1997 - Several days after the tragic death of Diana, Princess of
Wales, and the day before Mother Theresa of Calcutta passed on, inspiration
struck. The world mourned and the Heartfelt Crests, joining the material,
"felt" with the shape of a "heart", to express the "heartfelt" emotion
we were sharing, was created. Humanity it seemed had discovered that we
were a family, and that the death of two beautiful souls made all our hearts
skip a beat. We mourned together.
The idea went from
a concept to distribution in only three days, including creating an industrial
cutting die, acquiring felt and pins, cutting the hearts, organizing volunteers,
getting permission from city venues churches, the city and skydome. Everyone
involved went well beyond the call of duty and the Heartfelt Project was
a tremendous success.
1997 - Memorial Services are held at Toronto's Skydome. Thousands
attend, burn candles, wearing Heartfelt Remembrance Crests.
1997 - Heartfelt crests are delivered to churches and distributed
to those attending memorial services. At St. James Cathedral in Toronto
a cousin of Lady Diana attends and wears a Heartfelt Crest to the service.
Heartfelt crests are distributed through various City Halls where condolence
books are available as well as other appropriate venues in the Greater
Toronto Area including Roy Thomson Hall, the Omega Centre and the United
- The Federal Government's "Millennium Task force", led by Deputy Prime
Minister, "Herb Grey" consider the Heartfelt Project as a year 2000 Project,
as proposed "Millennium Council of Canada". The MCC also submit a similar
Heartfelt project proposal to the provincial government of Ontario.
are distributed to GTA schools over the course of the year, at times in
tandem with a musical/visual presentation focussing on the "Heart of Humanity".
- Heartfelt Crests are specially flown out for distribution at memorial
services through the Canadian Prime Minister's Protocol Office. Local Members
of Parliament donate Canadian flag pins for special significance. Proposal
is published on the internet to establish the "Heartfelt Holidays" recognizing
and exemplifying humanitarians and humanity.
Here and there Heartfelt
Crests have also been distributed at funerals for family and friends where
2001 - Heartfelt Crests are delivered to Toronto City Hall to be
shared with those signing condolence books for those tragically lost
on September 11, 2001.
2001 - A proposal is sent to Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman suggesting
the establishment of the tradition of wearing Heartfelt Crests in September,
as a symbol of remembrance and resolution. The proposal includes a request
to use Toronto City Hall as a primary distribution point for crests in
September of 2002.
2001 - Garth Cole and Ritchie Sinclair take thousands of Heartfelt
Crests to New York City for the "Canada Loves New York rally.