Saturday, March 21, 2015

GEOFF, GEORGETTE, JEFF, VICKI, MICHAEL & SAMANTHA

I met these six friends when I was downtown at the Eaton Centre in Toronto. They had gathered to participate in the No Pants Subway Ride event. When they saw the Hello Project was also there, they were eager to participate and pose for a group, Hello!

Curious about the No Pants event ? Check out:  www.improveverywhere.com

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Friday, March 20, 2015

DON

Born in Zwribrucken, Germany in the mid 60s, Don Kittle found his way to Canada at four years of age. A geek at heart, he has gone from ripping apart tube TVs to writing software to falling in love with the science and art of image making. 

Don is a Toronto wedding and portrait photographer with a passion for capturing the story behind the portraits he shoots. 

Toronto has been home since 2001, but he's always looking forward to his next adventure overseas. 


DON FUN FACT: Every spring Don becomes obsessed with Everest, devouring books and docs and dreaming of a time a few years from now where he'll hike up to base camp.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Thursday, March 19, 2015

MEGAN

Many kids grew up playing with marbles at one point or another. However, Megan Brown plays with a lot more than marble now! Marble, terrazzo, onyx, limestone granite and many other beautiful forms of natural stone surrounds her every day.

Megan is the showroom manager at Ciot, a leader in the world of natural stone used in home decor and other applications where the beauty of stone is appreciated.

A newlywed, she was born in Pickering, just east of Toronto and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Interior and Architectural Design. She loves design shows on television which contributes to her interests and passion for design and decor inside and out. She is also and avid gardener as well as keenly interested in holistic nutrition.

MEGAN FUN FACT: Megan has a vast collection of old books. From old bibles to the books her parents had as children, the tactile nature and beauty of old books appeals to her.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HEATHER

Corus Entertainment reaches millions of us daily through more than 35 radio stations, children's entertainment, animation and more. With such an eclectic mix of entertainment from classic rock's Q107 to talk radio under one roof, there needs to be someone who calmly keeps the house in order!

Heather Taylor-Pong, who just turned 36 was born in Windsor, Ontario, grew up in Kincardine and came to Toronto to go to school. She attended York University taking Mass Communications 16 years ago. After graduating, she landed her"first big grown up job" with Corus Entertainment.

The smart looking glass building on Toronto's waterfront is a huge facility. Heather is the supervisor of facilities. Under her watchful eyes and disarming smile, she keeps things looking their best. Chances are, if you enjoyed the vast club-like lounge and other common areas, she is to be thanked for part of the enjoyment you had!

A shrewd bargain hunter, she enjoys finding deals on the things she needs as well as spending her down-time relaxing at home reading and playing with her cat.

HEATHER FUN FACT: During her entire life thus far, Heather has never eaten a fast food hamburger! Think about that! That's pretty cool! She is proud of this and aims to stick to that!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SIMON

According to the Oxford dictionary, Energy is "The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity".

Truer words have never been spoken about Simon Ibell's energy. Born in 1977, Simon grew up in Victoria, British Columbia on Canada's west coast. He was always active, loved sports and was very popular at school.

Simon is not just energetic, he is a force of nature.

At 4' 8" tall, Simon is one of only 40 Canadian's with Hunter Syndrome (MPS II), one of a group of six rare metabolic disorders. He has spent his life working to bring awareness to this rare disease.

His life-long close school friend and NBA star, Steve Nash and other A-level athletes from pro sports and throughout the Olympic organization have been part of his journey. A well respected advocate for sport, speaker and inspirational leader, Ibell has has never let life get in the way of his goals.

In 2003 he was named, Canadian Spirit of Sport Story of the year for riding 500 kilometres over 10 days, crossing Vancouver Island and raising $250,000 for MPS diseases.

As a past Athlete Relations & Communications manager for Right To Play, Ibell used his energy and vision to touch and inspire others internationally. Along with close friends and Olympians such as Beckie Scott and Adam Van Koeverden, Simon inspires people internationally.

Simon is the founder of the iBellieve Foundation which seeks to bring awareness to MPS and fights for a cure. Please visit www.iBelieve.com to learn more and to get involved.

SIMON FUN FACT: Even during a punishing snow storm, Simon had no difficulty gathering an esteemed group of friends together for a dinner out - proving he embodies what it is to be a force of nature.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Monday, March 16, 2015

SHAOYAN

It is fair to say, airports are not relaxing places. However, Xu Shaoyan, one of Ten Fu's Tea's ladies at the Xiamen airport will de-stress you!

Most airports in China sell tea, and in Xiamen, on China's south east coast, the Ten Fu's Tea shop is no different. However, here you can pull up a small red wood chair and enjoy tea prepared traditionally, and with no rush or sales pitch. One can totally loose track of time here as other travellers rush by.

Born in Zhangzhou in 1985, Shaoyan has worked selling tea for this company for ten years. As we spoke, her boss drifted over and smiled, knowing his star employee was a great ambassador for their tea. Always with a smile and a laugh, she is most definitely someone to find next time you are stressed out in Xiamen!

SHAOYAN FUN FACT: After making and selling tea all day she says with a laugh, tea is the last thing she drinks at home!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN