Monday, July 16, 2018

Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux

A strange twist of events threatens to destroy Andrew’s dreams, but as he searches for answers, a sudden revelation offers hope of a future he never imagined. 

Synopsis -

Andrew Foster, a real estate developer in San Diego, is a man suddenly haunted by his past. Memories, like specters from his former life of sex, drugs and rock and roll have come crashing into his current world of business in this sunny coastal city. The ominous, repeated appearance of a black SUV at the beach where he meets his sister each week, has triggered fears that it’s payback time for a bad choice he made years ago.

​To add to his frustrations, his hopes of a big breakthrough in the San Diego real estate market haven’t come to pass. He’s starting to wonder if his visions of success will ever come true when an investor offers to finance his dream project. Soon things start to fall into place for Andrew in business, life, and even love. He starts dating the beautiful and business-savvy Nicole but even with her at his side he can’t seem to shake the ghosts of his past. As the relationship with Nicole deepens, Andrew opens up to her about the many loves and adventures that have taken him from the crazy days of living in Big Sur and Joshua Tree to business success in San Diego. Her wise insights help him face the character flaws that have caused him to fail in his past relationships.

Rounding out his social life is his once-a-week task of assisting his sister with her nanny job watching a young boy named Chandler. They build sand castles on the beach and enjoy the beauty of nature together. But the now ominous weekly appearance of a strange car at the beach has awakened Andrew’s fears. Is the boy in danger? Or worse, has an enemy from Andrew’s past come seeking revenge and now Chandler’s caught in the middle?

Review - 

To the author - well done.  I was intrigued by this book as it offered me something different than the titles I have been reading lately.  The pace was slower. The author took more time to allow the story and it's characters to develop, letting us savor the journey as we read. And the flashbacks were into a time from my past I remember well.

Maddux develops this intriguing story by following the lives of several characters. We meet the main character - Andrew Foster - in current times where his life has not turned out the way he had hoped. Then we are introduced to those in his circle both past and present.  As I read, I felt I had truly met each of them and through these characters, was slowly drawn in to the intrigue of their past and for some, what was motivating their actions in current time.

Hints arise that perhaps Andrew's difficulties are related to his karma working out some hidden unworthy actions in his past. Slowly over the course of the book, the story of his past is unfolded for us through well-timed flashbacks.  It's never an easy task to run 2 parallel storylines - past and present - yet the author handled it seamlessly. I found myself often anxiously anticipating the next look back to get another piece of the puzzle.

The end of the story when it came, was the perfect conclusion. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this talented author.   

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Meet the Author -
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R.D. Maddux has story telling in his blood. Since he was young he’s always loved a good tale. He’s been writing seriously since he was in high school and college. His novels range from Mystery and Intrigue to Sci-fi/fantasy. With Boy On The Beach he’s set the story in modern America, to be exact, on the West Coast of California. He’s a native of the golden state and has been a resident of San Diego since 1987. Before that he grew up in northern California and lived in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area with sojourns in some of the beautiful parts of our state.

Living in California for over 60 years he couldn't help but watch the way things have changed in our culture and the impact this coast makes on the rest of America and the world. So even though Boy On The Beach is fiction, like most serious novels, it is not without a context and comment on issues we all face in our changing world. It takes place in real locations that are very familiar to him and its characters, which are fictional, no doubt have their counterparts in the real world. Boy On The Beach is a story of intrigue, suspense, revenge, love and redemption with flashbacks to the era when sex, drugs and rock and roll set our culture on it's inevitable journey to our present day. This idea has been rattling around in his heart and mind for a decade and it's finally coming to the page.

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Interview With R.D. Maddux, Author of Boy on the Beach

Can you share a bit about your journey to becoming a writer/published author?

I studied creative writing both in high school and college but didn’t get around to actually writing seriously until I was my early 30’s. I completed my first novel back in 1978. It was Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel in the tradition of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien with a little Star Wars thrown in. It was with a high profile publisher and did ok. I rewrote it years later. Since then I’ve done some non-fiction books and another novel. Two of these were published by established publishing houses but I saw very little royalties. Now, I do all my books as self-published. I believe an author has a much greater chance of seeing any revenue from his work when he or she self-publishes.

You share in your bio that from quite a young age, "...storytelling is in my blood." Please share your journey from this early interest to becoming a published author. Looking back is there a funny or interesting story you can share?

