Elections are coming up soon! Watch your email for a survey link. Voting will be open from Thursday, May 20, 2021, to Thursday, June 3, 2021. Meet the candidates for President, Vice President, and Sew-ins and Workshops Coordinator below!
Candidate for President: Johanna Persohn
Hi everyone! I’m Johanna, (Instagram knows me as @yellowdoormakes) I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, taught by my mom mainly (she sewed a lot of our clothes!), and I'm excited to hopefully continue to be part of the Guild! I love how it has grown to share our joy of garment sewing with so many!
While my life is pretty busy and this last year has been an interesting one on many fronts, I always look forward to guild things. It’s a great opportunity to carve out some time for just me, even though I love spending all day every day with my two boys (8 and 11) and my husband, the guild is a great outlet! I have also chaired a committee for my local community association (in heritage conservation, one of my other passions is old buildings) for a number of years and having been a team manager in my work life, so I think/hope I’m pretty ok taking a leadership role and am ready and excited to do so!
Thanks and I look forward to what the next year brings and continuing to see all your fabulous faces!
Candidate for Vice-President: Claire Kerry
I’m Claire Kerry aka @Brit_Can_Sew on instagram.
The Garment Guild has played a big part in enhancing my sewing hobby, I have expanded my social circles, and my sewing skills have vastly improved over the past four years. I’m a particular fan of the #OGGPOM, loving that it pushes you out of your comfort zone, encouraging more varied projects to undertake.
I thoroughly have enjoyed being part of the Garment Guild board, over the past two years, contributing to ideas and working through the issues that the pandemic year has brought to the Guild. I’m running for the position of Vice President, as I would like to continue as a member on board, building up on previous experience on this board and other boards, I am School Council secretary at my kids school, and have been on boards at both my kids nursery schools.
Some of the ideas I have for programming would be to maximize the opportunities whilst still on zoom for speakers from outside of Ottawa, introduce a Member spotlight - learn more about members and their sewing experiences, tips/tricks and their sewing spaces! Include practical sessions - measurements, sketching, pattern adjustments, pattern hacking.
I’d also be keen to help the Guild build on the virtual aspect of the meeting to be able to appeal to those who would like to continue to access meetings virtually. And develop the member idea of a Tool Library
As I’ve mentioned before I LOVE #OGGPOM so will happily spend time researching pattern ideas etc on Instagram/Pinterest!
Hopefully you feel my skills and passion match the requirements for the role of VP for the 2021/22 season. Thanks :)