... to a gracious and visionary woman at a lively luncheon of business, government and civic leaders in Edmonton, Canada. I was there to speak on place branding. The power of place to fracture a community or bring it together was clearly something she has thought about.
Linda Cook has a vision of how librarians in communities, schools and businesses can be the glue that brings diverse people together. As a shy child my mother's weekly jaunts to the library with me were the highlight of my week - and where I first started talking to people - about books. Linda’s not only Edmonton’s head librarian, she’s this year’s president of the Canadian Library Association – a lively, passionate group.
One thing led to another.
Now, I am so excited to be giving the closing keynote at the Canadian Library Association this May in a town I’ve always wanted to visit. St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador – the oldest city in Canada. Like Sausalito where I live, St. John’s has kept its historic buildings and is on a bay. St. John’s harbor is made of granite. Ever since we made relief maps in grade school of the Canadian Provinces I’ve wanted to see it. As in Sausalito, even one of the homeless people is well-remembered, notes columnist Pam Frampton.
Opening the conference is the prominent work/life balance expert, Dr. Linda Duxbury. She’s researched, “everything from the reasons each demographic group is the way it is, from those born during WWII to those who grew up during the freedom of the '60's and even the affects of growing up in the shadow of recession, downsizing and the threat of terrorism and violence.”
This topic is especially interesting to me as the co-founder of SavvyHer a brand new online network for boomer women. Each month people can win over $1,000 in gifts when one of their tips is voted among the ten most popular by SavvyHer members.