This week @HBKidsHospital reception, I found #inspiration! I spotted a young girl in her wheelchair, swiping fast and furious on her smartphone.
So I sidled over, “Are there any #Pokemons here?” She grinned, “Nope!” I showed her my screenshots of the Pokemons caught at @hudsonsbay the day before and said, “Look, they got me another 20% off!” We introduced ourselves and laughed!
I was meeting the CEO and Ms M was checking into her Youth@Work, an incredible program for high school students, age 15 through 20, (she’s 16) with #disabilities the opportunity to learn practical work skills through #coaching and short term placements. #jobskillsforyouth
In thoughtful detail as an event planner for a charity, she described how she was planning a fundraising dinner for 20 for her placement. The menu was difficult for her so we did a bit of #brainstorming.
“How about food reflecting her colour theme – green and white?” Ms M lit up! “Marshmallows! S’mores with shortbread cookies! Ice cream sandwiches with dairy-free gelato – vanilla, pistachio AND donated by my gelato-producing clients! #DoingGood Chicken, mushroom and white wine sauce, kale almond salad, spinach” We were on a roll. #SomethingGood
She suddenly stopped, “Oh, I have to get permission.” I said, “Of course.”
Did she know the word for what just happened? “Advocacy?” she hinted. Impressive! “How does #brainstorming and #networking sound?” She nodded happily.
I jotted a few notes on my business card, handed it to her, and suggested she pass along to the Program. Will they call? Let’s see.
The CEO thought it was #karma !