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If you missed Pamela’s talk at CMVan last month about the environment, women in power, and the mistake of making assumptions, you are in luck. The video of his talk is now up on Vimeo. Check it out! If you appreciate the work the CreativeMornings/Vancouver volunteers are doing, please click the “Donate" button below to help ensure the continued success of these important creative community events.

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Pam is an effective, creative person.

As the former Mayor of West Vancouver she stuck with multiple changes needed to transform West Van from safe to a sense of enterprise and engagement. She’s an innovator when it comes to community participation (new working groups instead of advisory committees) and corporate governance (creating a non-profit to manage the award winning community centre/arm’s length management and fundraising for the 2010 Olympics, Venue City).

She protested the destruction of Eagle Ridge Bluffs in 2005 (nude calendar girl), banned the use of cosmetic pesticides in WV a decade ago, supported significant restorative work on the foreshore/intertidal zone (UN Global Green City Award). She took on tough jobs as Vice Chair of Translink, pitching the 2 cents/litre increase in gas taxes, as Vice Chair of Metro’s Waste Committee, promoting less solid waste, and as West Van Police Board Chair through a massive multi-year corporate culture change.

Pam homeschooled her 3 children for 6 years, has a Masters degree in local government, and is now doing her MBA at SFU, majoring in Aboriginal Business and Leadership. She has her own consulting company helping business work with public policy. Douglas Coupland says “She’s incredibly down to earth and wildly generous with her time and spirit…” (Vancouver Magazine, June 2011)

CMV: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

PGJ: I say things out loud. There’s something powerful about putting ideas into words. It helps me to focus my thinking before acting, and to reach out for help.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

PGJ: I love reading, other people’s logic and body language, and I share.

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

PGJ: Don’t think of it as worrying, think of it as hatching a new idea.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

PGJ: Young aboriginal leaders in the arts, media, business, politics.

CMV: Biggest Aha! moments?

PGJ: Realizing I can only succeed if others are too. Smiling, jokes at your own expense, delegating really good jobs, sharing contacts, reaching out to opponents – these all work. Don’t sell anyone out – this does not work.

Keep space open.

CMV: Best surprise in life?

PGJ: a) Taking the kids out of school for 6 weeks, that turned into 6 years.

b) Sitting down beside a complete stranger at a fundraiser who, after talking for an hour or so, said “You’ll be the next Mayor of West Van, and I’ll help you get there.”

He did, twice. He taught me the importance of listening and being open.

Life is full of surprises.

- Pamela will be joining us for CreativeMornings Vancouver on Friday May 3, 2013.

The theme for the April 5, 2013 was ‘The Future’ featuring notable photographer and alchemist Ian Ruhter.

Forbidden Vancouver, Creative Mornings, and more: This week’s Scout List:

Get up: Friday brings Creative Mornings, the monthly morning gathering of local creative types. Each event includes a 20-minute lecture and a 20-minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends with everyone splitting for work at 10 a.m. This month’s speaker, Ian Ruhter, is an old school photographer. Way old-school. He is an artist who sought to restore some of the depth and soul of the photograph by returning to technologies and methods more than 100 years old. He captures on film what he could not achieve with present day equipment. This event is free but is registration is required. Friday, April 5, 8:30-10 a.m. Dodson House (25 E Hastings) Free creativemorningsvancouver.eventbrite.com/

This Friday brings Creative Mornings, the monthly morning gathering for creative types. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30am and ends with everyone splitting for work at 10am. This month’s speaker, Ian Ruhter, is an old school photographer. Way old-school. This is an artist who sought to restore some of the depth and soul of the photograph by returning to over 100 year old technologies and methods. He captures on film what he could not achieve with present day equipment. Sign-up for a ticket here (they get snapped up FAST, so don’t wait.)
Friday, April 5 | 8:30-10am | Dodson House (25 E Hastings) | Free |

"If I could travel into the future I would…"

Answer and be entered to win a hassle-free ticket to hear Ian Ruhter on April 5 at the Dodson House.

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Photography, which for me had started as an art form, over the last several years has evolved into something less personal and true, a process that has become vapid, much less inspiring, and therefore significantly less fulfilling.

As my career progressed, with technological advances in the image-making process I lost sight of the old way of making images. I began to lose all connection to the search for the most important component of the photographic art, the never-ending search for that image, absent any words or supporting information, reveals a hidden truth. This all changed when I began working with a nineteenth century process called wet plate collodion that would take my art and my life in a new direction. This revelation in which I embrace the past and utilize the technological advances of the future allowed me to find the component that I have been searching for.

In the process of losing my way it had taken me on a tremendous journey back to the 1800’s. I had time-traveled the way you would in a dream. Taking me backwards into the future, a future where you paint with silver and light.

CMV: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

IR: Creativity to me is when you are doing what’s in your heart. In the past 2 years I have been working on the Silver & Light project that represents who I am. I am hoping I will get jobs based on this work.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

IR: I find my creative inspiration in nature. I believe Mother Nature is the curator of all art.

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

IR: The advice I wish I had known is each mistake or failure brings you one step closer to your dream.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

IR: I wish I could hear Leonardo De Vinci speak.

CMV: What was the best advice you were ever given?

IR: One day I was complaining about my problems to my grandfather. He told me if everyone threw their problems out in the street and you could see what everyone’s were, you would go back and pick up your own.

CMV: Where is your favorite place to escape?

IR: My favorite place to escape to is my dreams. In my dreams I am free to travel the way a child does. There are no rules and there are limitless possibilities. In the past few years it has been harder to define what is a dream and what is reality.

Ian Ruther speaks at CM/Vancouver Friday, April 5, at 8:30 am. To get a ticket, sign up here.

If you missed Natacha’s talk at CMVan last month, you are in luck. The video of his talk is now up on Vimeo. Check it out! If you appreciate the work the CreativeMornings/Vancouver volunteers are doing, please click the “Donate" button below to help ensure the continued success of these important creative community events.

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