To lead, one must stand behind.
As I walked away from the Xbox One launch party on my birthday, I realized that with each passing year I learn a little more about who I am – and as it turns out, I am someone who enjoys dying arts. The more antiquated something is, the more I love it. I invested in a concert harp and lessons the way most invest in a luxury car. I took ballet for three decades and my body has been forever changed. I drag friends to opera performances, I stay at grand dame hotels, I watch old movies, and I replay old games.
Yet, despite all of my personal tastes being stuck in a rose-coloured version of the past, a part of me is always excited by emerging technology and everything new that comes with it. New ways to build things, faster ways to access information, easier ways to play games, and most importantly, the world becoming a more connected place.
This constant state of change brings setbacks when it is time to adapt, but challenges always propel me forward. Learning is pain, whether it's injuring myself during boxing or spending late nights coding.
There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be intimidated by others. I grew up being told that my time spent programming on computers was a waste and that the industry would never amount to anything. I never built my worth on the praise of others, which is why I am always humbled by recognition and acceptance for what I do.
Now I look forward to learning more as I get antiquated myself. I suppose I should check in again during the next game generation's launch...
Ashley, one of my bridesmaids and fellow ballerinas took this photo of me playing ‘Angelus’ after my wedding.
Since the age of three I've enjoyed Ballet and since highschool I've enjoyed Ballroom dancing. My husband and I love to waltz; we choreographed our own wedding dance, much to our guests' astonishiment.
After a chance meeting with two talented musicians on the VIA1 train from Toronto to Vancouver, I took up the harp. With private tutelage from RCM, I hope to become a harp teacher or therapist, I'm good at putting people to sleep.
Photographers Sai-kit and Henry transformed me into a “walking screenshot” of Tetsuya Nomura's Final Fantasy characters.
My childhood was spent playing Japanese games on every console, including the PC Engine and NEO*GEO cart. My highschool years are a misty memory of wearing a kilt while playing arcade fighting games, survival horror, and JRPGs.
Gaming and writing GameFAQs lead me to begin contributing reviews to The Globe and Mail and appearing on TV shows. I eventually became an editor for content on properties such as IGN, YTV and SPACE channel.
One of my recent redesigns was to celebrate the re-release of Final Fantasy X in HD.
I originally studied to be a 3D game programmer but destiny took over in the form of programming for digital. Since the nineties I've designed, developed, and produced hundreds of digital projects and applications in varying scales.
I eventually found my place as a Producer, finding joy in enabling teams to over-deliver on projects while expanding their family of skills. I now keep my design and development skills sharp by offering my time on a voluntary basis.
I use the whitespace on my home office wall and peachy pink Post-it notes to brainstorm the build for projects such as this page.
In recent years I've found happiness as a leader. The joy I feel in enabling others to grow comes from witnessing the postive impact they leave on others.
I value creating teams that are diverse, open, and empowered to be strong collaborators wherever they go. I'm honoured to journey together with them towards becoming mindful people with purpose.