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Through Leadership Calgary I’ve had the opportunity to meet a remarkable lady by the name of Gena Rotstein.  Her company, Dexterity Consulting is Canada’s first and only Philanthropic Brokerage Firm(tm) and specializes in building and maintaining diversified philanthropic investment portfolios for clients that want to maximize the impact of their charitable contributions to the community.

Dexterity’s unique approach to business is reflected even by it’s office location–the back of Gallery 213, an art gallery created in part to support Canadian artists by offering up commission-free wall space. And here, here is where the post begins!

On September 3, 2009, Dexterity Consulting along with a number of sponsors presented the first Canadian taste of the Milestones Project, a 35,000+ image collection of moments depicting a series of firsts for children around the world. The first tooth, first best friend, first day of school, and first haircut are shared by people the world ’round regardless of race, color, religion or location.  The aim of the program (if I may be so bold as to summarize) is to show how similar we all are when you strip away the meaningless hatred and ignorance that segregates us from others.

Photographers Richard and Michele Steckel, the real heart of the Milestones Project were on hand to speak about their work and what it meant.  Their graciousness and commitment to the betterment of the world is to be commended, and has been recognized by such organizations as the United Nations among others.. They were a true inspiration to speak with!

The opening night was by all accounts a great success with a packed house for most of the night.  We were joined by several special guests and a crowd of enthusiastic supporters for the opening comments.  The show will continue until October 31, 2009 and is located in Gallery 213 at Art Central in downtown Calgary..

I managed to catch a few photos using available light. With the gallery as packed as it was, I felt it would be a bit ignorant to use a flash and blind the whole audience regularly but in hindsight, the quality of the photos would have been greatly advanced by a little off-camera flash.