What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?
My husband David Veljacic & I own and operate Volume Studio – hair salon at 1209 Bute St. in the heart of the Davie Village – soon to be Jim Diva Plaza. I also run a non profit events company under the same name, Volume Studio. This company is active in raising funds for mental health, addiction, HIV and AIDS. Our focus is bringing communities together to support one another.
Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?
As a long time survivor of HIV/AIDS, I have had tremendous support from the community. I started this company to thank St. Paul's Hospital for all they did for me, my friends and the gay community as we struggled to deal with this devastating pandemic. Through this learning process, I now have the opportunity to share my skills and help other foundations and societies reach their goals in raising funds, awareness and removing stigmas.
What 3 things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- I love ice cream.
- Did I mention I love ice-cream
- Oh, I almost forgot, I love ice cream
Hearing that if I took three pills a day, I could live my life expectancy – OR – marrying my husband David. It's a toss up really.
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
RED - "A Positive Day" is my current passion. The gay community is doing relatively well in regards to survival and support with HIV and AIDS, however there are many individuals in marginalized communities who still suffer terribly. In recent years, the numbers have escalated in the Downtown Eastside, especially amongst Aboriginal women, women on the street in general, the homeless and the mentally ill.
I have asked the Gay community, who have had tremendous support, to give back in turn to a challenged community that is in need of help. This fashion event will follow the life of a gay male and a straight female – both HIV Positive – throughout their "Positive day.” The show will feature 60 plus selected cast members and models portraying the community and their friends! It will be a fun, sexy experience and will end in a night of dancing to one of Vancouver's finest DJ's.
Who and/or what inspires you?Helping out - giving back!
How do you personally define success?
Going to bed at night knowing I did my best.
“Water seeks it's own level.”
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