Community


I am a founder of communities, because when a need arises why not fill it?

GenderAvenger

Web Designer + Content Strategist

GenderAvenger is here to build a community that ensures women are represented in the public dialogue, because women as equals will become the norm when it is the norm.
 

Grace in Small Things

Founder + Designer

Grace in Small Things, created in 2008, is a social network grown around a daily reminder to take notice of the positive things we tend to overlook. You are hereby challenged to find the joy in small things, because life is short and love is large. Originally hosted through Ning, it has now moved to a Facebook group.
 

Canadian Blog Awards

Founder + Designer

The Canadian Blog Awards, which began in 2010 and ran for five years through to 2014, promoted good blogs of all genres from across Canada year round through regular interviews, articles, and the nomination, judging, and award process culminated with the announcement of the top three weblogs in each category in December. The Canadian Blog Awards were about quality not popularity, so there was no public vote, and each blog was judged by a volunteer jury against a specific set of criteria.

 

#YQRtweetupX

Co-Founded with John Klein

In 2013, John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) and Elan Morgan (@schmutzie) were hungry for another tweetup in Regina to fill the gaps between the larger #YQRtweetup parties, and they wanted to spend more time with their Regina and area tweeps in a less formal atmosphere. They decided to organize smaller tweetups in between the original larger events, and #YQRtweetupX was born.

 

#BlogNow

Co-founder, with Laurie White and Neil Kramer

#BlogNow, a sometimes monthly twitter chat since 2011 and 2015 where we talked about the state of blogging: what it is, where we are as bloggers, and where blogging is going.

 

Giving Back


I give back a bit of everything I earn to grow a greater good.

Heifer International

Heifer International "…links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market." 

In 2014, I raised $1297 to celebrate my 42nd birthday on December 29th. You can still donate to top it up!
 

YWCA Regina

YWCA Regina's "…mission is to support and empower women, children and youth so that they can reach their full potential." They support local women and children through initiatives such as shelter for women and children escaping violence and homelessness, mentoring programs for children and teens, volunteer and social opportunities for seniors, summer urban camping program, and conference and in-school programs to empower teen girls. I am a former member of their Board of Directors, and I continue to support them through monthly donations.
 

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières "…is one of the world's leading independent international medical relief organizations, working in more than 70 countries worldwide and with operational centres and national offices in 19 countries." I support them through monthly donations, because the wealth of health care I receive in Canada is not available to most of the world's citizens, and this is my way of paying it forward.
 

Kiva

Kiva is "…a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world." I contribute new loans and redistribute previous repaid loans on a monthly basis to empower people to empower themselves.