April 22nd, 2016
Vancouver was a great host.
Outfit: Black dress worn backwards, gold embossed earrings, gold and black medallion from Spain, black nylons (yes they still exist), black wedge boots, black pinstripe blazer. (This is actually what I ended up wearing last night, so I’m recycling the look for your benefit…and mine)
Well I’m back and all is well. I did not pass out during the presentation and for those of you who are asking: It went well.
Aside from the fact that my interview with CBC got cancelled due to Prince’s death, I had a great time in Vancouver. It was so nice to be there and re-acquaint myself with the areas I used to roam everyday on my way home from work. I poked around Gastown and went into great stores like La Differencia, which carries only hand-made shoes from Europe and Nicole Bridger who is a local Vancouver designer, who is also by the way hosting a Fashion Revolution event in her store this weekend. I would have gone if I was still there.
I have lost of great stories, like the one where I got ‘randomly’ selected twice for further security at both Kelowna and Vancouver airports, or the one where I was talking to the lady at the front desk and she kept mentioning how 4:20 was making traffic crazy, and I just thought she was talking about rush hour. But my ultimate fail story was accidentally sneaking into a private breakfast while thinking it was the complementary continental breakfast from the hotel.
Oh my goodness, I couldn’t stop laughing at myself once I realized what I had done and I talked to the waitress who added she was wondering why I was the only English speaking person in the group! We both had a good chuckle.
The presentation went really well considering I went off book for most of it and kept forgetting to mention what I had thought were the real funny bits. Instead I kept telling stories from my own experience and in the end that worked out better. I got really great feedback from the audience and great discussion afterwards. Met some really interesting people who are equally keen on this crazy topic and many of them were very kind and said they were greatly inspired.
My favourite conversation was with a young man from Asia who told me he was so inspired, that he felt he needed to bring about some change in his own country. He said wanted to share this message with ‘his people’ because right now they don’t care! So awesome! I told him that he totally could do it, that this is the time to bring about change and education at that level. I wish him the best of luck!
Thank you to Laurie Wood, Joanna Ashworth and SFU for the great opportunity and wonderful experience. I had an absolute blast!