Looking Back on Fall Date Nights in YYC:Dome Dining Edition..Down The Rabbit Hole We Went

Date nights are always a fun opportunity for me to get dressed up a, throw on a Burgundy Jewel Toned Lipstick and venture out to a new eating establishment we haven’t been to yet. I get nostalgic thinking of when my mom and dad used to go out for dinner which was often saved for special occasions like a birthdays or anniversaries. My mother always had a flair for rich vibrant colors, and would accessorize her long royal blue coat with a ruby or emerald broach pinning her silk scarf against the lapel. Her cheeks freshly rouged as she shuffled me into my black patent dress shoes smelling of Shalimar and Oil of Olay.

It’s only to be expected that I’ve followed a similar pattern of pomp and circumstance on date nights. My boyfriend Tony is well programmed in his responses to my questions around appropriate dress attire where he’ll simply say:

“Wear whatever it is you’d like to wear!”-Smart Boy

It should also come as no surprise that I’ve been extremely overdressed on multiple occasions, but chalked it up to sometimes Truck Stop Diners with world famous pie deserve the opulence.

According to its Website:

We’ve had a couple of mentionable dinner dates in the last several weeks. We finally had made it out to Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, located in a historical site in Fish Creek Park, Calgary Alberta.

According to its Website:

“The story of the Bow Valley Ranche is nearly twelve decades long. Throughout its many years, the house has always had a reputation for holding unforgettable parties. It began with a few characters who were critical to the development of Alberta’s cattle industry, the Big Four. In fact, the idea of the Calgary Stampede may very well have been conceived within the walls of the house.

In 1896, cattle rancher and businessman William Roper Hull purchased property along the Bow River and built a sprawling ranch house. The ranch became a centre for refined social activities, as he entertained many local and foreign visitors there. Among the activities popular with the guests, tennis and the outdoor pool were crowd favourites, as you can see from the pictures below.

Hull owned the house and property until 1902, when it was purchased by Patrick Burns, a successful cattle rancher who eventually became a senator. Almost a century later, local residents Mitzie and Larry Wasyliw created the Fish Creek Restoration Society in 1995 for the purpose of restoring the Hull residence. In the summer of 1999, the ranch house was opened as a fine dining restaurant.”

Bow Valley Ranche is a fine dining resteraunt and we were celebrating our common-law anniversary, which is a thing for some of us fearful of marriage!

September 28, 2020 gave us an abnormally warm evening and looked forward to clutching on to the last few days, hours and minutes of outdoor dining we could. We had also been aware that they were hosting the Foodies in the Park Series : Wonderland Dome Dining which we will return to experience on October 23rd, 2020. Stay tuned for that!

We strolled along the pathway leading up to the impressive farmhouse, lined with old fashioned street lanterns. It reminded me of the scene in Mary Poppins, Bert and the children went to the park and broke into song singing:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !

Amazon.com: Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition: Julie Andrews, Dick Van  Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

A quaint little fountain in the middle of the Ranch House’s garden marked its way before we arrived at the steps leading us onto a porch that wrapped its way around the house. I knew that was where I wanted to sit for dinner, and we were led to a discreetly placed table

We started our dining experience with a hearty helping of Oysters on the half shell, fresh grated horseradish, lemon and mignonette du jour. On our first date, we had worked our way down 17th Ave, Bar and resteraunt hopping with our last stop being Market. There we drank cognac and ate Oysters until we ended up taking the party back to my place *wink *wink- So it only made sense to indulge.

For dinner I had the Smoked Gouda & Wild Mushroom Stuffed Chicken with macaire potatoes, asparagus, tomato confit and roasted peppers. Tony had the Rougie Duck a L’Orange, with Russian Blue mashed potatoes, green beans, baby carrot vichy. Both entrees were delicious, however we had a little giggle over the plating of his food, specifically his Russian Blue Mashed Potatoes.

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We ended our evening of with a dessert of truffles that were on the house. Our waiter was so excellent and quite charming, ensuring our glasses remained full or if we needed anything in the most cordial of ways.

