THE ACT OF LIFE
I thought I was living the dream; great apartment, fast car, likeminded friends and all the shiny toys we’re told to covet. And yet something didn’t feel right. In my mid-20s, I did not have the capacity to identify what was missing. And even if I could, I certainly did not possess the tools or willpower to change.
All I knew for certain was that I no longer fit. I was floundering in a suburban wasteland, and if I were to have any hope of filling the void, I would need to leap into the darkness and discover the unknown.
I blew up my life, moved to Toronto and studied theatre arts at CAST and Ryerson University. Although I felt fulfilled in having discovered my calling, the pendulum had swung too far the other way. I had become a starving artist, and was once again out of balance.
I have fallen down and gotten up more times than I can remember, and each time I’ve tried to find the lesson. What about you?
It requires courage to take ownership of your journey and find your true self. Regardless the reason individuals seek out my practice, I am constantly inspired by the heights they achieve with a little encouragement and clear direction.
Shortly after arriving in Quebec for a season of summer stock theatre, I walked into my second passion in as the coordinator of an outreach program for youth-at-risk. Where we addressed the themes of suicide, ageism and vandalism in Brome Missisquoi.I was granted federal funding to design and implement six, highly successful Service Canada programs while empowering nearly one hundred young adults with life and employment skills. I went on to institute an Anglo-artists’ network, diabetes awareness campaign and healthcare access strategy as a community programmer at Townshippers’ Association.
I’ve served on several boards including, Montreal Urban Community Sustainability (MUCS), Knowlton Players and am an alumnus of the Global Futures Research Lab with the Sociology Department at Concordia University. I also developed a feasibility study for ‘Renaissance Centre’, a cultural and tourism centre to foster social economic development in Haut-Saint-Laurent.
Along the way, I’ve carved out a career that combines my passions, acted in forty productions across Canada on stage, film and television, and have been involved with scores of fundraisers and benefits for various NGO’s and community initiatives.
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