People and Places – April 9-10

This is going to be a diary/shout out to the people and places I saw last Wednesday and Thursday.

WEDNESDAY

Congratulations to Ian Miller

I met Ian Miller at my first CPRS networking event in Halifax, and then I saw him again at the last CPRS session with Bessy Nikolaou. (You may have seen the post) I am congratulating him on his new job for the summer! He is a Communications Assistant with Canoe ’09. Around ninety countries are going to be competing in Dartmouth’s Lake Banook and it is going to be a massive event!

Networking with Cindy Wheeler

I also invited Ian to my second Wednesday networking lunch at the Halifax Club. This one was hosted by Cindy Wheeler who is a personal shopper and wardrobe consultant. It was a great time and I met some great contacts with cool jobs.

Press Conference for Fusion’s “Wear the Button” campaign

This was an event near and dear to my heart. I am part of Fusion Halifax’s Urban Development Action Team, aka UDAT (group of members who are interested in Urban Development) We have been working on a campaign to support HRMbyDesign, an urban design plan being proposed to the city council for the downtown core, for the last few months. HRMbyDesign is a plan to make the downtown core and surrounding areas a more sustainable and beautiful place! Find out more about the plan here.

THURSDAY

Networking at Smitty’s Lacewood

Another great networking event that I could walk to.  Met some more great people and hope to find ways to help them all soon.

Fusion’s Second Thursday event at the Garrison Brewery

Second Thursday is networking event for Fusion members. This was a special one because it was all about HRMbyDesign. I also helped organize this event with the UDAT.

The key parts of our “Wear the button” campaign are the distribution of our cool green buttons (they go with everything!) posters and decals we are giving to local businesses and organizations, and  post cards that we created for Haligonians to sign. We will be collecting all the signed post cards and will be delivering them to city council before the vote. Message me if you want to be a part of the campaign!

Helen Fong and the Yoga Atlantic Conference

I did manage to do some networking. (surprise, surprise)  I went to a leadership course/event a few weeks back and Helen remembered me from a question I asked. Helen Fong is the distribution coordinator for the Yoga Conference and a certified yogi! The conference will be a great time, and I hope some of you guys can make it out to the Chocolate Lake Best Western this weekend. Yummy!

There will be stretching

There will be stretching

Earth Day in Halifax

I also met some members of the Sustainability Action Team. The action team will be a part of Halifax’s Earth day celebrations on Wednesday April 22 at Victoria Park. Hopefully the weather will be great and you can check it out!

Fashion Show at the Page Gallery

I would like to thank Gillian Wesley, the lady in charge of Carpe Omnis Media, for inviting me to the fashion show she put on. Katrina Tuttle was showing a sneak peek of her fall line up. It was my first fashion show and it was everything and more than I expected! The models were from a Halifax modeling agency called City Models. Great job ladies!

Wow, that was long. I hope I did everyone justice, and it was great to meet and participate with all these people and events!

Waldii.com – Put your Events on the Map!

Waldii is a brand new business a group of dedicated and talented people started and launched in one weekend! It was held at the Hub Halifax from March 24-26.

Waldii is a place where you can post events, promotions, and sales on an interactive map. For example, business/networking sessions, fundraisers, and your group’s kite flying event! (One of the programmers loves to fly kites. I know… weird. jk Bill)

It began with people signing up for four categories: Programmer, Designer, Marketer, and Management on the Halifax Weekend website. I chose management and marketing. Here is a link to a few of the 15 participants.

On Friday we pitched ideas for a business we would like to start, and we made a decision on a concept. On Saturday and Sunday, the idea evolved into the awesomeness it currently is!

The programmers and designers are working on it constantly and it is getting better and better, every minute! Managers and marketers are doing their part, but the promotion, sales, and networking responsibilities are not as sexy.

Waldii’s official launch party is Monday April 6 at the Foggy Goggle in downtown Halifax. Come out and meet the founders from 6-8! Click the link below for details!

http://waldii.com/launch-party

Click here for our story in the Chronicle Herald! Great job Patrick and Bill!

Follow Waldii on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook.

Btw, she is an otter.

We should have Earth Hour more often!

I would just like to say thanks to all the people in Halifax, and the rest of the world, who observed Earth Hour!

Hopefully more people will take a little more time and effort to use our natural resources and energy wisely.

I was amazed at how clear the night sky was! (My reason we should have Earth Hour more often) I love looking at the stars and finding constellations. It must have been a great night for anyone who had a telescope!

I’m down for doing another Earth Hour, at the same thing next month… What do you guys think?

We need to talk about Racism

Racism is hard to talk about. It is scary, hurtful, and brings out so much pain. But the only way to stop racism is to acknowledge it and take action against it.

I went to an event on Saturday called “Talk About Race: Conversations Leading to Action.” It was a gathering of people, of all colours, who came to discuss racism and ways to stop it. The event encompassed speeches, presentations, performances and round-table discussions.

At one point in the day, we were told to create our own discussion groups on a topic. I started a group called “No Child left Behind.” It is the name of a Bush policy about every child being important, no matter what colour they are or what neighbourhood they live in. Unfortunately that is not the case in the U.S. or in any country.

I am of the opinion that if we can start the lives of our children properly, by making sure they are healthy and smart, they will grow up knowing that (OBVIOUSLY) the colour of your skin doesn’t matter. Knowledge is a powerful weapon against ignorance.

The economic cost of systemic racism was also brought up: from overloaded jail systems, to poverty, to extra healthcare costs because of a stressful lifestyle and lack of nutrition, and more. Racism is hurting us in more ways than we can imagine.

Canadians can’t afford to marginalize groups of people and not allow them to reap the full benefits of being a citizen of this beautiful country. We are all in this together, and we need all hands on deck to create a better world.

When I first thought about moving to Halifax, I knew history says Africans were some of the first settlers of Nova Scotia. I searched Halifax and black history and encountered the story of Africville, a black community in Halifax that was uprooted from their homes and sent away in order to make way for infrastructure improvements. A horrible event that happened within the last 50 years!

I saw the effects of this displacement first hand, in the eyes and actions of some of the people at the event. It broke my heart that they had to go through something like this, in what is supposed to be a fair and just country.

All in all, I met so many people with totally different life stories, and heard perspectives that I had never thought of. This was truly one of the greatest days of my life. I felt open and free with this group of people. There was no judgment, everyone was honest, and there was so much  love and support.

Also, the people I met were great, and very brave. I learned so much from every person I met and also made a lot of contacts, which will be great in the future.

Not a single person who went to this event left with out a sense of hope for the future. All of the attendees will have a better understanding of race issues in Nova Scotia and will be taking action.

I would also like to thank the organizers and The Hub Halifax for hosting this magnificent event.

This post only scratched the suface of what was uncovered during the six hour event. If you attended and have more to say, or just have an opinion, please comment below.