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About Randy Friesen

Randy Friesen

Randy Friesen is an educator and administrator at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver BC. He is also a business consultant, husband and father.  He loves the arts and is active in creating music.  This blog began as a way of working through his son’s passing at the age of 17.  He was so moved by the support of the on-line community, friends and family, that he is hoping these posts help others on their journey.

His son, Christian Friesen, will be remembered on many levels and the Christian Friesen Memorial Fund, through Simon Fraser University, has been established as a lasting memory and a way to assist others to change the world.  Whether it was lacrosse, school or helping people, Chris always strove to Be The Best.  Many of those life lessons came from his family and reinforced by incredible teachers, coaches, friends and relatives along the way.  This blog will aim to help share those tips and exchange ideas with a thousand young men and women like Chris and anyone else who wants to participate on the journey.

To get the full picture, please start with the first blog on Easter Sunday, 2010.

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21 Comments
  1. Vi Wiens permalink

    Looking forward to reading these blogs.

  2. Kristin permalink

    i stumbled across the memorial page for chris on facebook while searching for something else…since then i have spent time reading and learning about chris, from the memories and tributes written by friends and family on that facebook page, to the beautiful words and videos on this blog…i have also been holding my own children a bit closer, and been more grateful in general for the many blessings in my life…thank you for sharing chris’s life and passion…i am so sorry for your loss….

  3. Allan Friesen permalink

    Hi Randy, I am a relative of yours in Denver, CO. My father was Dietrich Friesen. I was very sorry to learn of your loss. I am looking forward to reading your blogs and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We need another Friesen reunion!

    • Hi Allan. Thanks so much for joining us on-line. Chris LOVED Denver because of the University there and attended several lacrosse camps and games there.

  4. Lisa permalink

    Randy, I’m glad I found this site… I enjoy reading your blogs.

  5. Sandie Mooney permalink

    I just love you ….. still! You are an amazing person.

  6. Dylan Reichelt permalink

    Randy I love the pictures……….. Keep it up man!!!!!!!

  7. Debbie Klassen permalink

    Randy,
    We are close friends of Arv and Steph and know Brent and Cathy well. We have been praying for your whole family. I enjoy your blog very much. Your parents were our pastors at ACF. Wonderful gentle people. I love the videos of them.

  8. Hey Randy,
    Thanks for the link to my review of Cathy Hardy’s concerts… the correct link is:

    http://www.churchinabbotsford.com/index.php?page=public.ministries

  9. Jamie permalink

    Hey Randy.
    I never had the chance to meet Chris, but today, I stopped by and said hi to him and spend some time with him and thought about him.

    May Chris rock in paradise.

    • Thanks for saying hi. Chris was an amazing young man who continues to inspire and his passion for excellence fuels our journey here. Take care!

  10. Jamie permalink

    i was watching the video of Max in the triathlon and it looked like he had a tattoo either on his arm or the back of his arm. does he have a tattoo or was it the number he used?

  11. ryan permalink

    chris was a insparation to all and has pushed me to be a better player

    • Love it Ryan. He pushed us all to be better players, sons, moms and dad. Thanks for checking in. Be The Best!

  12. Allison Markin gave me your name and blog site. It seems we have much in common. We are members of a club we did not ask to join.

    Here is the link to my blog about our son.

    http://tedfarrmedia.blogspot.com/2011/09/if-you-couldnt-play-tomorrow-how-hard.html

    We lost him 4 years ago January 27.

    • Hi Ted. I just read your story and that of your son Jonathan via your blog. I am VERY sorry for your loss…and I DO know how you feel…(at least to some degree). You can reach me at randy_friesen@bcit.ca as I would like to continue this conversation as there are so many commonalities and lacrosse being the center of our son’s lives. All the very best as you continue your journey.

  13. Flavia permalink

    Hi Randy,

    Great blog and inspiring story!

    You and your family will be on my prayers.

    Flavia.

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