It was a beautiful way to finish up a gorgeous September.

Last night we ventured North of the bow River to SS106 Aperitivo Bar, and Italian Kitchen nestled in the heart of Crescent Heights on Edmonton Trail.

According to their Website:

“SS106’s name derives from the SS106 which is a 491-kilometre highway on the Ionian coast in southern Italy, stretching between the towns of Reggio Calabria in the west to Taranto in the east. While the highway offers incredibly scenic views of beaches, ancient coastal towns and the sea, it is also known as one of Italy’s most dangerous roads, due to tight turns. However, Domenico (the owner) wanted to change the highway’s reputation right here in their hometown of Calgary.

SS106 Aperitivo Bar was opened to create the Italian lifestyle here in Calgary. The Italian lifestyle is very social and every Italian visits their local bar daily even if it’s just for a quick espresso. Many people who have not traveled to Italy have a perception that Italian restaurants are only quiet and candle lit. In Italy many Italian restaurants & bars are very social, happy and louder. SS106 Aperitivo Bar has brought a piece of Italy to YYC.”-Website

And loud it was! It made me long for my girl gang and a time during pre-pandemic days where we’d sit for hours, drinking, laughing and taking no particular notice of the other diners around us regardless of how racey the topic was.I could see the owners vision at work as small groups of diners grazed over plates of Charctuterie, Olives and Pasta.

SS106 makes all their pasta in house and lived up to its charm of not trying to be anything else but just that. A perfect spot to drop in, fill your belly, and try one of their craft cocktails. I enjoyed an Apertivo called the Busted Negroni-Cinzano | Campari | Prosecco | Soda.

We ordered the TAGLIERE (BOARDS) Fromaggio and Calamari to start which were pretty standard and tasty. For our entree’s I had ordered the Gnocchi ai Funghi which is their House-made gnocchi served in a gorgonzola cheese fondue with seared mushrooms. Tony ordered the Fusilli Calabresi pasta served in a tomato sauce with parmesan cheese, which I ended up wishing I had ordered with its nicely spiced, well balanced sauce.Alternatively they have pizza’s as well that perhaps I will try next time. It was a nice time and I was happy Tony had come across this place for our date night. The service was awesome and quick, and very Italian!

Stay tuned for our next date nights in YYC : FoodiesintheparkWonderland Edition

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Date Night YYC: The Meat Sweats and Tall Boys Edition at Big Sky BBQ

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Cece D & Maria

One thing I’m grateful for is friends who are always down for beer and brisket. My usual sidekick just so happened to be on call for work, and my good friend Maria swooped in to the rescue to be my dining partner for the night. Since moving to the South end of Calgary Alberta, I’ve quickly adapted from a bougie inner city girl to the Suburban Scarlet O’Hara, proclaiming “I will Never Go Hungry Again!”- ensuring I have a long list of close fave eating spots. And Big Sky BBQ is one of them. From My home in Auburn Bay, Big Sky BBQ is a quick 11 minute drive South to Okotoks, where its clear you are immediately immersed in the spectacular Albertan countryside, passing over the Bow River where people are fly fishing or taking in an relaxing float. The rolling foothills, pastures, and acreage homes tout a vibe where living seems easy and unbothered by the city that lays North of them. The scenic drive never fails to build anticipation for me, where the tension begins to leave my body and replaced with some deeper breathes, filling my lungs with air that just feels more bountiful.

I fell in love with Big Sky BBQ last summer, when we had a hankering for BBQ but didn’t want to drive downtown to our other favorite spot The Cormery Block. It would be since I had snagged me a southern boy from St. Louis 4 years ago, that I’d now consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of what can be considered “Good BBQ.” Not only good BBQ, but how BBQ can vary from region to region, whereby one can hone in on what their favorite style of BBQ is. From the rubs, to the woods, to the smoke, to the sauces, it all can cone together exquisitely if done right. BBQ is the type of food you can taste the passion and soul put into it-maybe that’s why it makes us feel so good when the rich aromas hit our senses. It ignites a sense of familiarity that feels like home with every morsel that falls of the bone.

