For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I’m Emily Gilmour. I was hired to coordinate the community garden project at the Bungalow this summer, so you’ll be seeing a lot of me in the coming months. This will be the first of many blog posts, as I hope to keep everyone in the community updated on all of the wonderful things that are happening in our beautiful little garden.
First, a bit about me. I was born and raised in Elora, but my family left Canada in 2005 and moved to the U.S., so I attended high school in Jackson, TN (but that’s a whole other blog post...). When I graduated in 2009, I moved to Montreal and I’ve been living there ever since. My family is still a bit spread out, with my sister now in Portland, OR., and my parents back in the Guelph area - but we’re used to long-distance and we’re loving each other through it. I have an amazing partner, who has been my greatest supporter and my best friend for five happy years, and we recently adopted a springer spaniel named Oreo who brings unending joy into both of our lives.
I’m currently a sociology and sustainability studies student at Concordia University, and am absolutely thrilled to have found a job that is so closely related to my field. Outside of school, I spend a lot of my time participating in the local co-operative movement. I’ve been living in a housing co-op for 4 years and just ended a tenure as a member of the board of directors. Cooperative living has taught me the importance of engaging with my community, the value of constructive debate, and democratic decision-making. Especially in the middle of a large city, feeling empowered to make decisions about one’s housing can have a profound effect, and so can having meaningful relationships with your neighbours - not always an easy task in this kind of setting.
I’m also a founding member and board member of a small student-run solidarity co-op called Les Brasseurs Illuminés, which focuses on teaching sustainable, small-scale, ‘DIY’ beer brewing practices to people who are looking for an alternative to corporate breweries. We’ve also teamed up with a local micro-brewery to do larger batches which can be found on tap in a couple of Montreal bars.
So building community is a central part of my life, and I am overjoyed to be back in my hometown, and back in touch with the community that raised me. Perhaps even more importantly, I am so incredibly excited and inspired to be a part of the Bungalow 55 family, and I am very much looking forward to collaborating with all of you!! More information on the vision for the garden will follow soon in the next blog post.
If you have comments, questions, or suggestions about the garden project, please do not hesitate to contact me! You can find me on facebook, or get in touch via email : firstname.lastname@example.org.