Since my last post, I was acclaimed the V.P. Policy for London North Centre and more recently was chosen as the interim V.P. Communications for the Ontario Women's Liberal Commission. I also had the opportunity to speak at the Eczema Society of Canada's Patient Education Session in Toronto in November. The latter was an amazing opportunity. I took a risk with the topic of my speech and I'm glad that I did, because it ended up reaching people more than I ever could have hoped.

I have to say I'm excited about everything. Next year is a huge year for so many reasons. I look forward to using my skills to contribute, communicate and engage. Honestly, that sounds a bit cheesy, but those are three of things I love about communications.
I have recently accepted the role of interim V.P. of Policy for my political riding association, which means I am officially volunteering for four organizations, and hope to contribute to two more shortly. In the meanwhile, I love policy and will do as much as I can in the role. It's such a great way to get citizens engaged and ensure their voices are being heard. Plus, there is so much work to be done, including researching, writing and hopefully event planning. What's not to love?
The profile I initially wrote as a guest blog post has also been published in the Eczema Society of Canada's (ESC) Summer newsletter, which explains the spikes on my Google Analytics page.
To read the profile, find out more information about ESC or eczema itself, read the newsletter here. I love the article "Why Do We Itch at Night?"
Today was my first public appearance as a support volunteer for The Eczema Society of Canada (ESC). The Canadian Paedatric Society Conference is taking place in London, Ontario this year and I had the great opportunity to volunteer with the Executive Director, Amanda Cresswell-Melville. I am in awe of the amazing work done by ESC and other social profit groups and charities who were in attendance like Anaphylaxis Canada and About Face. I learned quite a lot (which is always a good thing) and got to speak with some very caring paediatricians. All in all, a great day!
I have recently become an Asthma Ambassador for the Asthma Society of Canada and a Support Volunteer for The Eczema Society of Canada. I'm quite excited about the latter because it involves helping people deal with a very difficult condition. As the months go by, my contributions will develop further and I can't wait to post more specifics.

For more information about either organization or how to volunteer, please visit:
The Eczema Society of Canada
The Asthma Society of Canada
As an update, part one of my guest blog will be featured on "It's an Itchy Little World", a blog hosted by the founder of the Eczema Company on December 20th. I have also just finished recording a segment on fragrance allergies for Fanshawe College radio, 106.9 The Ex which will air in January, thanks to another allergy entrepeneur and blogger, Elizabeth Goldenberg of OneSpot Allergy.
My adventures into social media have started to take off recently. I am going to be featured on an allergy site, my list of Twitter followers increases steadily and I've been asked to be a guest blogger on another allergy-related site! It's both wonderfully dizzying and gratifying. My goal has never been to make a living out of this, but to help similar people through what I've already experienced. There's no sense in keeping everything I've learned a secret. However, it's becoming more and more time-consuming; so, I've had to set aside time dedicated to ensuring the quality of my blogs, tweets and such remain consistent while not ignoring my other duties. All of this has to fit around my frequent travel. Once I have a few things published, I'll be certain to post links here (and everywhere else, too).
So, we've upped the prize package this month - two free tickets to the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium with Guest of Honour Mike Carey and The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet (ChiZine Publications) - an understated selection, but no less fab. To enter and possibly win, it's the same deal as July, visit OpenBook Toronto and follow the instructions.

If you've got a few minutes (better yet, a couple of hours), there is so much amazing material about authors and books that you really don't find anywhere else. So, read and enjoy!

Wonder what next month will bring contest-wise? Only one way to find out. Keep checking the skies (by which I mean blogs).
Through OpenBook Toronto (I can't express how much I love the staff and the site), ChiSeries and CZP are offering a chance to win free tickets to the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, featuring Mike Carey, on October 15th. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper literary contest without free books! The contest launched today, but there will be two additional contests in the months leading up to the Colloquium and the prizes will just keep getting better. I'm not going to spoil the surprise here; so, if you're curious, keep checking OpenBook Toronto's site at:

Good luck!
I cannot take credit for this at all, but it's one of Gord Zajac's witty pieces of writing which should be shared. Zajac talks about the connection we all have towards stories and storytelling and the resulting feeling of loss when those stories aren't there. He also delves into how much those stories have impacted his writing. It's also about Doctor Who not being on SPACE last weekend.

Great blog post, as always.

*NB While I had nothing to do with the blog, book and certainly get nothing from the sales, in the interests of full-disclosure, I will declare that there is a character named after me in the book.