My Five Ring Circus
Let’s face it: for many people, the world stops for that period of time when the Olympics are on. There is nothing that quite matches the pomp, circumstance and drama that defines the competition. As a sport PA announcer, Pj has worked at six Olympic Games since 2002 and is slated to be at the next two. It is a unique experience to say the least, where people from all over the world have to greet, meet and get cracking almost immediately to put on the world’s biggest event. There is pressure and lots of work to be sure but what isn’t generally known is that it’s also a fun ‘family reunion’ with many of the same people going from Games to Games. This talk takes the audience inside to see what’s really going on at the level of the ordinary working person at an extraordinary event.
Skating Stories – The Canadian Ice Legacy
As part of the CBC Sports’ team covering figure skating since 2006, a coach since the 1980s and a skater before that, Pj is a permanent fixture on the figure skating scene. In this presentation, this sport insider presents a first-hand account of many of the sport’s biggest stories and stars. From Olympic champions Barbara Ann Scott and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Olympic medallists Elvis Stojko, Joannie Rochette and Patrick Chan, she knows them all. 2002 co-Olympic champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier changed the course of figure skating history from the ice while Pj was watching from the rink side PA position in Salt Lake City.
Cancer Can be Beaten – But Not Before it Beats You (Up) First
For the power that it holds over many people, C-A-N-C-E-R should be a four and not a six letter word. In this very personal and powerful presentation, Pj shares the 20+ year journey that she took with her mother Grace Elliott through her mother’s 7 bouts of primary cancer. In typical mother and daughter fashion, there were many laughs along the way often provided by the absurdity that can be found in medical care. Optimistic and hopeful, this presentation will leave the audience thinking about their own life choices and possibilities.
Adventures in Social Media
As an early adopter of social media, Pj has been able to create an in-demand popular presence across various platforms including CBC Sports’ web pages for figure skating, her own blog, a podcast, on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and on Facebook. Pj translates her innate appreciation of creating and sustaining a positive brand online into manageable and understandable steps. Learning how to communicate in the 21st century is definitely more about the journey than the destination. Pj’s approach is practical, candid and humour-filled and proves that this old dog can absolutely learn new tricks.