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CSI Hookup

I’m happy to announce I’ve joined the new Hookup Team at the Centre for Social Innovation. This CSI initiative connects experts with other community members who are looking for professional advice.

I’ll be offering free one-on-one consultations on storytelling and marketing. I love helping individuals and organizations use storytelling to create positive social change, and I’m especially passionate about working with environmentally and socially conscious clients.

I’m looking forward to meeting more members of the CSI community, and developing my consulting skills!

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Image courtesy of the Centre for Social Innovation.

Interview: Diandra Oliver

Welcome to the first instalment in my irregular interview series. “Irregular” because I don’t yet know how often I will post interviews, and also because the interviews won’t always follow standard Q&A procedure. Essentially it’s a place to showcase A1 friends, family members, and colleagues doing amazing work. My blog, my rules.

First up: one of my dearest friends, Diandra Oliver. Diandra is an awesome babe, economist, and DIY superstar living in unceded Coast Salish territories with her partner and son. Diandra is working on her PhD in Geography at Simon Fraser University, where she is injecting a culture of care into her teacher assistantships and researching how youth manufacture diaspora and resistance in Spain as a way to respond to the financial crisis. She is an organizer in the local economy movement, directing her impact on settler responsibility to support decolonizing activities in food work and citizen intervention in the food system. She is a co-founder of Home Sweet Home, a community-funded grocery store, café, and model for economic and social development in rural BC. Her writing can be found in Concrete Garden, Shameless, Remedy, and Our Schools, Our Selves.

Diandra and I have been friends since our first year at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. We spotted each other across an anthropology classroom, admired each other’s fashion sense, and one day started chatting (note: it took months for us to get the courage to talk to each other!). Here we continue that chat in typically haphazard fashion.

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#myfoodhero

Community Food Centres Canada invited me to write a guest blog post for their #myfoodhero campaign. This holiday campaign celebrates the food heroes in our lives and encourages donations to support empowering food programs in low-income communities.

I was delighted to contribute a story about my dear friend Diandra Oliver. Read my post about how we met, and how food has always been a key part of our friendship.

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Diandra (right) and her friend and Home Sweet Home co-founder Laura Sapergia.

Wisdom of Waits

Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me. Choke those little bad days. Choke ’em down to nothin’.