MIA Q&A – Janine Stowe

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MIA Q&A – Janine Stowe

Janine Stowe is the Design Manager for the #MakeItAwkward Summit. She creates visual representations of the team’s’ thoughts.

What made you want to get involved with #MakeItAwkward?
I was tricked. I thought I was just making a poster—just kidding! My role has grown as the #MakeItAwkward Summit began to snowball and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it. It’s a fun, creative opportunity to work with a stellar team and feel like I’m a part of creating positive change.

What have you learned from the experience so far?
So, so, so many things! At any given moment I feel absolutely ignorant and conversely enlightened through my work with #MakeItAwkward. I’m growing every day!

What do you do for work outside of your role with #MakeItAwkward?
I work full-time in the communications department at Elk Island Public Schools, have a freelance design business and have done work in wardrobe styling.

What are three fun facts about yourself?
• I’m originally from Newfoundland and Labrador—and have actually lived on both the island and the mainland
• I have done wardrobe styling for a feature film
• A lot of people think I look like Lady Gaga

If you could give people one piece of advice on how they can #MakeItAwkward in their daily lives, what would it be?
Saying the wrong thing can be, well, awkward—but it’s also an opportunity for growth. Through my experience with #MakeItAwkward I have definitely become more aware of my thoughts and interactions, but the bottom line is I still mess up from time to time and I say something inappropriate or am ignorant to sensitivities. Sometimes a friend calls me out on it or I internally question my behaviour, and while I would prefer to never be in this situation, I use it as a learning opportunity to change my behaviour and apologize or make amends if the situation allows.