I’m here to ask and advocate that you all speak and share your truths. It would seem only fair then, that I offer up my own slice of vulnerability as a gesture of good faith.
My name is Camille Elise Catherine. I’m an 80s baby and I think Christmas is the best holiday, no contest. I am loud, too loud for some. Especially my laugh. It’s a honking laugh – one full of all the joy of Julia Roberts in that famous Pretty Woman scene, but probably way less grace. My laugh reminds me of my Mum. Her laugh was one of her best qualities. Despite the laughter that I try to remember her by, she has left a seemingly insurmountable mark of tragedy on my life. She took her life 39 days after her 40th birthday and 175 days before my 19th birthday. To know me is to know about these big, sometimes dark contributors to who I am. And it’s important to me that you know me. I have her stubbornness – her never-back-down grind, her emotions, and her moods. I have my Dad’s green eyes and his incredible work ethic. It seems that I hate being late more than I hate sitting in my car for 20 minutes ahead of any and all appointments or meetings. Tofino is my favourite place on earth. I share my feelings, always – you’re welcome (and I’m sorry). I refuse to let anything be left unsaid. Sometimes this is an asset, sometimes it’s definitely more of a liability. I’ll always do my best to make sure that you know exactly what you mean to me. I’ll also try my best to be brave enough to call you on your bullshit. Respectfully. I hope in turn that you’ll be brave enough to call me on mine. I think hot drinks are better than cold drinks – that a chai latte with an espresso shot is a spicy, caffeinated gift of joy. I love Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice equally. I’m my most authentic self when I’m exercising my resilience. I’ve learned that the peaks at the top of the most impossibly gigantic hills are where the best stuff lives, and I like to visit that stuff as often as I can. Now you know at least a little bit about me. I can’t wait to get to know all of you.