- I’ve experienced an earthquake
- I’ve been in a hot-air balloon
- I’ve been stung by a jellyfish
Before I let you know which statement is the lie, here’s a bit of background info about myself to further build on the anticipation that I know is building.
Winnipeg has always been my home and I grew up in the South end of the city with my mom, dad and older sister. I’m half Ukrainian (my mom is from the Gilbert Plains/Dauphin area) and half Indigenous (my dad is from Sagkeeng First Nation). Although I am not a religious person, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself feeling more connected to my Indigenous side.
My professional, general-life and student experiences has begun to open me up to a culture that I didn’t know much about growing up. I’ve become more aware that there is not one single way to interpret the world and all that encompasses it, and I like that. I have a greater appreciation for nature and its surroundings, and am starting to better understand Indigenous history, which has really captured my attention in wanting to continue learning the good, the bad, and the ugly that has shaped it.
Travelling has further exposed me to different lifestyles and communities around the world. While in my late teens, I spent three months backpacking around Australia, and in my mid-twenties, I spent two months in South East Asia. These were both very eye-opening opportunities that I am thankful to have been able to experience.
Attending university and college has also had a significant impact on my life. I attended the University of Winnipeg and Red River College, graduating in 2019 with a diploma in Creative Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Prior to my post-secondary experience, and during the beginning stages of my university life, I was an incredibly shy person. Once in college, I felt like I was completely pulled out of my shell and started becoming more comfortable with myself and my abilities/skillsets. It was insane. A total life-shift happened for me and it was amazing.
Reading, DIY décor projects and hanging out with family and friends are a just few activities that I like to indulge in, in my spare time. To me, a combination of socializing, relaxing with a good book, and getting crafty with some hands-on work, make me happy. Oh yeah, and pizza. Pizza also makes me happy.
Okay, now back to the ice-breaker game Two Truths and a Lie. Out of the three statements above, the lie is…I’ve been stung by a jellyfish! Thankfully this hasn’t happened to me. I’m actually quite scared of fish and sea creatures.
To elaborate on the two truths, while in Mexico for a wedding, there was an earthquake and it was one of the scariest experiences of my life. I was alone in my hotel room when all of a sudden there was a loud bang, almost like some kind of explosion, and then the hotel started to shake! Fortunately, no one at the hotel or in the city had been hurt and no severe damage was done.
For my 21st birthday, I was fortunate to be gifted a ride in a hot-air balloon. It was incredible and a group of us floated over Winnipeg on a warm summer evening. Although the wicker basket in which we were all standing in sounded a little rickety with its crunching sound as you shifted your feet, the ride provided a breathtaking view of the city.
Hopefully you were able to virtually get to know me a little more, as I am one of the new faces here at Boldness. I am very much looking forward to learning more about the community, our partners, and the work we do!
Talk to you all again soon,