the first thing you'll notice about our new favourite Uncle Al ?! her EYES. plugged in, turned-ON, this one is HERE TO HEAR. + whether you've known her 5 minutes or 5 years she makes you feel SEEN + heard. her nominator described her as strong, passionate + C O N N E C T E D + we’re feeling it.
her days are spent being the president + co-founder of PINK FLAMINGO a black-led advocacy organization that uplifts the QTBIPOC community in our city through the creation of inclusive, inspiring events, workshops + numerous education 'some dazzle + ALOT razzle'. we DIG it. Allison specializes in anti-racism training, community out-reach + is a master of the digital sphere.
HOW CAN PEOPLE BEST SUPPORT + ENGAGE WITH YOU/ THE WORK THAT YOU DO?
A: we accept donations, sponsorship + investments always! our work is expensive. also the love that has poured in has given us new life + strength + determination to make sure our community feels loved + supported by us. I love Instagram the most for little messages + love notes + jokes, email us with all the cash. do it. do it now. firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT ARE THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE OUR CITY?
A: divided. tense. under-utilized.
IF YOU COULD PAINT A VISION FOR CALGARY'S FUTURE, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
A: we literally are doing exactly this, + its full of colour, Black joy, love, anti-racism + resilience.
WHAT'S YOUR FAV LOCAL BUSINESS + WHY?
A: Lukes Drug Mart. it feels like my second home, I feel welcome there + the selection is deliberate, special + loving.
WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THE PAST 10 YEARS OF GROWTH, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST TRIUMPH, CHALLENGE OR PROOF RESILIENCY?
A: coming out as a lesbian was the greatest triumph + challenge + proof of resiliency! my long time friends + family (that stuck around) have seen me become a purpose-driven, supportive + well-rounded person. I was deeply disturbed + miserable before + now I feel stronger, more capable + driven.
WHAT UNCLE AL IS LISTENING TO ?!
here's some selects from her current favourite albums.
WHAT'S AL WEARING ?!
we worked with Allison to bring a custom P+L creation to life. our signature raglan vintage sweatshirt in VINTAGE BLACK. Allison chose the HEART+EYE icon because "the eye in the heart makes me feel like I'm following my heart when I see the world around me, which is in a word, integrity. that is very important to me."
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