360° Leadership

One of the main concepts from the 360° Leadership lessons that I can apply to my everyday life is “Learn to lead with the restrictions others have placed on you”. Often when I’m in a group and not in a leadership position, I give up all hope of being able to lead. This leadership lesson taught me that I can lead from the middle as well, and it all starts with understanding/valuing.. Read More

Zip DoL #1

Since I haven’t accomplished much so far other than a bit of research and my proposal, I’m not able to answer any of the questions given to us. Here is a short update! I have just begun to dive into my research, and so far I have found that the most valuable sources to look at are actual short films rather than websites. Although websites contain important information as well,.. Read More

Zip Proposal: Short Film

Guess what? It’s that time of year again! For my Zip project in Grade 9 I chose to write short stories, but this time I would like to explore a different type of media, and create an experimental short film about my experiences as a member of the LGBT community.   “What are the most important aspects to consider when creating an experimental short film?   I chose this area.. Read More

NoTN Reflection ’17

WE DID IT! I still can’t believe eminent is done… forever. I’m so incredibly proud of everyone. The speeches and learning centers were truly amazing, and it was so great to see everyone’s hard work finally pay off. It’s kind of bittersweet I guess; although I can’t even begin to express how relieved I am that I won’t have to go through this again, I’m also sad that this was my last.. Read More

Eminent Annotated Bibliography

New York Times A useful, concise article illustrating Barbara’s main accomplishments, and the most important parts of her life. It is the first website I used when beginning my research; it sparked my interest and admiration towards her and motivated me to choose her as my eminent person. “Pioneer Lesbian Activist Barbara Gittings Gets the Biography She Deserves” A website including parts of Barbara’s biography (I didn’t know she had.. Read More

DoL 2: Speech Drafts & Final Copy

I decided to post my speech drafts and final copy as a document of learning! I’m actually incredibly proud of my speech, I really like the way it turned out. Good luck to everyone with their learning centres and the grade 10s with their speeches 🙂   Final Speech: Where does it hurt the most? I’ve pondered this question for most of my life, and after searching through the painful.. Read More

DoL: Eminent Interview

I conducted my eminent interview a while ago, with an openly “queer” singer/musician named Mathew! Myself and a few of my friends met him at a concert last year (he was the opening artist), and I decided to reach out to him for my interview. He’s extremely busy at the moment, so we conducted the interview over email. My eminent person is a gay rights activist and although Mathew is.. Read More

3 Wise Nugs

Be open to trying things – even if you never pictured yourself doing them in the past – as they might turn out to be something you enjoy/are good at. Witnessing trauma and illness at work everyday prepares you for minor things that may have scared you before. Helping others deal with emotional trauma is emotionally traumatic for you as well.

Barbara Gittings: Speech Outline

Exposition: At a LGBT rights protest, possibly holding a sign. I’m not completely sure what I’m going to say here yet, probably something along the lines of: My name is Barbara Gittings and I am the mother of the gay rights movement. Conflict: I have spent the early years of my life being told that I have a disease. A disease that can’t always be cured, a horrible illness that is.. Read More