Pet passports and more: adventures in moving home

When I graduated from Nipissing University in North Bay, with my Bachelors of Education back in 2009, there were few job openings for newly qualified teachers here in Ontario. This was one of the factors that led to my choice to move overseas to teach in England. It was a simple choice but a complicated process – I sold my house in Hamilton and put my furniture and life in “temporary” storage. At the time I thought I would be away for a year or two – not nine whole years! Continue Reading

When you find what you love, age isn’t a factor

Returning to school is not something everyone would do. Starting a career at almost 40 years of age may sound even more daunting, but, as Chris Parker ‘99 discovered, when you find what you love to do, age isn’t a factor. A little push from those closest to you to pursue your dreams doesn’t hurt either.

Immediately after graduating from high school, Chris was solely interested in making money. Almost two decades later, he faced the implications of his decision when he became interested in law enforcement. After years of working in factory jobs, Chris’ hope for change came through a volunteer opportunity with his local police service. Continue Reading

6 Tips For Updating Your Website

To get started I must clarify that I am NOT a coder. I don’t know how to code, instead, I rely on web builders to create sites without the need to code anything.

In the last couple years, I moved across the country (from Branford to Vancouver), and have changed the type of clients I work with. However, with these changes I allowed my website to stay the same. It got to the point where I was embarrassed to give out my domain and was surprised when clients wanted to book me based on my old site. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t because I didn’t offer high-quality work, but rather the look and feel of my site was outdated.

For the past few months, I have been working on a new site, that I proudly launched this spring. This is the 10th website that I’ve created either for myself or for a client and I’ve learned lots the hard way. I wish someone would have shared these with me when I started so I hope this helps. Continue Reading

Time for Good News

I’ve recently started to watch the news more intently – again. I had stopped, because the overwhelming amount of ‘bad news’ was getting to me.

All this bad news made me realize that I was hiding from something that I had the power to change; something I knew would take work and commitment on my part. However, as life became busier, a part of me was convinced that I was “too busy” to be investing my time into someone else life. I was ashamed of feeling that way, because I knew that mentality didn’t depict who I am nor who I want to be.

Unfortunately, it has become a cliché to simply advise someone to change the world, or “be the change that you want to see”; the mature seem to find it a redundant statement, while the young are grappling with the idea of what it truly means.

Frankly, as the world continues to undergo unbelievably tragic events, we continue to subconsciously bury this timeless, life-changing concept far beneath the surface. But do we care enough about not only our future, but the generations to come, to actually work to make change? Continue Reading