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My Free The Children Adventure: Experiencing Community in the Maasai Mara

14 Sep

I first learned about KPMG’s relationship with Free The Children in November 2011 when I was conducting interview research for my current position of Senior Marketing Coordinator with KPMG in Saskatoon. I promised myself I would go on a Free The Children trip to Kenya if I was hired. I received an offer letter from KPMG in late December and 18 months later I found myself volunteering in the beautiful Maasai Mara with Free The Children and KPMG team members from across Canada.

My Kenyan volunteer adventure was truly an indescribable experience. I don’t believe people simply go on a Free The Children trip; they are called to join a Free The Children adventure and take part in something much bigger than themselves. In Kenya I experienced firsthand Free The Children’s mission in action. I saw young people achieving their full potential as agents of change. I met Kenya’s future leaders, community builders, politicians, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, journalists, and famers.

Upon returning to Canada after my whirlwind adventure friends and family had a million questions: what did you do, who did you meet, where did you sleep, what did you eat, were there lots of mosquitoes, did you get sick, what animals did you see, did you cry? Every day Free The Children coordinated amazing experiences from dawn to dusk. With so many questions and so many incredible stories to share, where do I begin?

SalabwekKidsA dear friend asked me what my biggest take away was from my adventure. Without a doubt my most memorable and powerful experiences were spending time learning about community from the youth at Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School and Salabwek Primary School. The youth at both schools were so inspiring; they were so eloquent, confident, and community oriented. I’ve never been more impressed by a collective group of teenagers. At both schools youth performed traditional song and dance for our KPMG team. After the performances we spent time visiting with these young adults learning about their childhoods in Kenya and sharing what life is like in Canada. Luckily the children learn Swahili and English in school and we communicated effortlessly. These intimate conversations were so touching. It was so inspiring (and heartbreaking) to learn how hard the children work to attend school, achieve good grades, and build a better life for the future. I know at 13 years old I would not have been comfortable talking to a stranger from the other side of the world about my post secondary plans and what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Salabwek-DancingMore impressive than these youth’s confidence and determination to have a good education is their sense of community. Community is an essential part of life in the Maasai Mara. Kisaruni Secondary School describes community beautifully. Community is “a place where each individual experiences the family feel, is responsible to others and the environment, is heard, is appreciated, takes care of each other no matter what and where we are all peacemakers”.

KisaruniGirlsWhile visiting Kisaruni I sat down and had tea with two students, Naomi and Masi, who shared what life is like at their all girls’ boarding school. These young women explained how they set aside time each day to help their peers struggling with classes, take turns leading their student representative councils, and that no one is every left behind. If one person fails, everyone fails. These girls gave the impression that there is no competition at Kisaruni for valedictorian, most valuable player, or lead singer. Everyone is a leader and a member of the community who has something valuable to contribute. This sense of selflessness was so incredibly refreshing, especially in comparison to North America’s focus on competition and success.

My biggest learning from my Free The Children adventure is to value community, be more selfless, and take care of those around me. A valuable lesson learned from youth who are wise beyond their years.

*All the views expressed on my blog are my own*

International Women’s Day

9 Mar

A modern progressive world needs equality.

I want to take a moment to celebrate International Women’s Day. March 8 marks a celebration of resilience, femininity, and the achievements of women around the world.

All women deserve the freedoms of health, education, and justice. All women deserve the power to give themselves and their families the best possible future. I am so incredibly fortunate to live in a time and place that is largely respectful of gender rights. We need to remain tenacious for future sustainable change.

Enjoy this mashup of girl-power, feminism, and equality.

Lunafest.

IWD001hubbubbuckle.

IWD003Sarah Julia Clark.

IWD004Tales from Fish Camp: A City Girl’s Experience Working in an Alaskan Fishing Village and Feminist Ryan Gosling.

IWD005MartinCline.

IWD006Red Prairie Press.

IWD008Do you sign emails xoxo?

IWD0013Madison Park Group.

IWD009You can be girly and a feminist.

IWD0012

Santigold – Girls.

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Shop Local! Handmade Markets.

12 Nov

I love holiday craft fairs. I’m disappointed to miss Vancouver’s amazing Got Craft and Make It events this year. I’m hoping Saskatoon’s Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market and Artisan Fine Craft Market can help fill this void in my DIY, local shopping, holiday heart.

I am really loving Flock & Gather’s Winter Wonders poster! How charming is this mustached reindeer?!

Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market.
December 7 & 8.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Admission: free!

2012 Artisan Fine Craft Market
November 23, 24 & 25
TCU Place, Saskatoon
Admission: $5.00

To readers nearby and readers far away, I encourage you to shop local this holiday season! Over the past five years my parents’ favourite Christmas presents were handmade, purchased at a local shop, or bought at a holiday market. Holiday craft fairs are the perfect opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods in a casual environment where you will have the opportunity to meet the makers in person, talk about their handmade goods, and learn about their creative processes.

Doesn’t it feel amazing to support artisans and crafters like Mabel Pike!?

Happy shopping!

national lowercase day

14 Oct

the ultimate holiday site says it is national lowercase day, “an entire day to turn your back on everything you’ve learned about proper nouns.” a day dedicated to poor grammar. the awesomeness of this holiday is debatable. writing this blog post without capital letters is making microsoft word angry and hurting my brain.

love it or hate it – we are acknowledging national lowercase day on the bb creative. enjoy this fun project with lower case (and upper case) letters by tien-min liao.

h a n d m a d e  t y p e –  a typography experiment 

happy topographic holiday!

While I’m Away…

30 Jul

Well friends, I am taking a much needed vacation. I’m not entirely sure how relaxing my time away will be, but I know it will be completely fabulous. I’ll share more about my travels when I’m back.

While I’m away please enjoy these lovely Saskatchewan landscapes my mom took this summer at a family reunion! So peaceful and serene. Very unlike my upcoming urban vacation!

For those who follow me on twitter you may have noticed that I’m a little excited for Osheaga (3 days, 18hours, and 30 minutes to go!). Looking forward to seeing Dan Mangan, one of Canada’s favorite independent musicians, live Sunday afternoon.

When I’m back in Saskatchewan I will definitely be watching What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary on CBC August 25 (or on a later date via CBC Music). I also plan to see Dan perform at the Odeon in Saskatoon with the Rural Alberta Advantage on November 3, 2012. Who wants to join me?

Yup! I’m excited! Have a fabulous, summery August. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

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Osheaga – Female Powerhouses

22 Jul

The countdown is on! 11 days. 16hours. 10 minutes.

This summer I’m going to Osheaga (pronunciation: O (hard o)- she(soft e)- ha – ga) with my bestie and it is going to be totally amazing. I’ve never been to Montreal and I’ve never been to a three day music festival. I have very high expectations and I know that Montreal, Osheaga, and my 3,500+ new friends won’t disappoint.

Almost all of my favourite artists are performing at Osheaga 2012. I’m most excited to see Metric, Feist, and Florence + The Machine (not necessarily in that order). I have a girl-crush on these amazing, female powerhouses. I’ve seen Emily Haines and Feist perform live and they were both mesmerizing.

These women are true artists; watching them perform live is like watching an art project come to life. They show so much of their creative process during their concerts. Their performances are poetic, captivating, inspiring, thrilling. Both Emily and Feist can wail on the guitar and break your heart with a single note.

METRIC

FEIST

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 

I cannot wait for this unforgettable trip! (Squeal!)

The Original Canadian Hipster

18 Jul

On Sunday I spent a lovely afternoon at the Mendel Art Gallery. After exploring the current exhibitions I visited the gift shop. I stumbled upon these completely charming Canadian Heroes! greeting cards by Wendy Tancock. I am particularly enamored with Wendy’s Mr. Dressup card.

If I ever decide to get a pet I think I will have to name him/her Finnigan.

(CBC Still Photo Collection)

Such fond childhood memories! Shows like Mr. Dressup are a great example of why it is important to support the CBC.

I’m on Mr. Dressup! from Daniel Allard on Vimeo.

Mr. Dressup was produced by CBC Television and was a staple of CBC’s morning schedule for an incredible 32 years (1967-1996). The show aired every weekday morning and featured Ernie Coombs as Mr. Dressup. Mr. Dressup, along with his friends Casey and Finnegan, entertained generations of Canadian children with simple crafts, sing-alongs, drawing lessons (my favourite), and imaginative trips to the “tickle trunk”. My childhood would not have been the same without Dr. Dressup’s calm, patient, and encouraging creativity. Mr. Dressup was wonderful.

I hope the CBC continues to engage and inspire children across our great nation with its morning television programming.

p.s. – you can check out more great greeting cards from Wendy Tancock here. CBC nerds will love this card.