanks to the Earth and Sun, which is what the holiday is all about.

And thank you Caitlin for being a special guest contributor :D

Good luck everyone with your entries! Duane Burnett

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