Upon arrival you are transported to an authentic Texas Style BBQ Joint- But aesthetically nicer in my opinion. Inside you get the vibe of a roadhouse, where its spacious and cozy all rolled up in one Biker Loving atmosphere. My favorite however is the outdoor dining, where there are picnic tables with umbrellas in a beautiful grassy landscape, and heated bar seating that makes it easy to sit out there for hours and take in the sunset. When you look out, you’ll see horses running majestically in the distance. As you can tell from my description, ambience is everything for me when I’m out to eat, and BBQ without the right setting in my opinion can make or break even the taste of those savory meaty delights.

So it was no surprise that despite the cool temperatures Maria and I sat there with our coats huddled up under the heat lamp for hours, putting back Sangria’s and Tall Boys like a couple Roadhouse hussies looking for a good time. Its the kind of place where you can strike up conversations with strangers beside you and reconnect with the world again after a lengthy year amidst this exhausting pandemic, While Alberta continues to sway in and out of varying restrictions, we’ve become more cognizant about supporting our local businesses like Big Sky BBQ, as its a place that clearly gives back to us as well in the form of a place to gather safely over some good ol’ soul food. Food has always historically brought people together- and this establishment does just that.

So we dined on their Smoked Beans, Brisket, St. Louis Ribs(to die for) and coleslaw to balance it all out. I personally love to mix my Beans and Slaw together making for an extra sloppy mouth watering variation. I don’t think there isn’t anything on the menu that isn’t amazing, and if you go with a group get the platters as you get some major bang for your buck that will keep you eating BBQ for the days ahead.

So if you are a local to Calgary or surrounding area, this is a must go to spot in my opinion. Lets continue to get see our local businesses through this rough patch, and do yourself a favor too by getting out the house!

Big Sky BBQ also has an on location butcher shop, catering, and Pit Master cooking classes!

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Happy Mom and Her Meats!

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The Medical Aesthetics Glow-Up: The Journey To Loving My Skin Again

I was born in the late 70’s having spent the majority of my childhood in the 80’s and adolescence in the 90’s grunge era whereby the more plaid you wore and sadder you appeared, the more you were winning in the eyes of the fashion police.

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The beauty icons of my generation were the Kate Moss’s, Christy Turlington’s and lets not forget the blonde and bodacious Claudia Schiffer. There wasn’t one dorm room wall at my boarding school during that time that wasn’t plastered by her Guess Ads. And while fashion magazines were passed hand to hand faster than crack on the streets of Detroit, there was no signs of their influence on us. Despite what we saw in those magazines, there was this unspoken acceptance with the fact that those beauty standards were unattainable unless you were born with gazelle legs and fine featured bone structure. We had made peace with that reality once we had hit puberty and hit our peak growth by 13. And this was okay. We knew we weren’t models and beauty wasn’t the broad and widely accepted diverse kind of standards we have now. It was almost like by acknowledging that we didn’t fit the mold that we were able to channel our efforts and energy into other things that gave us joy. You see having grown up in a time with no social media, there was no need to appease the masses for superficial adoration. Attention and praise would be awarded to those who did good at sports, were considered pretty cute or were outgoing and charismatic. Occasionally some would have the trifecta and then others like myself would blend somewhere in the middle.

Which of These Claudia Schiffer Photos Is From 1989?

Now that’s not to say that we didn’t attempt to attain some level of beauty practices, but it really wasn’t something that consumed much of our time. Our nightly routines in boarding school would have us in the bathrooms with Noxema burning away at our nostrils leaving our skin seemingly clean and refreshed. We’d also exfoliate with our St.Ives apricot scrub every second day, leaving it on longer for optimal effect. We’d go to sleep with dried acne treatment spots and pray that it would work its magic before morning.

