Eeep… We’re Nominated, Time to VOTE!

2 Apr

Typically I leave work material off my blog, but yesterday something exciting happened!

The social media accounts that I assist in coordinating have been nominated for a Social Media Award in the category of Excellence in Engagement.


Now what? Well, we want to win. So it’s time to VOTE!

How? Right here! It takes less time then it did for you to read this blog.

Be sure to vote daily, you can vote once every 24 hours until April 9th 🙂


Are you above the line?

25 Mar

Are you above the line?

This weekend the JDC West 2015 LS took place in Victoria. On Sunday Matt Corker ( came to facilitate a ‘Blue Sky’ session with us. He opened his session with the idea of ‘Living Above the Line’ and it was a nice little kick in the pants for me, so I’d like to share this with you.

Living above the line allows for creation in a world of possibility.

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CDMR – Bad for Nurses, Bad for Patients

3 Mar

Last Thursday night, I had a Facebook Rant that went a little something like this:

“Thankfully I have the pleasure of living with a nursing student and have been rather informed on the issue of Vancouver Island Health Authority changing the current patient care model on Vancouver Island. Tonight I heard first hand the horror stories from nurses in Nanaimo about how it is affecting the work place and who it is hurting – Do yourself a favour and get informed on the issue, the changes they are making are BAD for nurses and BAD for patients. The plan is to roll out this program at VGH and RJH April 23 and this should not happen. For more information about the CDMR check out BCNU’s website.”

It has been a few days since I was able to attend a Town Hall about the Patient Care Delivery Model Redesign organized by Andrew Weaver, MLA and it is still bothering me. Many members of my community have no idea that this bomb is going to be dropped directly in the middle of the their health care system. Nurses can do the best they can to assist in informing the community of what these changes are going to mean, but I do not think that will be enough.

Contact your MLA, show your support for the BCNU by signing their petition and educate others about the issue.


Further to this Andrew Weaver has just released the notes from this weeks Question Period and he called on the Minister of Health, Terry Lake. The dialogue clearly shows that the Minister is in support of Island Health, which may be the scariest piece of information yet.


19 Nov

It wasn’t until recently that I realized how important it is for me to be involved in the community that I am living in. And by saying this, I don’t mean just on a social level. Philanthropic involvement, spiritual involvement, physical involvement, I could go on and on… After graduation last year, my key focus, priority numero uno, was getting a job.

So, that happened, work is going great, but there is something missing.

I’m one of those people who perform better, do more, and am generally a happier person when I am BUSY. So I joined a running clinic, signed up for a French class and was going to yoga a few times a week.

Still, something was missing.

About a month ago a friend took me to a mixer after work, there was wine, appies, and young business professionals, lots of them. All chatting, networking, mingling and in general having a good time. And in that moment, watching this happen, it hit me like a tonne of bricks. What I was missing was a community.

After the mixer I asked more about how I could get involved with the group throwing the mingle, Prodigy Group.

Fast forward 1 month…

I am now apart of the team, focussing on developing Social Media for PG and super excited to be involved with this organization. There are some amazing people who sit on the board who have  a focus on community, mentorship, events, and in general, being awesome. This little bit from their website explains it best “The Prodigy Group is a diverse network of emerging professionals who reside in the Greater Victoria Area. Through our ties to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and other business and community organizations, we provide our members the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and to affect positive change in Greater Victoria.”

Thanks Lindsay for bringing me to the mingle & introducing me to PG. Super excited for what is to come over the course of the next year.



Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

25 Jun

The power of vulnerability

Recently my room mate showed me this Ted Talk, and for some reason it has really resonated with me.

“im just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means i am ALIVE!”

From Ted Talks: Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. (Filmed at TEDxHouston.)

‘Making It’ in 2013

5 Jan

You may see this and think 100% about career… personally though, I must tell you that has little to nothing to do with career. To me, ‘making it’ it achieving success in your every day life, enjoying all of the small wins that turn into major successes. In the last year I have realized that success ultimately lies in the little things you do to make your life better, in turn these little things will cause pretty awesome things to happen. Not saying you don’t need to put in any significant efforts, just that if you are consistently doing little things for good, big things, real great big things start to happen.

So for 2013 these are things I am going to be consistently working on and ‘making it’ happen in my everyday life

Healthy Mind: Just because I am no longer a student doesn’t mean I have to stop learning. Continuous learning is so important to me. Achieve this by:

  • Read More Books
  • Meet with Mentors
  • Stay Up to Date on World Events
  • Keep this blog up to date… no more year leave of absences

Healthy Body: 1 Half Marathon Down and now 1 (Maybe 2) More to Go. Focus on:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Drink Water (Lotsa Water)
  • Stick to the running plan
  • Get creative with the cross-training (Already signed up for a boxing bootcamp)
  • Physio/Massage Regularly

Healthy Soul: Everyone has to hit the reset button on occasion. You will find me:

  • With Family
  • Travelling
  • Reuniting with friends from Exchange
  • Disregarding all of the people so concerned about my current relationship status… that is my business and believe me, if he is important enough and you are important enough, trust me, I will tell you about him, so until then… leave it be. Thank you 🙂

I have to say that 2012 was an exceptional year and I have no doubt 2013 will be just as amazing, if not more. I may not be living abroad for 4 months at a time, but I really feel that this time of my life is just as exciting as a new adventure abroad. So buckle in and join me for the ride as I keep moving forward in to the new year!

2012 In Review

5 Jan

You may have noticed 1 or 2 things about my blog.

1. This is my first post since January 2012… sad right?

2. There is a new name on the top… excited?


To fill you in on 2012:

Rocked JDC West with Team Gustavson and specifically my HR Team… 2nd Place in our category with Jess Hathaway and Andrew Laycock

Had my last semester of my undergrad degree from Jan-April

Landed a super awesome co-op and lived with a crazy bunch in ‘The Wetherby’

Ran a TONNE and made it through my first ever Half Marathon in Seattle, WA

Represented the Canadian Economy as a Skills Canada Alumni at the APEC Youth Skills Camp in China

Went on a 3 week European adventure

Graduated from The Gustavson School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Victoria

Started my first ‘big-girl’ job in the hospitality industry

Rounded out the year with time well spent at home with family and friends

Now that you are all caught up, let’s get moving forward…