This past weekend (December 1-2) I flew from Alberta to Toronto because I was cast in a show for the CBC. The show has to do with disabilities/differences and the questions that we get asked on the daily.
It was such an amazing experience. I landed in Toronto around 2 PM local time, jumped in a cab at the airport and arrived at the hotel about 45 minutes later. I went for a walk around the area and found a Harvey’s! If you’re Canadian, you know that Harvey’s makes the best burgers in the world! It had been a long day, as I was up at 5 AM and at the airport in Calgary by 6:30, so I just decided to relax at the hotel on Saturday night.
On Sunday, I grabbed a cab to the studio where they were doing the filming. I was paired up with the loveliest lady named Penny who is now a new, great friend of mine. She has a facial difference as well and it was so amazing to work with her. It was like we had known each other for years. I don’t connect with people very often, but she and I chatted like we were old friends. We sat at Starbucks for about an hour after we left the studio, and then I met up with the surgeon who did my “smile surgery” 20+ years ago. He gave me a tour of the SickKids hospital and it brought some flashbacks from when I was 5 years old and having surgery there.
I then jumped in a cab back to Pearson (the airport in Toronto) and flew back to Calgary later on Sunday evening.
It was a whirlwind trip, but such an amazing experience and a great platform to share my story, and to be a voice for those with differences. Watch for the show to air next September!
Sunset at Pearson Airport.