Mornings may have included some dabs of Body Shop White Musk perfume oil, some poorly matched skin concealer, and lip smackers to finish off. I assure you there was no faces “getting beat” or “contouring” happening. There was a one shade/item fits all kind of approach; that was the magical “can’t live without” concealer for morning, noon and night. I didn’t even know that I was supposed to pluck my eyebrows until I was in grade 12 and then that was when the over plucking was all the rage. Didn’t take this gal too long before she had some epic thin quarter moon shaped brows dancing in the middle of her forehead. This thread thin trend is solely responsible for my dependence on the expensive Nano Brow/Make Up tattooing required to fix the mistakes of my youthful ignorance. Ironically, the brow correction led me back to the 90’s famous Cindy Crawford Brow Game!

Book Robin Yu who did my amazing brows!

My interest and curiosity over the years has continued to build momentum as the world of medical aesthetics continues to boom in popularity. It’s no longer something that only the celebrities of Hollywood get; its the stay at home, mom next door, or the beautiful young waitress’s that are the major fans spilling through the doors. Gone are the days where we see the obvious tells of invasive plastic surgery whereby anyone with eyes would do a hard pass on. It would be a close friend of mine who was in her mid 20’s that sold me on finally taking the plunge to get Dermal filler in my lips and Botox done. I would admire her pillowy full lips and taut skin and wonder could I achieve that or should I just embrace my aging skin and throw in the towel?

I think often as women we have these internal conversations with ourselves and are quick to admire others and then cower in the corner when it comes to admiring ourselves. The famous line from Dirty Dancing prances into my mind shouting “Nobody puts Baby in the Corner!” when I think that way now. And with no Patrick Swayze around to coax me into the spotlight me, I’ve often had conversations with myself like this:

Why spend money on this when I’m not even going anywhere whereby looking good matters? Why start now, I made it this far? How much difference will it really make, just face it, your getting old, deal with it! Maybe if I was an exotic dancer or in the business of needing to look good would it be worth it but why do I need porn lips doing child protection? Colleagues and other professionals might judge me and take me less seriously if I look like I’m trying too hard?

Does any of this sound like a familiar conversation you’ve had with yourself?

Even when I read this or hear myself say these things out loud I actually become very uncomfortable and unfamiliar with this version of myself. You see; that’s the sound of poor self confidence and a woman putting too much power in the hands of others who’s opinions shouldn’t matter. I don’t even recognize her and here’s the reason why.

Ever since I listened to that authentic and genuine little voice in my head that said:

“What if you absolutely love it and you walk out with your head held high?”

” What if you get it done and see results that make you smile?”

These are the two questions that plunged me forward into a love affair with medical aesthetics and I’ve never looked back. Sometimes letting go of doubt and the negative self image can be scary especially when you are an over-thinker like me. Our subconscious can begin to work double time when it sees a new cowgirl roll into town, perched high on her horse, appropriately named CONFIDENCE!

*three fierce snaps*

“Poke Me Prod Me, But Don’t Touch the Hair”

Now the reason I brought up my early years with regards to my beauty practices is because I think they had a lot to do with what took me so long to get to this place of appreciation for myself. No longer do I carry the attitude of the “me vs. them”; we are all one in the same and having a career in which beauty is not relevant or a prerequisite. However it is relevant in every other aspect of my life as a mother, daughter, girlfriend, social worker, mentor and friend is the qualities that stem from my confidence and self love. The actions and impressions associated with one’s confidence can have positive lasting effects on those around you that can not only be rewarding for others to be around but give you a sense of purposefulness.

And I know I’m not alone in this as I took it upon myself to research what are the driving forces behind the popularity. I discovered that Revenues for minimally invasive aesthetic procedures are forecasted to grow about 10% to 15% a year in the United States. They rose nearly 200% from 2000 to 2010, and the market share for those procedures rose from 30% to almost 50%, the American Society of Plastic Surgery reports. That ratio is expected to rise to more than 70%. In another report, the global medical aesthetics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% from 2019 to reach $22.2 billion by 2025. The Canada Aesthetic Devices is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10 – 12 % during the forecast period ( 2020-2027) .

