Walking for Canada’s Homeless

I’ve said before that one of my favourite parts of my job is that every so often, I get to meet someone who is inspiring, someone who challenges me to continue pursuing my dream of being a life-changer and a history maker. These people come in all shapes and forms, and from all walks of life, and on Monday morning, …

Don’t Join the Slacktivists

Last week the world was rocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of actor Robin Williams’ apparent suicide. A number of celebrities, political officials and other important figures have died in my short lifetime, but I have never seen the world respond as emotionally and full of grief as it did when this news broke. The news sparked an onslaught …

It’s Time to Take Suicide Contagion Seriously

Suicide contagion. Yep, I said it, and yes it is a real thing. It’s a dangerous thing that follows a publicized suicide of any kind, but specifically, a celebrity suicide. I think it’s safe to say, that along with a number of contributing factors from the media, this new attitude of slacktivism the world has taken to across social media …

Robin, you will be missed.

I had a big post planned out, but instead I’m going to share this.   Robin William’s death is hitting me strangely hard for someone I never met. Likely, a mix between the fact that I can relate to the struggles of depression and mental illness, but also, because Robin is a large reason that the ‘Disney’ magic is alive …

Geeks, Sexism, and Assault

Sorry I’ve been away for a couple weeks. Things got a little crazy at the paper with multiple deadlines and trying to get life stuff done.   I wanted to share the column I wrote for this week’s paper, because it’s both an issue I’m passionate about and ties in relatively well with my last post. It’s one of the …

A response to the Women Against Feminism.

I want to start off by saying that I understand where many of you are coming from. Where the idea of being connected with something that has been linked to women being superior rather than equal is an issue you don’t want to be a part of. Where, from your comfortable spot in the world, you’ve been fortunate enough to …

#StopTheBeautyMadness

I stood in front of the mirror at my inlaws’ house this past weekend, staring at myself in the mirror, trying to figure out whether I should even bother going to the beach or if I should just throw back on my clothes and forget the swimming part. Weight has been an issue with me for a long time, and …

It’s still all a bit surreal

As I sit here at my desk, staring out into the newsroom, part of me still just wants to laugh. After all, there is more history to my working here than most are aware of, and I think, certainly more than even the staff are aware of.   I didn’t always want to be a journalist. In fact, I was …

Tying in the past, the present and the future

Some of you may not know this, but when I was four, my mother passed away of stomach cancer. Most of my memories of her surround while she was dying. Her name was Suzanne, and my sister and I never really knew her. My sister was only ten months when she passed.   We were very blessed that God brought …

Something ’bout a dress

When I first got back from my Guatemala Mission trip, I freaked out about the idea of spending a lot of money on a wedding dress. After everything I had seen, I couldn’t bring myself to spend a lot of money on a dress I would never wear again.   I didn’t really know what I was looking for in …