I’ve always loved to tell stories, whether it was around a campfire as a kid or making up a tall-tale to tell my college hippie friends years ago when we were high. But getting them into print has been the big challenge. It’s one thing to make a story but to put it in writing is the big challenge. My latest book, Boy On The Beach, has been rumbling around inside of me for years. The idea popped into my head one day and I shared it with a whole bunch of people. That was the easy part. The hard part was getting it on the page. I believe it’s going to make it to the screen either as a movie or a series on Netflix or something like that. I’m working on a screen play right now. So, I first wrote it out as a “treatment”, something you do to pitch it to a studio. That went nowhere so I finally decided to write it as a novel. That’s worked, and I’ve been greatly encouraged by the excellent reviews I’ve gotten so far. So I’m still actively pursuing my dream of getting it on the screen.

Your previous book was in the sci/fi genre. What led you to switch genres to write a mystery/thriller/suspense?

Well, I’ve always loved mystery and suspense novels and movies, and I had this idea brewing in my mind for some time. As I ruminated on it I realized that it would work much better in a contemporary real-world situation with a lot of intrigue. Plus, as a native of California it made a lot of sense setting here in my home state. Over the years I’ve been all over California from top to bottom, so I felt I could make the setting work in a real way. But getting back to the reason I wrote a mystery/thriller/suspense has also been a genre I really enjoy so it was a natural thing just to go for it in this genre.

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Where did you find the inspiration for your storyline in The Boy on the Beach? For the characters whose lives we follow?

As I said in the previous question, I’ve been all over the state of California. I’m a native and my family on my mother’s side came here in the 1840’s. I’ve not only been all over California, but I’ve met a lot of interesting people over the years in some of the most unusual settings (Big Sur hippie commune, lake side camping with beautiful people in the Mt Shasta region and years living in San Diego hanging out with all kinds of fascinating people.) All of these experiences and acquaintances makes for a great back log of knowledge that’s come in handy in writing my novels and other books.

I was really impressed with how you handled the 2 parallel story lines - following the main character's difficulties in the present while slowly unfolding events from his past that led to this moment in time through flashbacks. How did you plot this out so that it blended so smoothly?

It took a lot of thought and some rewriting to get everything to fall into place in the story line. I realized that the best way of keep the intrigue alive in the book was to slowly unravel the mystery in a way that would keep the reader guessing. I like the use of flashbacks in books. I did it in my Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, Gem Of The Wanderer. I know some readers and writers don’t like it but it’s an approach that’s used a lot in novels and movies and I’ve always enjoyed it personally. So, like I said earlier, it took a lot of thought and I actually moved things around after I’d finished them because I realized it would make the story unfold in a more interesting way.

As an author - what is easiest or most enjoyable about the writing process? What feels like a chore or is the hardest?

As an author, I love it when an idea gets ignited in me. I’ve often found that sweet spot where you can’t get the thoughts out of your head and onto the page fast enough. It’s a great feeling. That’s what I enjoy most about writing. What feels like a chore is getting started. On a typical day it’s the first hour that’s the hardest but I’ve noticed that once I get past that 60-minute point, the juices have started to flow and everything seems to be downhill after that. 

How does the writing process work for you? Do you schedule a time every day or work madly when inspiration hits or? How much time is spent on research outside of your writing time?

I usually set a goal of completing a book by a certain date. I don’t write full time but being semi-retired I do have open days. So, when I’m in the middle of a project, I try to set aside a few days a week and make sure I have at least 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted time to work on that project. As far as research, it depends on the book. My novels have taken less time because a lot of it comes from my imagination or my experiences so I’m just recalling things but I when I wrote Boy On The Beach, I did do a lot of internet searching to make sure I got some of the details right. When it comes to my non-fiction writing, I’ve done a lot of research in other books and online.

When not writing, what type of books do you like to read?

I enjoy reading all kinds of books. A good novel is a delight if I’m on vacation or have some extra time on my hands. But mostly I like non-fiction history, biography and contemporary issue books.

Any new books in the conceptual, planning or writing stages you can share with us?

Like I said earlier I’m working on a screen play of my latest novel, Boy On The Beach, and also thinking about a series of detective type novels set in San Diego that involve issues on both sides of the border here. I’ve got a couple of intriguing scenarios that are quite fascinating. I hope to get to them soon.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Meet the SHINE2018 Team - Justin Voitic

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do. 

