Traveling the unknown and known
Wandering the World
'The Americas' 2016
After 100 days in Central and South America the world is smaller, my experience is wider and my heart is more robust. Travel inspires thought and action. With new perspective everything becomes clear and hazy at the same time. I was told that Monet's eyesight was very poor. What he put on the canvass was what he actually saw. If you squint while looking at his work you see clearly.
Showgirl Trapped in a Librarian's Body
began as an unknown entity. After writing RECkless abandon, the journey began to develop a second 'resource', one focused on living. RECkless abandon focused on connecting people with play, this one was to connect people with passion. Writing in many forms, about various topics, for different audiences, all dried up until one day my love of casting and sculpture snuck in. The connection was made to integrate sculptures of the human form with the notion of connecting people with passion, living life to the fullest, looking at the world in new ways and dynamic evolution. On February 28th, 2015 Showgirl launched. Cathi Groves and I partnered to share her photography and my sculptures and sparkart cards. It was and is a sculptural experience, essential writings and inspirational visuals presented in a casual evening event. I'll be sharing photos and videos so you can taste what Showgirl is all about.
Active Community Strategy
This ARPA initiative is focused on working with rural communities to develop a community strategy for an active community. Growing out of the ACE initiative, this digs down to build and utilize the capacity that was nurtured in ACE Communities. Piloting with 4 communities; High Level, Camrose, Irricana and Lethbridge, in 2010-2011, it has now moved into a partnership with the AHS, and funding from the ACPLF. Ten new communities from across the province (Grande Priaire, Calling Lake, Leduc, Sylvan Lake, Airdrie, Cardel Place Calgary, Okotoks, Longview, High River, and Pincher Creek) are now embarking on their Strategy development. As the co-lead facilitator, I am excited to work with professionals in the Recreation and Health fields on this exciting initiative!
Mount Royal University - Deparment of Physical Education and Recreation Studies
I've had the amazing opportunity to learn together with students in a number of courses in the past years. I've taught the Issues and Trends in Sport and Recreation course, Community Development, and Leadership and Communication courses. I continue to learn about learning and teaching, facilitating and engaging our upcoming leaders, and of course new ideas around content that is ever-changing. How lucky am I, in the midst of energy, interest and those who will create and lead us into the future!
Alberta 55 Plus
The group involved in Alberta 55 Plus is active and keen on growing their membership. The 2012 Retreat brought leaders from across the province together to plan for the future and connect with each other. This group is taking action, visit www.Alberta55Plus.ca for more information.
Alberta Education is looking forward 20 years together with innovators in the field. I was honoured to facilitate at one of their provincial forums in October 2009 focusing on the future of education in Alberta.
Involvement with ACE Communities:
As a coach for the provincial ACE (Active Creative, Engaged) Communities initiative, I worked with rural Alberta communities to support and facilitate leadership development through recreation, parks, arts, culture and heritage. I also facilitated ACE retreats and conference sessions at their provincial forum. To learn more about ACE Communities, an Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) initiative, visit www.arpaonline.ca
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