With these Growth Rates there is something to be said about what is driving these numbers and its not just my girlfriend Brittany and her gorgeous face. I will give her props for pushing me out of the dark ages but clearly she isn’t solely responsible for the increased interest. I looked further into the steady upswing in growth outside the linear world of the obvious aesthetically pleasing components and learned the following:

Medical aesthetic treatments provide greater benefits than just enhancing the physical appearance of the patients. Some of the treatments provide sense of improved self-esteem, leading to better psychological conditions of the patients. Treatments such as Botox can help to deal with the enormous sweating and migraines. When Botox is injected in the armpits of the patients it immediately paralyses the sweat glands, leading to lesser sweat released.

Similarly, dermal fillers are majorly used for filling the wrinkles lines on the patient’s face with a solution made of hyaluronic acid, but the same fillers are also used to smoothen and repair the skin that has been damaged by accidental scars or wounds. Thus, various health benefits associated with aesthetics procedures further drives the consumers to undergo these procedures for not just fulfilling the aesthetics needs but also as a solution for various other health issues.

There have been many technological innovations and advancements that are taking place in the medical aesthetics market. The latest advancements in the laser technology have led to its increased application in medical aesthetics. These advancements in laser provide benefits such as, small incisions, decrease in the intensity of pain and fast recovery after the procedure. There has been a notable increase in the application of laser technology for various cosmetic treatments such as hair removal, skin rejuvenation and body contouring. Transdermal focused ultrasound, monopolar RF, low level laser, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and cryolipolysis are some of the advancements in the laser technology that are used for many aesthetics treatments such as body contouring and fat reduction. Laser devices no longer come as a set of bulky and complicated machines to operate and have become more advanced with the introduction of small hand-held diode lasers. These technological advancements have made the cosmetic procedures to be more quick and impactful, which is further expected to support the demand of medical aesthetics products.

And lets not forget our Digital Millennials who are Creating a “Happy Marketplace” driven by a growing sense of wellness and self-care – particularly in younger consumers – interest in medical aesthetics treatments is at an all-time high, according to the results of a global study. These are your instagram influencers, beauty and lifestyle bloggers which are able to tap into markets that traditional commercial advertising can’t. Jeffrey Frentzen writes that demand stems from increased public acceptance of medical aesthetics and safer, more effective non-invasive treatments. The field has seen a rising adoption of procedures among men, as well as millennials and younger generations thanks in part to the Internet, television and social media influencers.

Demand for the older groups such as Gen-X and Baby Boomers continues to grow but at a slower rate. Adults under 45 are nearly twice as likely to consider aesthetic procedures compared with those over 45.

Here are some additional Growth Factors Worth Noting:

The rapidly aging population where age spots, wrinkles and the change of skin elasticity becomes more prominent

Increased demand among the male population

Technological advancements, including little recovery time for minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures

Growing FDA approval of medical aesthetic devises in the United States

Improved treatment results with decreased side-effects

Increased awareness among patients about the appropriate procedures available

Low-cost of certain procedures with arise in disposable income

So with that being said count me in as a life long consumer of the advancing word of medical aesthetics which will hold a place in my beauty regiment regularly. To be included as well I should note that the Noxema and St.Ives Apricot Scrub are a distant memory along with the hormonal acne of my adolescence. Those too have been replaced with an amazing and highly regarded skin care line called ZoSkinCare that provides a comprehensive approach to creating and maintaining healthy skin for anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, unique skin condition or skin type. From correcting sun damage + pigmentation to preventing new damage + protecting against future damage. Shop ZoSkinCare online or Available at Skin Possible Laser & Light Solutions.