I am a Fashion Blogger / Influencer & also the Manager at IN Salon in Yaletown. I started off as a blogger and model in the Vancouver fashion industry in 2010, then I gained experience coordinating backstage at different fashion shows and events, as well as Eco Fashion Week & Vancouver Fashion Week (while continuing to walk in shows).

This mixture of being in the spotlight while working behind the scenes simultaneously gave me the experience and courage to launch my own Fashion Agency - The FIVE Agency in 2011. I then closed it down to pursue different career paths which led me to where I am today where I feel like I have the best of both worlds managing IN Salon while continuing to keep my finger on the pulse in this city and remain an Influential Public Figure in the fashion & entertainment industries here.

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I first met Dean Thullner while covering his amazing event RED for the Positive Living Society of BC as media. I then reconnected with him in preparation for the first SHINE event, where I joined the team as the Fashion & Lifestyle correspondent. I worked on the Instagram account last time, did FB live videos and lead up interviews with the designers involved to create an awareness of this amazing event. Then was there during and after the event to assist in any way I could. Dean is such an inspiring leader in our community and our city, and his events have helped raised funds and awareness for causes that are close to my heart. He really inspires me, and so many of us, and I am grateful for our friendship!

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

I will be returning as the Fashion & Lifestyle corespondent this year, a title that was created for me to add some JV sparkle to all that is SHINE! This year, since I now run the show as the Manager of IN Salon, I will also have a secondary role. I will help coordinate the hair provided by some of our generous and VERY talented stylists at both IN & IS salons (owned by the wonderful Erin Moore) - as we are working on two designer sets this year. Both are designers who I love & admire - Connally Mcdougall & Jennifer Kappler.



What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

As someone who has experienced anxiety at different points in my life, SHINE is a cause that is very close to my heart. I feel like my charisma, positivity, love for creativity, and respect for the designers and those involved is why I was also drawn to support this fantastic fundraiser.

SHINE2018 has the hashstag #nostigma, and the funds raised are earmarked for programs servicing those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Was this a part of your reason for volunteering? If so, please share a little bit about your passion for this cause.

As mentioned, I not only have friends and family members who have worked in the field of mental health, but also have suffered from mental illness and/or addictions. I have gone through points in my life where I have experienced PTSD & anxiety due to traumas. I also am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and have so much love and support for anyone who is currently suffering or struggling with what I have mentioned. Being part of this event makes me feel like I am helping to make a difference, and that is something I’ve always wanted to do with my fashion career.

What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

Definitely the fashion! I cannot wait to get a glimpse of the fantastic pieces that are being designed by our talented designers, and of course to see everything unfold on the day of the show! I’ll be there with my social media in hand ready to capture the action for the viewers at home!

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate.

Please, bring your family & friends to this amazing event - it will be an unforgettable evening of art, fashion, and inspiration. All for an important cause!


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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year. They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Meet The SHINE2018 Team - Lisa Callender

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do.

I’m an Ottawa native who fell in love with Vancouver and am happy to be able to call the coast home for 13 years now. I’m an Aries who loves the sun and the ocean and I am a hairstylist at Volume and a teacher at Blanche MacDonald.

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I met Dean back when SHINE was still called “Brilliant”. I came on as the lead creative director for the school’s portion of the show. Dean is an amazing person and I am so fortunate to have been asked to join the team. It’s been four years and I love more every year!

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

Well I started as creative director for the students, but in 2015 I was asked to also be the assistant stage manager in tandem with the creative director role. Then I was honored to be the stage manager for “Red” – the positive living society fundraiser – in 2017. This year, I’ll be the stage manager for SHINE. Being a part of “SHINE” has allowed me to wear lots of different hats and it’s been a wonderful learning experience – and lots of fun!

What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

I first heard about “SHINE” back when it was called “Brilliant” through one of my colleagues at Blanche MacDonald. I thought that it was an awesome cause and I wanted to get involved right away – I mean, doing what I love while also making a social impact? – it was a no-brainer.

SHINE2018 has the hashstag #nostigma, and the funds raised are earmarked for programs servicing those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Was this a part of your reason for volunteering? If so, please share a little bit about your passion for this cause.

