This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!

To organizations that are volunteer-run, and those who work hard to play hard

As per my 2016 challenge, I indulged in a lot of play the past couple of days. However, I did do work, and hard work deserves rewards sometimes in my opinion.

As part of my duties as Director of Communications on the Vancouver Short Film Festival Board, I mentored the Marketing team this last year in preparation for the festival that passed this weekend. Our Social Media volunteer was unable to come to the festival on Friday, and asked me to step in to help post in real-time. So I spent a good time on Instagram and although I was “working,” you can’t post during the movies, so I was able to really celebrate our work in between snapping photos of the theatre and filmmakers.

Our Founder Brian, along with myself and other cohorts at UBC, started the VSFF over 10 years ago and it’s so awesome to see it growing. Bonus is that I learned that the Director of our winning short film, Lawrence Le Lam (for The Blue Jet) also directed Not Business As Usual, and I got to meet Colin Easton of The Stranger Project, who is connected with Say Hi to a Stranger and the subject of (also award-winning) Not a Stranger, which screened at the festival. Vancouver is SO small!

One of my advisors last week gave me a challenge to do yesterday and I am proud to say that I accomplished it! He asked me to give myself a reward, so I went for ice cream at Rain or Shine.

What’s your method of play, and reward for hard work? If you can even choose a worthy non-profit organization or charity that aligns with your sense of PLAY, even better. Work hard, play hard.

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