If you are a resident of Calgary or planning on visiting I highly recommend Cosmetic Nurse Injector:

Angela Street(Angela@skinpossible.ca)

Address: 1800 194 Ave SE #2150, Calgary, AB T2X 0R3Hours

Closed ⋅ Opens 9 a.m. Wed

Phone(403) 719-6523

Shifting from Likeability to Connectability: Humanizing The Women Behind the Grind

Behind the Broad is Just a girl who still loves to do handstands and cannon balls at the pool

When I began my blog page I have to admit I thought that I’d get more interest from women looking for the opportunity to be celebrated and talked about with regards to their achievements, charities, organizations and businesses they were involved in. I’ve spent months canvassing friends asking them to submit with not much interest only to be left with the question to myself- What Gives?

Free publicity and adoration seems like a No-Brainer.

“Why Won’t You Let Me Love You.”

-Cece.D

Then it hit me, perhaps women aren’t seeing the deeper value in what they do? Can they not see what I see? Are they unable to allow themselves to be praised by a real person with real readers who put aside time to visit my site and read my banter religiously? Intention is everything in this world, and if its one thing, my Blog Content is never mindless or unoriginal- nor is my effort to spotlight you fierce mystical queens out there.

In the early months of TalezFromABroad, there were so many ideas I was developing and some were ditched along the way, but one remained important to me and that was to write a feature for every Friday. On this day, a Woman/Pronoun Preferred that was doing something amazing like being involved in community programming/activism or running their own business/empire would be featured. Not only was this an opportunity for free advertising and to get the word out- but to connect again as humans who were all feeling the isolation, not to mention an unhealthy relationship with E-Commerce and Amazon who have decimated small businesses. Guilty as charged.

In my heart I had envisioned creating a culture of Women who weren’t afraid to allow the world to look past the heavily filtered photos and carefully curated Lifestyle Image that appreciatively holds a place in marketing a brand or an idea. However, I felt there was a gap, whereby I lacked connection to the brands and women out there who were obviously killing it, yet I still was left only compelled on a pretty superficial level. To expand on this further, my goal was to not undermine the important aspects of all the incredible determination that goes behind the manifestations of something successful, but to build onto the integrity of it.

It’s an aspect that I feel gets forgotten along the way when women like myself come across other women doing profoundly powerful things with their lives, then somewhere along the lines the value of their work goes unseen. You see there is a largely growing group of female entrepreneurs and go-getters out there that have had to pull-off other women’s wigs to get to where their at now. It is a dog-eat-dog world out there, and us felines are just as hungry for a piece of the pie. And while money is a primary motivator for many of us, so is the thirst for some gratitude and shine.

My Sacred Friday Fire Ritual-Rude to not bring an Offering

For those that are mothers perhaps can relate all too well with the feeling of being the underpaid employee who never seems to get a pay raise, yet the work gets harder and responsibilities just get longer. You know the ones who work 12 hour shifts, come home, pick up everyone’s shit make the bed, do laundry, work out…you know handling their BIZNASS.  Or perhaps, the fierce new graduate who spends endless extra hours at a new company and gets passed over for a position she likely deserves for the “Broskie: who has a better understanding of craft beers and beard oils. What about the woman who left her career to have children and raise them, then is all of a sudden is facing a divorce with no recent work experience or updated training and is now having to climb the corporate ladder from the bottom rather than starting where she left off. There are stories of triumph behind all of these because all of these are real life examples of women doing amazing things every day in our communities in the shadows without getting the clout they deserve.

Maybe us ladies need to unionize? However in my humble opinion hasn’t gotten me farther ahead in the world of Social Work that’s for sure. Clearly the Public Servant Career Path is exactly what it says in the name…SERVANT.  What I have learned from being a servant to the public at large is the ability to use these interactions in a way that helps me find my shine. Part of my role when faced with difficult and complex cases is to find the areas of resilience and strength even when it seems like there is none within the darkest of moments. These are not always shared with them in those exact moment as you can imagine being the “Bright Side Betty” could catch you a throat punch real quick in my world. However, when practicing this on a regular basis, it becomes second nature to silence the voices of weakness and turn the volume up what keeps us putting one foot forward each day. This is what makes me tick, and I just know it does for others! Connecting women to stories of resilience backed by tangible evidence that supports the idea that there are more women out there where their success has come as easy as their Social Media Feed may portray.