Living in Vancouver has been a real eye opener in terms of recognizing what far-reaching impacts addiction and mental health can have on a person’s life. But it is actually a cause really close to my heart – a close family member suffers with depression and I’ve lost friends to overdoses. It’s hard to see or know that someone is struggling with something and you feel powerless to help. So I guess this is my way of fighting for those friends and family in the best way I know how.

What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

Everything!! Collaborations with designers and salons, performances, even the late nights – it’s all so much fun and I can’t wait to get started!

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate. 

I think Margaret Mead said: “All social change comes for the passion of individuals” – and that is exactly what “Shine” is all about.



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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year. They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Meet the SHINE2018 Team - Tanya Billingham

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do. 


My name is Tanya Billingham, I’ve been a makeup artist for almost 15 years. I started in freelancing, mostly grads and weddings, and then moved into Fashion Shows and now do YouTube and teach online makeup classes about inner and outer beauty. I’m a mom to two amazing boys, they are the centre of my world. Both play competitive sports and that has become my focus over the last 2 years. But I still do Shine every year because it is close to my heart. See #4

I started working as a makeup artist to help people see and understand that beauty comes from within, makeup doesn’t make you beautiful it only enhances what’s already underneath.

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I met Dean the very first year of Brilliant, I was working as a volunteer and then got asked last minute to step into a lead role. After that show I walked up to him and asked him if there was anyway I could take on the makeup side of the show the next year and he agreed. He is now one of my closest friends, my biggest supporters and a part of my family. 

 
You are part of the Shine 2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

I am the Head of Makeup for the show. It’s my responsibility to get the leads and the artists. Connect them with their team, make sure the looks get created and then done properly on the day of. Our team of artists is about 80 people and I over see them all. This show is always fun because nothing is ever the same, every look is a true work of art, it allows every artists to truly be creative and create something they are proud of. 


What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

So what pulled me in was the mental health side of it. I am Bi-Polar type 2 with borderline personality traits. Being in the system I know what the system is lacking, I know what it’s like to feel shame and not understood. Mental Illness is like every other illness you just can’t see it so a lot of people don’t believe it. This show and it’s constant effort to remove the stigma around mental health is what brought me in but also what keeps me coming back.

I was diagnosed and sent home with some meds, I’ll never forget it, I didn’t know what to do with myself. My whole life had changed with just 5 words. I didn’t know how to function, how to parent, how to explain to people what was wrong with me (that’s how I felt at the time), and I had no idea of who I was anymore.


Shine 2018 has the hashstag #nostigma, and the funds raised are earmarked for programs servicing those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Was this a part of your reason for volunteering? If so, please share a little bit about your passion for this cause. 

Over the years I’ve grown into my mental illness but I’m different from a lot of others, I’m an extremely strong advocate for myself, not everyone with mental illness can be that way, I fought hard to get the help I needed. I do this show in part because I want others to not have to fight so hard, I want people to start seeing the signs earlier and I was resources to be available to everyone! 


What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

For me, surprisingly, it’s not all about the makeup. It’s about watching it all come together. The looks, the fashion, the hair the makeup. Seeing what each team whats you to see on the runway. It’s always special and it’s always mind blowing. Shine has this amazing community surrounding it, people who have watched this show for years and years and come back again to see what new things we can create. It’s not like any other fashion show you have ever been too.

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate.

“If I had changed anything, it would have changed everything”



Links -
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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year. They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Meet the SHINE2018 Team - Lorenzo Cryer

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do.

After thirty years in Australia, I have returned to my homeland of Canada. I have had a varied career, starting off modelling in my early twenties, then moved into hospitality and trained as a chef. After a short stint in this profession, I returned to school, and with a degree in Marketing, opened a Graphic Design Studio which I named cryercom.

After 15 years at the helm, I decided on a life change, a tree change I will call it. In 2000, I returned to school, this time achieving a degree in Horticulture. With that, I moved out of the city of Sydney to my weekender in the Blue Mountains. I created a productive garden, full of fruit trees, berries, herbs and vegetables. With this bounty, I bought the local ‘tea house’ and grew most of the produce for the menu in my garden. At this time, I created my own range of jams, chutneys and preserves, under the brand name ‘Cucina de Lorenzo'. When the building the cafe was in sold, I started working as a horticulturist. 

