Pink Tour 2013

So… I’m back! After over 6 months a year two years on hiatus. Wheeee!

What have I been up to? I’ve never blogged about it specifically, but I’m so excited to share this with the world, or whoever reads this sad little blog. In March 2013, my first client project was the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tour. My work was mostly office-based for the first few months, but the tour officially kicked off in June. From June 12th until October 31st, 2013, I traveled with a small team of health educators across Ontario on a 50′ retrofitted pink bus… for a total of 17,000+ kilometres. What craziness!! But in the best way possible :)

The inaugural tour in 2012 was hugely successful, so the CBCF decided to organize it one more time in Ontario. The purpose of the tour was to educate women on how to be ‘breast aware’ through interactive learning tools on board the bus. We made stops at events/festivals, community centres, sponsors, workplaces with a large number of women, and much much more. As the program coordinator, my work involved around the logistics related to the tour and managing the girls on board.

The bus in action!

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Farewell, Changchun!

So, my time in Changchun has finally come to an end… I’ve been here for an entire school year, and now it’s time for me to go home. It was sad saying goodbye to my students this week, but they’ve given me great memories that I’ll cherish deeply. I took photos with most of my classes, and I promised my students I’d post them to my blog. Well, here goes!

Class 1 Sophomores

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Life in Changchun: First month back!

So, it’s been nearly 4 weeks since I got back to Changchun. To be honest – I felt pretty miserable at first. I was just getting used to the comfort of being at home, and then I had to come back to the freezing cold of Northeastern China… ahh! But the feeling subsided quite quickly – I’m loving my life here now. Imagine my surprise when I check my mail and get not one, but FIVE postcards from Jacky. From London, Berlin, Iceland, Valencia, and Zurich.

He’s such a sweetheart :)

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Life in China: “That’s totally going in my blog!”

So, I’ve been here for a good 3ish months now. During my time here so far, I’ve noticed some things that I’ve never seen back home as a student. These things might only apply to the city I’m in right now, but nevertheless I find some things really amusing. I feel a lot like Barney Stinson ’cause I’d see something amazing, take a photo and go.. “That’s totally going in my blog!” Well, without further ado…

1. Cutely packaged everything
Seriously! I’ve seen cutlery wrapped in plastic at least 5 times already. I don’t get it.. Why? Aside from it looking.. cute? It’s so bad for the environment! :(

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