Inspiring people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle

By: Autumn Ladouceur

 

Every week, Emerge Magazine will feature the experiences, stories and lessons learned from our writers as they work to complete their internships at media outlets across Toronto, the GTA and abroad.

 

Internships can be stressful. You don’t get paid a lot, okay, and a lot of the work you end up doing is bitch work. Despite all this, the internship process lets you experience things that you can’t learn from books, in an environment that invites mistakes to be made, and growth to be had.

I’m interning at the Toronto Vegetarian Association, an organization whose mission, “Inspiring people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle.” I agree with and am passionate about it. As a vegan, I find my work very enjoyable.

No matter what I’m doing, I’m interested and engaged because I’m working with information that I relate to. Although writing and reading recipes and articles about vegetarian food all day means I’m always hungry.

Not only do I get to learn about the ins and outs of a non-profit organization, but also I communicate for them through newsletters, press releases and even doing interviews.

This term, I got to do two really fun interviews. The first was an interview I did with Plaid Magazine, about the Toronto Vegetarian Association, and the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle (http://plaidmag.com/2012/01/embracing-vegetarianism/). It was empowering being able to speak on behalf of an organization that I respect so much. It’s really great to be seen and heard as a professional and an expert for the first time.

The other was an interview my coworkers and I did with the Weather network, while having a vegan potluck. They asked me about my experiences in the vegetarian community and how my lifestyle affects me as a person, something I don’t usually get the opportunity to express.

But the most important thing about my internship is that I believe in the work that I’m doing. It both inspires and fulfills me. I hope that moving into the future; I can find a job that does the same.

 

 

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  1. Stephanie Butler says:

    Autumn, you’re wonderful.

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