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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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