Language Matters! The Inclusive Spotlight

Language can direct our actions and shape our experience. We can only change our own interpretations of the messages we receive. I challenge you to be mindful of your words and thoughts on being inclusive.“

Which statement is more inclusive? “All people Welcome” or “Trans People Welcome”?

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#whatnow

I caught a glimpse into #whatnow produced by Alley Theatre in partnership with Good Night Out Vancouver. The workshop production provides a safe space to explore feelings that result from sexual assault and harassment.

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Terroir Meets Merroir at 40 Knots

The lively bouquet and complex finish of the 40 Knots Meritage, paired with the delicately braised beef cheeks stole the show. Between the steady vines at 40 Knots, this inviting red wine was a welcome addition to the warm June evening.

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Disrupt HR YVR 2019

As the sun set brilliantly over Vancouver on Thursday night, I was at Science World with hundreds of other HR enthusiasts and professionals at Disrupt HR YVR. The event included Pecha Kucha style presentations focused on mindfulness, leadership and the environment. Talent Advisor for the Vancouver Airport Authority, Emma Bradford, made one of my favourite statements: "I know you hate lunchtime yoga - I do too."

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Relaxed Performance of La Cenerentola (Cinderella): The Playhouse, Thurs May 2nd, 12:30pm

There are so many opportunities to modify the experience of live performances and events to make them accessible for all members of the public. However, the biggest takeaway I'll carry with me from the CAN training session was that oftentimes modifications aren't required. Rather, it's important to plan events anticipating and acknowledging the impact that certain sounds, signs and actions may have on others.

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Join the Leading Presence Vancouver Sun Run 2019 Team!

About a year ago at this time, I met with some old friends for dimsum.  It was a very lovely and relaxed catch-up session.  And at some point, my friend Mitch said one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my life. He smiled and said, “Ger, let’s do the Sun Run.”  Our table of friends laughed, but for some blessed reason, I said sure! 

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The Full Light of Day at the Vancouver Playhouse

Last night was quiet and cold in Vancouver.  A friend compared the quiet of the downtown streets to Christmas Day in the city.  Walking from Gastown to the Vancouver Playhouse, I agreed with her.  The cold inspired calm and wonder.  Grateful to watch The Full Light of Day last night, it was our first experience watching an Electric Company Theatre production, and it was worlds away from quiet and cold. Intrigued by the company’s self-prescribed “exploration of how concept and form illuminate content” I was eager to witness how their use of light, set design and film projection would enhance the experience of the play.

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Start Where You Are

A good friend of mine recently revealed that her new year’s resolution is to listen to complete music albums rather than continuing to repeat the playlists and albums she has on repeat. Each year, she chooses an entertainment-focused resolution.  I was inspired by her intention to enjoy something she loves and expand her knowledge and appreciation of music this way.

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Thank you 2018, let's move onwards and upwards!

None of us have built careers alone; we are all standing (teetering at times) on the shoulders of giants. This was my first year truly focused on providing the services I had intended through Leading Presence. If it wasn't for colleagues and supportive friends I wouldn't n have had the gumption to set the goals I have intended for the new year. I'm grateful every day for the hope that thoughtful people have given me.

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Explore Patricia Piccinini's Curious Imaginings

In case this winter day finds you in Vancouver BC, set your expectations aside and explore Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings art installation at the Patricia Hotel – today is the last day! 

Thoughtfully displayed in an East Vancouver hotel with a footprint of more than 100 years on the city’s landscape, this captivating art exhibit challenges your perception of animal form, visual space and human emotion.

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December Dreaming: On Building Cities, Communities, and Careers

I was fortunate to attend the final Pecha Kucha Vancouver event of the year at the Vancouver Playhouse. Fascinated by this Japanese style of presentation and the evening’s focus on food and drink in Vancouver, I was pleased to watch local business leaders sweat through their presentations.  We were clearly witnessing personal challenges being conquered on stage. 

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Roles, Career Options & Sense and Sensibility

Last night I sought shelter from the hideous Vancouver rain with a friend and watched the Capilano University production of Sense and Sensibility …

On the way home, my female friend and I discussed how expectations for women in the workplace have changed; we also discussed how they haven’t changed altogether.  She asked if I would have been happier in Austen’s lifetime where roles were defined and accepted. 

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Listen to Learn: My Week in Silence

I had a fascinating experience which resulted from a terrible cold, and completely lost my voice for a week.  It was a surprisingly unsettling experience.  I wasn’t able to participate in discussions at work, or defend any recent decisions vocally, and I was grateful that I had no immediate needs to shout for help.

As luck would have it, I had chosen the month of October to begin a mindfulness practice of setting a daily intention each morning.  The day before I lost my voice, I chose “listen to learn” as my intention.  Well universe, you got me!  Did I ever listen that week.

This is what I learned, and strive to carry with me:

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Impactful Workplace Moments (in memory of Laura Eng)

Never underestimate the impact of your presence in the workplace. The way you look up at people, or refuse to share your gaze; your stature and focus as you roam the halls are moments which knit the fabric of another person's overall experience. Look someone in the eyes and say hello. Stop and stand with them, awaiting their response … Share an appropriate bit of information about your life, and see how workplace culture builds.

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Recovery and Resilience

Let today serve as a reminder that all people are managing some measure of trauma.  You may never know what that means in its simplest form, but that doesn’t change the fact that recovery is taking place.  Workplace bullying, the defeat that comes from unfair hiring practices, and physical workplace injuries are only a few examples of the stresses people carry with them when they say, “good morning.”

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