With beautiful weather in store for BC this Canada Day weekend the opportunities to get Sociable celebrating our wonderful country are abundant. Whether you have a Canada Day tradition or, like me, you mix it up each year, the weekend is always filled with good people, good food, and good times. In no particular order, here are some of my top-of-mind Canada Day memories:
Last weekend, The Sociable Scientists attended Connect V.I. in Nanaimo. This gathering of young professionals and guests shared ideas, inspiration, and good times for the purposes of connecting, engaging, and leading. I love a good conference and the Young Professionals of Nanaimo hosted a great meet & mix at the Nanaimo Museum on Friday evening, lots of learning on Saturday, and followed it up with a downtown scavenger hunt and gala event to round it all out.
This week, hundreds of Vancouver Island University students crossed the stage and became graduates. Sitting in Nanaimo’s Port Theatre, I was filled with pride and joy for the many friends and colleagues sitting on stage and in the audience. A thought that frequently crosses my mind was only exemplified during the ceremony: “I am so incredibly happy that I chose to attend VIU”.
Have you ever moved to a new town or city? I know a lot of people who have relocated numerous times since their high school days. I’m one of those people. I joined Katimavik, a federal volunteer program for youth between the ages of 17 and 21, in 1996 after graduating from Hillcrest High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As a part of the Katimavik experience, I lived in Northwest River, Labrador, then St Mary’s, Ontario, then onto Mont Joli, Quebec. From day one, I was living with eleven people so I had the built in comfort of knowing someone in each new community before I even arrived. But I also met a lot of amazing residents of those towns; people who were contributing to the overall well being of their communities through leisure, volunteerism, spirit, and general kindheartedness. My Katimavik group worked with trail restoration projects, arts festivals, recycling facilities, conservation authorities, botanical gardens, heritage projects, and school groups. Residents opened up their homes and their hearts to us, and in turn I felt very much a part of the communities in which I lived.
I was pumped when I saw an advertisement in the paper for a contest to win tickets to Simon Sinek’s upcoming Start with Why presentation March 18, 2013 at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, plus dinner for two at ACME Food Co and Simon’s book!