This month I finished working at the University of Westminster in London, UK, where I’ve been for 11 years, and am now starting a new job at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, where I’ve barely ever been before. (See the earlier blog post, ‘Hello Canada‘, for more information about the decision to take this opportunity).
My first time in Canada was the job interview for my new job in Canada. But anything you look up on the internet says that Canada in general, and Toronto in particular, is the epitome of caring, inclusive, diverse human community and cooperation. If the internet is lying to us, which happens sometimes, apparently, it had better not be now.
Moving countries, especially with a partner and children, is easier said than done, but we are hopeful – ha! – that it will all be worth it.
It’s exciting to start afresh in a new city – and Toronto has a multitude of creative and cultural things to engage with. Moving to a place where I don’t have networks and/or tacit cultural knowledge to build upon may be a ‘challenge’. But I’ll give it a go.
If you’re in Toronto, or not too far from Toronto, and you like my kind of things, do get in touch.
What are my kinds of things? They are things like:
→ Finding ways to support people’s creative processes, and to support communities of makers
→ Building ways to unlock creativity in individuals, communities and groups
→ Developing and supporting initiatives to bring these opportunities to women and diverse minorities
→ Encouraging people and organisations to understand the importance of creativity for human well-being and dignity
→ Exploring and developing ways that universities can make a difference
If you’d like to be part of my mission to see more of this in Toronto, and Canada, and the world, then do let me know.