“I have known Tom literally since he moved to Kelowna. I met him through our good friend and politician MLA Sindi Hawkins who has since passed. She has left both of us with a wonderful friendship.”
“Tom and I hit it off, right off the bat. He, as a new person in Kelowna and I as a long time Kelownian who likes to embrace with open arms new people into our community, especially someone like Tom Budd, who incidentally I did not know a thing about the day I met him. Sindi said “Come meet Tom” at the Lance Armstrong event and so I did!
Now, more to the point as to why I feel Tom is a benefit to our community and also why he is a great guest/keynote speaker for any event.
Not only is Tom a Philanthropist (Thomas Alan Budd Foundation) he is truly a genuine person through his philanthropy. This means that even though he has the means to give generously to the community, he gives with his heart openly with no strings attached. This is often hard to do for most, but Tom does it genuinely.
The above is exactly why he excels as a speaker for any event. I have listened to Tom in tragedy and happiness. It takes a special person like Tom to feel the tragedy in his life, but now to embrace the events and help others moving forward.
I do not mean that his tragedy will help others, I mean through his eyes, either sad or happy people WILL listen and embrace his meaningful words.
Tom is now moving forward in the future of his life and willing to give to others with his speaking and knowledge. I would be pleased to recommend him to any person or organization who asked me to give a SEAL OF APPROVAL!”