#WinterLovePEI – A Story of How Ordinary Citizens Are Improving Winter and Charlottetown

  Hello everyone, It’s been a while, but I’m back!  I’ve been busy with a number of things, and I’ve really wanted to keep blogging, sharing, learning. So here we are! One of the things I’ve been busy with is the #WinterAction Campaign. The Event page details are found by clicking here. Also, check out Discover Charlottetown’s rad photo contest here, great prizes galore! This Campaign is about answer “What would Charlottetown (or your community) look like if we took full advantage of Winter? How would our lives change?” In short, often we hear negative comments about winter, about shovelling, about … Continue reading #WinterLovePEI – A Story of How Ordinary Citizens Are Improving Winter and Charlottetown

Recap of 21inc Summit and How to Build Leadership

Last week, I had the honor and priviledge of being part of this cohort of 50 young leaders from across Atlantic Canada. It was a powerful and intense experience. After the week, the 50 of us were blown away and came way enthusiastic about Atlantic Canada’s future. See leaders here At the time, I didn’t really know why my experience was so powerful. I just knew that it was. This post aims to explain my analysis of the program and how I think 21inc is having a great impact on building a better Atlantic Canada, and therefore, why all readers should care! Note: These … Continue reading Recap of 21inc Summit and How to Build Leadership

How German Homes Maximize Efficiency And What We Can Learn From It

I’m passionate about being the best versions of ourselves, and efficiency is key in this regard. I’m passionate about this in terms of home heating as well. I dislike wasting energy and in particular fossil fuels. This new video explains how Germans heat their homes and how energy efficiency is regulated there. A few highlights: Smaller homes (1800 sq feet) Efficient heating system with hot water Triple pane windows with passive solar energy Furnace/boiler is always serviced/maximize Government regulated emissions testing! My first thought after watching this video is : what is stopping us from putting in place some of these measures? If we start doing things … Continue reading How German Homes Maximize Efficiency And What We Can Learn From It

How a Crowdfunding Campaign Brought Me So Much More Than Money

As many of you know already, I’ve been selected (alongside my sister Nathalie) as one of the 50 Emerging leaders of Atlantic Canada.  We will attend a Summit of all 50 leaders from the 4 Atlantic provinces next week. This post is to talk about our fundraising for this event. We both needed to raise $500, so we decided to do a crowdfunding campaign. We are excited to say that we’ve achieved our objective. https://goo.gl/njg6IV Before continuing, I would like to thank all our supporters for their generous contributions. It is humbling and touching to have received such support. Thank … Continue reading How a Crowdfunding Campaign Brought Me So Much More Than Money

What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?

What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?  This is a question I’ve been asked as part of my 21inc Leadership training, and I found it hard to answer… is it climate change? is it poverty? I thought about long and hard, and here is the fruit of my reflections: I believe all the issues named above (climate change, immigration, war, poverty etc.) all stem from common traits of greed (and the corollary, lack of compassion). For me, it is the common behaviour of many humans to take more than they give back. This obviously leads to imbalance. … Continue reading What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?

On Why The Pursuit for Happiness Is Not Your Most Important Life Endevour

“What sets human beings apart from animals is not the pursuit of happiness, which occurs all across the natural world, but the pursuit of meaning, which is unique to humans” – Ray Baumeister “It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” – Victor Frankl Victor Frankl, one of my heroes, is a psychologist who survived Nazi concentration camps. He explains that the BIGGEST factor which determined survival in Nazi concentration camps was… meaning. I’ve just finished reading this fantastic article on the pursuit of meaning vs the pursuit of happiness.  “He knows the “why” for his existence, and will … Continue reading On Why The Pursuit for Happiness Is Not Your Most Important Life Endevour

Lessons from the “Trenches” in district 13 of the 2015 PEI Elections

Last Monday, I had the priviledge of taking part in the PEI Election at one of the poll stations. I was the poll clerk @ Poll #6 of District 13, (yes, that distict from the Hunger Games), the epicenter of one of PEI’s most heated battles between Rob Lantz leader of PC party and Jordan Brown, a well known lawyer and 1st time politician of the Liberal party. As a poll clerk at the voting table, I had a front view seat of the mechanics of voting and seeing first hand the diversity of people who come out to vote. It was eye-opening … Continue reading Lessons from the “Trenches” in district 13 of the 2015 PEI Elections