Ohh, introductions. Can’t I just say I’m awesome and be done with it?
No? Alright then…
My name is Ashley, and I just started as a PR Intern at Lunapads. I grew up in Ottawa and have always been used to powerful businesswomen, as my mom owned and managed two bakeries. My big sister and I were great helpers, when we weren’t snacking.
In university I was drawn to studying worldviews: the concept that everyone sees the world through a lens, like glasses. I graduated with a liberal arts degree after studying a wide array of diverse worldviews, including religions, cultures, history, environmentalism and feminist theory. I had some pretty sad times, like researching the trafficking of women and girls, as well as some inspiring ones, like volunteering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to gut houses so they can be rebuilt again. If you ever have the opportunity to knock down moldy drywall, I’d highly recommend it!
After university, I worked at an environmental organization dedicated to protecting Canada’s beautiful boreal forest until I felt ready for a change of scenery. So, after a few months vacationing in Seattle and getting used to West Coast life, I moved up to Vancouver. This city is so amazing!
To further develop my passion for environmental issues, I decided to go back to school. I’m currently taking my MA in Environmental Education and Communication, which basically means I’m learning how to talk to people about nature. Out of a weird desire for yet more school, I recently took a couple of design classes at Emily Carr University, which is where I met Madeleine, and by extension, Lunapads.
I’ve only been working here for a few weeks, but I already feel so welcome and at home. At Lunapads, I feel like I’m part of something larger. It’s wonderful to be so open and honest about this totally natural part of our lives that is stupidly deemed shameful by society. This is the first time in my life that I’ve actually been excited to get my period!
Other than tearing down hurricane-hit houses, I enjoy hiking (there are mountains everywhere out here!), reading and writing (which certainly comes in handy with all the schoolwork I do), exploring new areas of town and trying new things (party on Granville St, anyone?), exercising, and eating the icing off of cupcakes (mmm!).