Fun facts about me that have nothing to do with Theatre:
I have lived all over the country and also abroad - from Vancouver to PEI, in various dwellings including a 1970's camper van, a 150 year old log home deep in the Gatineau hills, a moldy one room apartment in Paris, a massive estate in the French countryside, the Canadian suburbs, and numerous apartments and houses in major Canadian cities including Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto and Ottawa. I tend to gravitate towards attics.
The takeaways: Versatility, adaptability, knowledge of major centres and small communities across Canada, and abroad (plus some languages including French, Italian and Spanish)
I worked my way up in a major yoga wear company, leading teams in accountable goal setting for both company and individual personal success, and becoming a national trainer establishing a ground breaking retail management program. This changed my life, influenced my leadership style and gave me my first real taste of how to be an effective educator
The takeaways: Management training in a corporate environment, professional public speaking, leadership, compassion and listening. This is also where I learned that I could embody all of these skills while also being fun!
I have a diploma in Horticulture & Landscape Design, and was a gardener for the NCC, doing gardening for Prime Minister Jean Chretien at 24 Sussex, Diplomatic Guests at 7 Rideau Gate, the leader of the Opposition Party at Stornoway, and the Prime Minister's Cottage in at Harrington Lake in Quebec.
The takeaways: the ability to function professionally in all weather, ever-changing environments, killer gardening knowledge and confidence that, above all else, I need nature but I also love Theatre
I trekked to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail in Peru. It is my goal to hike the Appalachian Trail someday.
The takeaways: You can always rely on the kindness of strangers, even if you can't always speak the language fluently, and you never need more than you can fit in a backpack