Fast track to today, and I live and work on the Sunshine Coast of BC with my dog Sandy. I manage a small organic farm and maintain a few residential properties. I currently sit on the Board of Directors of the One Straw Society. A non profit organization dedicated to the sustainable food movement here on the Coast.


How did you meet Dean Thullner?

New to the city of Vancouver, I wandered into Volume Studio one day to get my hair cut. I was sitting in the chair next to where Dean was chatting with his client. He was talking about this fundraiser called Brilliant! It sounded amazing, which it was! When my cut was finished, I went over and introduced myself and offered my services to volunteer for the next show.

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

I am the Director of Communications for this heartfelt community event. I created our logo, and work to maintain our brand. I write and create all communication material. I also design and produce all of our marketing collateral. I manage all of our social media, as well. @shinenostigma on Instagram is a showcase of what I do. I am honoured to be part of this incredibly talented team for SHINE2018.


What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

In 1988, I was diagnosed HIV+, I was 26 years old. In 1996 I was struck down with cancer, the defining illness which meant I was battling full blown AIDS. It seems it was not my time, and with the new antiretrovirals coming into play, I survived. I faced much prejudice and discrimination, and today still feel the stigma of living with HIV. All of that has affected my mental health and I struggle with anxiety and depression. So, if I can be part of raising funds and awareness for those who struggle with mental illness and addiction, I must.

SHINE2018 has the hashstag #nostigma, and the funds raised are earmarked for programs servicing those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Was this a part of your reason for volunteering? If so, please share a little bit about your passion for this cause.

I know the feeling of stigma. I want to understand people’s struggles with their mental health. I have been blessed to be surrounded by friends and family who support my life journey. I know not everyone is this fortunate. Being in a position to offer support and encouragement to those in need, is the main reason I do what I do. We must do everything we can to spread of the message of #nostigma.

What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

Seeing the Commodore Ballroom packed to the rafters with people that share our vision and offer their support and encouragement to our rally cry of talking openly and honestly about our Mental Health.
Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate.
Please do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on. 

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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year. They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Meet The SHINE2018 Team - Teresa Laturnus

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do. 

I enjoy volunteering on events like SHINE and started volunteering with different organizations when I was still in high school, many years ago. I am an Executive Assistant at Stantec Architect and work with a busy Vice President and a team of 20 people. I worked for the David Suzuki Foundation prior to that as their Communications Coordinator. I am passionate about the environment and sit on our building’s Green Committee that is run by Morguard.

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I was introduced to Dean in 2010 by Kirby Epps when I was in desperate need of a haircut fix. Dean saved me from that very bad haircut and we have been great friends ever since. I volunteered for Dean at the first Brilliant in 2012 and have become more involved every year and in 2014 I became his Assistant and then eventually the Production Coordinator.

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

I am the Production Coordinator. I have contact with all Designers, Hair Salons, Makeup Artists and get all the relevant paperwork required done and in order. I also assist in getting prizes and sponsorships.

What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

I have a large family and a few members suffer from mental illnesses. I have also suffered losing a friend to suicide and do not wish anyone to suffer the same way.


What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

EVERYTHING…but if I must pick one thing, it will be the fashion.

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate.

“Early diagnosis is so important because the earlier a mental illness can be detected, diagnosed and treatment can begin, the better off that person can be for the rest of his or her life.” Rosalynn Carter

On stage with the Shine 2016 team
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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year.  They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Meet The SHINE2018 Team - Nathan Fadear

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do. 

I am a dancer and choreographer who has been living in Vancouver and working in the industry for 10+ years. I've travelled around the world doing what I love and sharing my passions with some of the industries finest!

How did you meet Dean Thullner?


Dean and I connected over RED in 2017 and we hit it off right away. I am so happy that Dean has let me join the team as the movement director of SHINE 2018

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the Shine team and what does your work entail?

As the movement director for SHINE2018, I'm so excited to be working with the models, dancers and different artists. Helping with stage presence and confidence as well as creating some major dance pieces for the audiences enjoyment.

What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?


This movement is so dear to my heart, mental illness affects so many of us in so many different ways. To come together to celebrate all of our triumphs through this beautiful cause with so many different art forms is such a special event.

