Meet Maren

Well hello! I’m Maren, I’ve just been brought onboard as the project officer for a really new and out-of-the-box project. It’s been exactly 4 weeks since my first day, and I had an idea to document the project as I go to not only talk about the project but demonstrate it as well. Hmm that sounds vague. I’m trying to be mysterious to drum up excitement, I’m not sure it’s working.

I’m just going to talk about myself for like, 5 minutes, okay?

If you meet me, the first thing you’re going to ask me is “Where are you from, you sound different” –  I do sound different! I have an American accent. Yes, it does sound Canadian, mostly because I’m from the Pacific North West where it rains constantly and there are lots of trees and forest fires and hippies and farmers. Those are my roots.

I live in Northam with two kids and an Aussie husband – we met on the internet, it’s a great story for another day. We’ve been here since 2013, and I love living here. I ran for council once and met a bunch of amazing people who care about this town and are passionate about what can make it better. That’s an amazing attitude. I have a passion for connecting with people, perhaps because I’m a foreigner and have this sense of constantly being out of place therefore I’m constantly searching for my place.

I also have a degree in digital arts, which was a really new program at the school I went to so there wasn’t much structure, and I was really scared to be part of the Arts School which I didn’t identify with at all. The program included Javascript and C++ and using projectors as an art medium, but also typography and video editing and sound manipulation. It was like “How to use technology in a way that it wasn’t meant to be used”. It was a little artsy fartsy, it was also really practical. I learned how creativity is a building block and should be accessible to everyone, not just elite galleries and for people who are “so creative” (hear that in an airy pommy voice).

Fast forward to 2020 and I get my degree in project management. Project management is all about How to Be Organised. I really like being organised, but if you come visit my house, this will surprise you. Work life = neat and tidy. Home life = chaos. This is one example of why some people have said that have many different personalities.

Fast forward to 2021 and I find out about this project that’s about to start. It needs a project manager (oh hey! Me!). It involves small Wheatbelt towns (awesome, yes please!). It’s about Community (Yes yes YES). It’s about making art accessible (OMgoMGomgOMG). It’s about wanting connection, maybe feeling different or separate from the mainstream, learning a new skill, learning technology, and bringing people together (you already had me at Wheatbelt, let’s go already!).

So… Now that you know my background… and now that you’ve got a sneak peak at what I’m working on… Are you a little bit curious? Like, DO you want to Know what THIS IS???


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