Born and raised in Canada, the best place on earth.
Childhood: climbing trees, frequently on imaginary mission-impossible quests, talking to animals, skipping stones on the lake, bike riding, building forts, cloud watching, defying gravity as long as possible, racing in my six-million dollar man shoes, collecting rocks/stamps/smurfs/coins, taming squirrels, playing piano, fishing for trout/perch.
Teen years: basketball (2 hrs every day), high-jump, piano, life-guard and swimming instructor at YMCA, babysitter, went to movies on occasion, A-student, partied a bit, danced a lot, suntanned during the rare weeks we had warm weather, anti-cliques and people who thought ‘brands’ made a person cool. Wore hand-me-downs (a great life lesson).
College years: went to university to become a vet. Saw a table covered with a pyramid of severed dog heads with their brains exposed... then changed my major. Had a tough year with mono and barely made it through. Put school on hold to...
Travel/model with Elite.
Got paid to wear clothes and pretend to love products that I knew nothing about how they were made - if they were from sweat shops or were environmentally toxic. Snore. Embarrassing part of my life. The only benefit... saw the dark side of a toxic industry that brought harm to so many girls, both the models and consumers of fashion.
Took my experience from the fashion industry and Produced and Directed the documentary films Cover Girl Culture, and Seeing Through the Media Matrix. Which led to being a guest on CNN, CBS, CNN The Joy Behar Show, Fox & Friends, Fox Live, CTV Canada AM, CTV Provincewide as well as Laura Ingraham's radio show to challenge media and parents to respect and honor our children.
To create a CLEVER GIRL CULTURE! I now offer workshops for schools, youth groups and girls organizations, and have presented in halls, stadiums, theaters and classroom for over 50,000 girls and boys, as well as presenting at major universities in the US including Princeton.