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Reflections on the National Summit

I recently attended the Canadian Public Relations Society National Summit in Banff, AB. Being a new president for my local chapter, I took a lot away from it… here are my reflections, originally posted on the blog.

CPRS Northern Lights

Now that we’ve all had some time to get home from last week’s CPRS National Summit 2014 in beautiful Banff and settle back into “reality,” I wanted to offer my reflections on the conference and what it means to be the new President of the best little chapter that everyone knows (and loves), Northern Lights.

Banff Springs The gorgeous setting for our conference, the Fairmont Banff Springs.

This was my third national conference and they keep getting better. The sessions and opportunities to learn are always good of course, but the conference is so much more than that. It occurs to me now that the greatest value in these conferences is the networking, as cliche as that may sound (and I don’t just mean the socializing, of which there was a little, I’ll admit). Our now past national president, Richard Truscott, put it nicely when he referred to the conference as his…

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2013 in review

It’s certainly been a fun year of blogging for me! I’ve grown a tad more consistent with this blog (maybe not lately, but hey, it’s the busiest month of the year!) and have had some great opportunities come my way (like blogging for Destination BC!). I’m looking forward to 2014 and really getting into a regular rhythm with this blog especially, and getting some more good content out on the Explore BC blog.

WordPress puts together a 2013 annual report with cool stats for their blogs, so I thought I’d share that below.

I want to thank all of you who visit this blog for coming back again and again, and wish you the very best in health and happiness for 2014! Happy New Year!!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy Canada Day!

It’s a beautiful day to be Canadian! I made this quick graphic in Wordle to pass on some Canada Day spirit to you. What words would you add to describe our great country?

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

I’m heading off to the lake to enjoy this day. Hope your celebrations are safe, fun and relaxing, wherever you are! :)

Engaged in work (and health) through… dance?

flash mob

The healthy living flash mob! (photo by

About a month ago, I started work on the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on in my professional career – a flash mob! It was part of a campaign I led from a communications standpoint with the healthier you promotions working group at work to promote healthy living in our public – including healthy eating, active living and finding a balance of health in day-to-day life. And I don’t think I’ve ever been so engaged in my work – EVER.

The campaign involved a daily blog post (sometimes two in a day) to the Northern Health Matters blog and a lot of social media marketing on all of our channels. It was the first time I got to put some of things I learned from my master’s degree research paper into real practice (and I really should summarize that here for my readers in a future post!). It sure felt good to know that my time over the last couple years (doing my degree work) has resulted in some sort of practical value.

Anyway – the flash mob! Seriously, how cool is that? But boy, was it a lot of work. Permission from multiple administrators, finding a choreographer (Lisa from Be Unique Fitness was the one and wow, was she fantastic!), finding people to participate (including certain key people), organizing rehearsals, finding space for rehearsals, finding a photographer (Yellow Ribbon Photography!), fielding infinite questions, etc etc etc. Not to mention learning the steps myself! Yes, I can now cross “dancing in a flash mob” off my life list! So all that work was well worth it!

Watch it now!

So long twenties, and thanks for all the fish

So long twenties. You’ve been… interesting. A lot of ups and a lot of downs, and a lot of moments I’d like to just plain wash from the annals of history. Yes, there are many times that will forever be locked in my most precious memory bank: meeting my best friend and marrying him, for example, and finishing my master’s degree. Still though, twenties, I can’t say I’m sorry to see you go.

Things I’m looking forward to in my thirties:

  • Having babies and starting the awesomest little family there ever was.
  • Having my first article(s) published in a magazine.
  • Finally visiting Italy.
  • Writing more regularly.
  • Advancing to some big, overnight hiking trips.
  • Moving to the country or buying property.
  • Buying a boat.*
  • Becoming a college or university instructor.
  • Becoming an aunt.

*I drafted this post a couple weeks ago in preparation for the inevitable day (today), and coincidentally, we bought a boat yesterday! So this point should more accurately be “Riding around in my new boat.” :) Always the overachiever, I’m crossing off goals for my thirties before they even arrive! Happy birthday to me!

my new boat

New boat.