What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

I'm so looking forward to creating the opening piece with a vast amount of different talent! Be ready for a powerful opening! 



Links -


Website - www.dacostatalent.com/nathan-fadear
Instagram - @natefadear

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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year. They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Meet The SHINE2018 Team - Kerry Gibson

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do.

I am the President of EcoCentury Technologies, which is a socially directed developer and distributor of clean Technologies such as LED lighting and Hydrogen powered amphibious vehicles. I also serve on the Board of Directors of many Foundations and Organizations, along with building a scholarship fund for Women in Trades, creating accessibility through both policy and infrastructure, directs large scale economic development for social protection, fundraising/PR for various causes, building legislation, and mentoring youth around the world.  

Currently I am focused on several collaborations that will address the SDGs both locally and globally using innovative solutions applying a business lens to philanthropy. I speak on global platforms including the UN addressing economic development, the promotion of equality for all, and has represented the private sector's role in civil society. I have also been named UN Women Planet 5050 Champion, the Canadian Ambassador for the United Nations Women's Entrepreneurship Day Campaign, a Canadian Global Goodwill Ambassador, and has recently received a Times of Canada award for Excellence in Innovation, a Shakti Award, and the 2018 Honour Award by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization.  

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I had the pleasure of meeting Dean when I was searching for a supporter for Elevate and Celebrate, a campaign and event series that funded accessibility to a Heritage building. Of course he and his amazing team said yes, they always rally for a good cause!




You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

I am the director of public relations for the SHINE2018 team. I will be ensuring that SHINE is highlighted to the community as it should be! In saying that, we very much appreciate the support of individuals like yourself who are ready to write and speak about this brilliant cause, and whomever would like to introduce SHINE to Vancouver through media let's have coffee and talk about how perfect this night will be!


SHINE2018 has the hashstag #nostigma, and the funds raised are earmarked for programs servicing those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Was this a part of your reason for volunteering? If so, please share a little bit about your passion for this cause.

SDG 3, good health and well being is the role of the entire community to achieve. From kindness to your neighbour to curing cancer, we all play a role. This year, supporting the Hope center at Lions Gate Hospital resonates with us all as we find ourselves being swallowed up by the opioid epidemic and youth after youth loses their hope, their future, their lives to the consequences. We all want to ensure this program is as firmly supported as possible. Dean and his team have dedicated their lives to mental health and addictions related causes, and I support those who are committed as he is. Completely, totally, fully.



What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

It is always a joy to witness the collective love within such a diverse space. From surgeons to drag queens, we all are there to ensure the success of SHINE. We dig deep and throw the most exhilarating event, the most spectacularly fantastical showcase, that raises impactful contributions year after year.

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate. 

We watch them fall and feel helpless... then one by one we connect, interlace our wills and our work and collectively uplift all who struggle, then none will struggle, none will fall.


Links - 
Previous interview with Kerry Gibson HERE!

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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year. They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Meet the SHINE2018 Team - Hemingway Ladouceur, Style by Hemingway


Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do.  

I am a young artist living in the city of Vancouver. Originally from Montreal, moved here almost a decade ago to start a new journey. I get involved with many charitable organizations in any way that I can. This city is thriving with amazing talent to be seen and I want to help bring those individuals to the forefront. 

My career has brought me to Shine through the same process many do... Assistant to the stylist. Doing the work that not everyone wants to do. By working hard and making my self known, I perceived and have made it this far. 

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I was fresh on the scene and working on one of his new shows. This may have been one of my very first BIG show. So I did what anyone in my position would do... start directing people around and making sense of the backstage craziness. 
I guess Dean liked what he saw because I have been working with him for a few years now and it's always the best time.

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the SHINE team and what does your work entail?

I manage anything fashion. I over see the designers work and prep with my team anything we might be missing for the show as fast as dancers and models go. Running the fashion section back stage is thrilling. The day of the show everyone is excited and nervous all at the same time. I guess I thrive under stress because all the shows have been amazing. 



What is your "why"?  Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

Growing up, my family never had enough money to send all the kids to their favorite activity. I always wanted to be on stage. Somehow be in the theater or around clothes. At least part of the tech team.. really anything to get me as close to the production. I loved every part of it. 
This really is my way of expanding on this childhood love. By putting this production together, these amazing people are able to make a difference in so many peoples life. I'm only one person in the grand scheme of things but I like to do my part.


