The TED talks came to Vancouver last week and I had the pleasure of having a small hand in bringing the live-stream to the Learning Centre where I work. We didn’t know what the turnout would be like but it was wildly successful as UBC students and other building and community users alike came out to catch the talks as they happened throughout the day.
On the last day, I spent my lunch watching the culminating talks including one by writer Andrew Solomon. Forge meaning, build identity, he repeated as he spoke of some of his experiences as a student of adversity. I shed some tears at his accounts, reflecting on that phrase and these past few months that have made up 2014 thus far. I haven’t recounted much of my life on here since December, as a result of partially being busy beyond belief and really discovering and relishing in other online means of updating about my life (enter Twitter - which I continue to have a bit of a rocky relationship with but am loving very slowly building my presence on there - and Instagram).
But here goes my highlights…
- Completed my 5-month long Community Leadership Program last week
I was asked to give a brief speech at the wrap-up celebration about my role as an overseer of the big picture and I continue to reflect on the concepts of leadership every day. I never used to think of myself as a leader or having leadership qualities but I see and understand now that we all have the capacity to lead, and to lead from where we stand.
- Joined the Board of Directors at a non-profit, arts organization, Cinevolution Media Arts Society
The Chair of the Board, whom I know through my connection to the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre, had asked me so I applied and was accepted in January! I joined just before our annual documentary festival and fundraiser took place so it’s been an extremely fast-paced diving into things. Good thing I love all that they stand for and do (using film and new media as a vehicle to bring positive and diverse representations of Asians to the community, and to foster creative, critical, intercultural discourse). Helping support the film festival and fundraiser, I never really thought of all the connections and contacts I have at my arsenal. To think, I moved to Vancouver over five and a half years ago, not knowing a single soul.
- I’ll hopefully be taking more of a lead on coordinating the monthly film program at the Women’s Centre this Fall
I came on board last September after 1 of the coordinators, a dear friend Sara, moved to India for a work term. It’s been such a pleasure to coordinate the program with Gail, another dear friend, but with her husband’s Alzheimer’s progressing, she’s decided to pull back from her volunteering starting with the last film night in June, before we break for the summer. Instead of letting the series phase out, I’m going to work on putting it on myself. I think it’ll involve a great deal more of effort but it’s certainly not impossible.
So. My ties to community and community-building have never been stronger than they are now. It’s a wonderfully blissful and satisfying time. Andrew’s words echo between my ears: “Forge meaning, build identity. And then invite the world to share your joy.