So perhaps with further insight into my hopes, I’m going forward with my hopes to Feature more Women on my Feature Friday’s.

If you are interested and want more details click LETS CELEBRATE YOU

For More Articles like this by me:

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The Power of a Woman Pack

A Series of Acts Towards Self-Sufficiency: Playing Hard to Get with Society

Talez From A Broad Feature Friday With Cherie White-Author and Anti Bullying Advocate

I have to say when I posted the article Shifting from Likeability to Connectability: Humanizing the Women Behind the Grind I was blown away at how brave Cherie was to be willing to entrust her insights with a complete stranger. Cherie is the real MVP here this week as I am honored to feature her on this weeks Feature Friday, because Anti-Bullying advocates are so incredibly necessary in helping interrupt and shine some light and attention on a growing epidemic of cruelty.

According To Public Safety Canada did you know that:

  • 47% of Canadian parents have at least one child that has been a victim of bullying
  • Around one-third of the population has experienced bullying as a child.
  • Around one-third of teenagers have been bullied recently
  • And 40% or nearly half of Canadians are bullied in the workplace every week.

The Canadian red Cross pointed out TRENDS IN BULLYING AND HARASSMENT

  • Since 2002, fighting behaviour has increased, especially in grades six to eight. As many as 18 per cent of boys and 8 per cent of girls report having been in four or more fights in the past year.13
  • Boys are more likely to experience direct forms of bullying (physical aggression) while girls experience more indirect forms of bullying including cyberbullying.14
  • Sexual harassment is higher for boys in grades six and seven, but higher for girls in grades nine and ten.15

So with no further delay lets all give Cherie White the mic!

Q: Tell me about the organization you are a part of? How did you contribute within your area of responsibility and take initiative to improve things around you with your brand of individuality?

A: I’m a published author and anti-bullying advocate. Because I was severely bullied in school, from 6th grade until I finally switched schools in the twelfth grade, I begin speaking out against bullying in 2014, by creating a Facebook group entitled “The American Alliance for Bullied Children and Teens.” My goal is to make it a 501c3 organization. I also have a blog “Chateau Cherie” in which I give advice about bullying based on lessons I learned by trial and error.

To date, I have written and published four books: One memoir and three fictions, all of which deals with the issue of bullying.

Q: What fueled the desire to get into taking on this role(s)?

A: The bullying I suffered in the past- I wanted to use what I went through to reach out to those who endure bullying today.

Q: How did it it grow your own sense of purpose and in what ways? Have others followed your passion as a result of your passion and skill?

It made me more determined to teach others why people bully, the mindsets of bullies, the forces that perpetuate bullying, and how they can overcome it.

Q:What challenges did you face and continue to face in your field? How did you overcome it?

A: I faced many challenges- naysayers, the ability to get it off the ground, and funding.

Q: Who are your biggest allies (supporters), and what can people do more of to support women in your field of experience?

A: My husband, many friends, and several of my readers and fellow bloggers support me.

Q: How do you define your power?

A: My superpowers is taking the adversity I’ve suffered in my life and turning it into fiction, and learning more about the dark side of human nature and the human predator/prey dynamic (bullying and abuse).

Q: How do people contact you if they want to learn more about you and your story? (Include your business social media accounts)

A: Through my blog:

https://cheriewhite.blog/

My author website:

Email:

CherieWhite69@gmail.com

And Social Media

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherie-white-041123127/

Thank You Cherie for Allowing Me to Feature You on Talez From A Broad! Make Sure you all Let Cherie Know in the comments section about the wonderful work she is doing and check out her author webpage/links.

To my readers, if you think you are the next Feature Friday candidate post in the comments section and send me an Email and I’ll send you the questionnaire!

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