Inspired by the /now movement, this page will be updated regularly with a few things that have the majority of my time and attention right now.
- Writing and sending Christmas cards to friends and family around the world.
- Participating in initial conversations in advance of 2018’s One Book, One London initiative.
- Facilitating a workshop at work on project deployments and scope.
- Supporting the recruitment efforts at work, specifically the communications around that recruitment.
- Working on the release of a diversity benchmark report for work.
- Meeting my new psychiatrist for the first time.
- Celebrating Salgirah festivities.
- Attending Holiday Hops for Hope and Slugfest Christmas.
- Preparing a proposal for London Public Library on how to engage people between the ages of 25-40 in library support and contribution.
- Watching: Ozark
- Watching: Game of Thrones, Season 3
Participating in a board retreat to help chart the CKX vision and activities for the upcoming year. Supporting the transition of our work group chat over to a new tool. Going to a bunch of Christmas parties and brunches. Flying to Montreal (eating at delicious restaurants and enjoying the spa) to celebrate L’s birthday weekend. Attending a public consultation on supervised-injection sites in London. Enjoying a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Preparing our house for the winter. Delivering a guest lecture to an internet studies class at Wilfrid Laurier University. Facilitating a workshop for senior public service leaders on leadership in a digital era. Getting a much-needed massage. Enjoying a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Trying out a new restaurant in town. Attending a talk about the role of mayors in our cities. Releasing the ODS Diversity Pledge. Serving on the jury for the Southwest Community Centre Public Art Program. Writing and editing and publishing (really, scheduling) two dozen blog posts. Spending time with my family and the community during the Aga Khan’s visit to Toronto. Celebrating our second wedding anniversary. Attending the 2017 Urban Design Awards reception. Spending Remembrance Day at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate. Attending the HELM conference. Delivering a workshop on diversity and inclusion at the FWD50 conference. Speaking on a panel on civic innovation at Water Innovation Week. Answering questions at the OMAFRA Digital Day. Working from Washington DC as L attends the AASLD Conference. Spending the day at Communitech to visit with the Canada.ca team and meet with a department director at Wilfrid Laurier University. Creating a guide for ODS staff on how to make sure they attend and speak at conferences that represent a diversity of voices and perspectives. Delivering a “Government 101” session for the incoming C4C fellows.Preparing a statement to London Civic Works Committee about organic waste diversion. Delivering a “Government 101” session for the incoming C4C fellows. Facilitating and hosting the ODS’ first “all-team” day. Exploring diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives as part of my new role at work. Thinking of ways to diversify the membership, and perspectives, of the Urban League of London. Doing the necessary preparation before I join the Board of Directors for a national not-for-profit organization. Visiting my in-laws on the west coast for Canadian Thanksgiving. Having frank conversations about mental illness spurred by my recent blog post on going back on my anti-depressants. Watching: Big Mouth Watching: Stranger Things, Season 2 Watching: Mindhunter Watching: American Vandal Watching: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Reading: Brother, David Chariandy Reading: Taddle Creek, No. 40 Reading: Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solnit Reading: American Innovations, Rivka Galchen Reading: Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2, Ed Pisker Reading: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell Reading: Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty Reading: Whatever Happened to Interracial Love, Kathleen Collins Reading: Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng Reading: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life , Samantha Irby Reading: History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund Reading: What Happened, Hillary Clinton Reading: The Lion in the Living Room, Abigail Tucker