SHINE2018 has the hashstag #nostigma, and the funds raised are earmarked for programs servicing those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Was this a part of your reason for volunteering?  If so, please share a little bit about your passion for this cause.

Mental illness runs in every family...mine included. My best friend in the whole wide world just so happens to be the same person I came into this world with. My twin sister. She herself is an artist and an amazing one at that! 

A few years ago we went through some difficult times and struggled with what it meant to be at ease. Mental illness affects everyone close to you and I wanted to be there for my sister just as much as she wanted to be there for me. But it took time and hard work. 


What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

I am most looking forward to the many surprises Dean has in store for all of us. Yes, even the production team isn't in on all the special details. Every year Dean surprises the guests with something amazing. Stay tuned! 

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate. 

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different"  -- Coco Chanel.


Links - 

Instagram - stylebyhemingway
Twitter - @stylebhemingway

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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year. They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Meet The SHINE2018 Team - Brad Mitchell

Please share a little bit about who you are and what you do.

I'm an accomplished award-winning Designer, Creative Director and Event Producer. Upon completing studies at Ryerson University in Toronto I launched a career focusing on commercial and high-end residential interior design, gaining an impressive client list. I then expanded into the commercial design industry focusing on retail, restaurant and office,work environments.

During that time I was recognized in the medical Journal of Canada for “Most Innovative Medical Office Design”, which also honored me with the distinction of heading the design team for a medical Arts complex in Victoria B.C. However, entertainment being my first love, I followed opportunities to direct my career into the event-planning industry where I soon became recognized for my ability to merge great design with quality entertainment.

From gala fundraisers, prestigious affairs, to international fashion runways, I have created some of the industries most dynamic and progressive entertainment. In 1993 I relocated to Vancouver and founded “BAM Entertainment," a special-event and talent-management company. After a successfully building, directing and producing large scale destination events throughout North America, I shifted my focus to the creative side of the film/ television industry as a set designer.

In 2005, I had an opportunity to work with HGTV as a television personality for one of their national design programs and jumped at the opportunity to be in front of the camera, allowing me yet another perspective into the entertainment industry. Love It or Lose It is in syndication worldwide. In 2010, I was commissioned to direct/style a photo-shoot for Mr. gay world which earned me a prestigious double page spread in the international lifestyle magazine DNA.

How did you meet Dean Thullner?

I met Dean Thullner around 2000 when we co-produced a successful event benefiting the Vancouver Pride Society called Recreation at the Commodore Ballroom.  Recreation offered Vancouver's first international 60 foot runway. Dean and I went on to work on many fashion projects together after that. 

You are part of the SHINE2018 team. What is your position on the Shine team and what does your work entail?

I am in charge of the event room and staging decor for Shine 2018.

What is your "why"? Why were you drawn to offer your talents in support of this specific charity fundraiser?

I feel passionately that mental illness effects all of us in someway. I have personally dealt with depression. I have witnessed friends deal with various issues from addiction to depression to anxiety disorders. I am proud to do what I can to shed light on this important cause. 

SHINE2018 has the hashstag #nostigma, and the funds raised are earmarked for programs servicing those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Was this a part of your reason for volunteering?

Yes it absolutely is! Stigma has played such a large role in people not seeking help, being ashamed, feeling alone and helpless. I am so proud of the work being done to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. There is no shame - we are all affected one way or another. We cannot overcome the issues we personally face or the issues we see in society if we are unable to talk open and freely about them without stigma and without shame.

What are you most looking forward to at SHINE2018 in terms of the amazing show being created?

I always feel a sense of pride that with every year we are one step closer to our objectives of overcoming stigma and bringing mental illness into the light it deserves. I am also so proud of all the talent our community brings to the stage every year.

Any last thing you'd like to share - a quote, a thought, an encouragement for people to attend and/or donate. 

We are all human on this journey, We must all embrace compassion and empathy for others and for ourselves. We should all strive for happiness and know that we are all not so different from each other, we all have love to give and a light to shine. 

Links - 

Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/brad-mitchell-49715a6
Facebook - Brad mitchell facebook

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Get your tickets as early as possible as this is a SELLOUT every year.  They are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shine2018-tickets-41429908973

For more information on Shine 2018, please visit their website at www.shinenostigma.ca/.