Meet the Publican: Janet

This week on the yellow couch: Janet. Before we say farewell to Janet as she heads back to Queen’s University, we wanted to share some fun facts about her!

1. What social impact issue means a lot to you? 

Questions in my head ponder about what is going to happen to Canada’s healthcare system in 10 years? We are in the midst of a silver tsunami, of an aging Canadian population.

Issues of quality, timeliness and the universality of Canada’s healthcare system is the issue that is so near and dear to my heart since it speaks so much to not only our Canadian identity, but to ensure that our health is taken care of on the basis of need.

2. Where’s your favourite meal?

Nothing says fancy and delicious than… Fettuccine with tomato and basil, and bocconcini. It brings be back to my days on exchange in Roma. Buon appetito!

3. What’s something weird about you?

I’m not weird, I’m unique, different, and interesting. I’m an arty in my mind. From day to day, my doses of weirdness come about from either  thinking about writing or a monologue about a “dramatic” moment that recently happened onto my phone, cranking up music and doing spontaneous choreography in front of my bathroom mirror, or silently jamming to another song that gets stuck in my head.

4. What are you reading right now?

The novel I am currently reading: Good News about Injustice. It is an inspiring real life memoirs of a person growing up in a suburban city in America who uses his occupation as a lawyer to “do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow”.

He describes his work in investigating the atrocities of abusive soldiers and police in the philippines for the Lawyers Committee of the Human rights, and being a witness and voice for the oppressed as a Director of the UN genocide investigation in Rwanda. It’s a powerful story that asks us the question: Do we dare to step out of our comfort zones to be of help to the broken?

It is a beautiful story of finding hope in places of brokenness in the world, and this has been my read during my TTC rides to and from work!

5. What Harry Potter house would you be placed in?

I have to tell you a secret. I haven’t read Harry Potter…yet. But after reading the descriptions according to Google, I think I would belong most kn According to the Harry Potter Wiki, it states that: Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play. I am a believer in work hard to create results! I put my hard and soul into the work I do — especially when I am passionate to it. I have a mind of curiosity, and I let it wander when I dabble into it by researching the questions I have in my head. I also value patience, loyalty, and fair play as well – these are qualities that build great relationships, and I cannot wait to learn more about these interesting Publicans this summer!


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