Posts Tagged ‘Lynn Manwar’
Lynn’s Comments: It’s been about 3 months since I have written a blog post. I left for India on July 31st, 2013 and traveled for 28 days in that wonderful country. I went from Kochi, to Guajarat to Delhi and Leh, Ladakh. I attended a Past Life Regression Conference and traveled up the mountains to 18, 000 ft above ground. I had an amazing time with Sumita in Ladakh,exploring Buddhist monasteries and seeing another part of India, which felt like I was in a completely different country.
Upon my return to Toronto in September 2013, I was busy with my return to work and several appointments that kept me busy. The month of September just flew by, I had some friends visit on September 29th at home, and they brought me a Diva Martini glass with goodies and a self care package of soaps and creams, and a great prayer book of Jewish prayers.
My excitement for early October 2013 was having my Living Room Makeover completed courtesy of Scotties Tissues and it go to air on ET Canada on Global Television on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 nationally across Canada. We watched my proud moment with my mother in the hospital in the TV Room at East General Hospital.
My mother got out of the hospital the next day and the day after on Thursday, October 10th, 2013, I awoke and unexpectedly 911 was called and I ended up in the hospital for an emergency. Life changed for me dramatically on Friday, October 11th, 2013, when I was informed I would need brain surgery the following week. I was very fortunate to have many visitors prior to surgery on Thanksgiving weekend and for those who came and prayed with me. All your gifts were greatly appreciated and touched my soul.
As I reflect upon Fall 2013, I stand in awe and gratitude that I successfully completed brain surgery 2 weeks ago and I am recovering well. I have a large scar on the my head and will take some time to balance myself out and get used to doing the things, I did effortlessly before. However, through God’s grace and my strong will, my life’s journey shall continue. During surgery, I had a blissful moment, where I crossed to some nice white serene place and was at complete ease.
I learned many years ago, to live life fully and live each day as if it were your last. I thank God that I have enjoyed life much so far. I look forward to more good times ahead. In the next few months, I will be spending quiet time in reflection, prayer and embracing me fully. I am divine light and I bow down to the divine light in you! Namaste!
Lynn’s Comments: I first heard about World Women Global Council last month and was kindly invited by Sanjukta Das to participate and speak. Little did I know at the time, I accepted, but it was also an opportunity for myself to be recognized and receive a Women’s Hero Award for International Women’s Day. I have always enjoy getting out into the community, engaging with others and speaking to an audience.
Celebrating Womanhood and the launch of World Women Global Council was held on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 from 5pm-8pm at the Art of Living Centre in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada. It was an excellent evening with the MP, Brad Butt of Streetsville, Mississauga as the lead speaker. Women Hero’s honored included:
We also got to hear Debra Eklove, President of the Art of Living Foundation Canada speak which was extremely enlightening. Overall, it was a great celebration, moving, educational and inspiring! Being a woman is wonderful and I had the chance to speak about some of the women who helped me on my journey back to recovery in 2012. I am extremely grateful for all the women who touched my life, as I made it because of them!
Lynn’s Comments: It was 6 years ago that I was part of the team at Pride Toronto as the Volunteer Development Lead and was responsible for recruiting and coordinating 600 plus volunteers. The organization had a good number of volunteers already in their database, but it was important for me to reconnect with everyone and recruit new volunteers to make the event a success for their 25th anniversary in 2005. I was able to connect to the community even though I did not identify as “queer” myself and everyone welcomed me with open arms.
It was with great happiness that I was able to attend Pride 2011, 6 years later as a public attendee and observe the festival from a different perspective. Pride weekend brings such wealth, joy, and celebration to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I commend those who got this initiative started. When you start something big, and then it takes a life of it’s own, you have accomplished your goal. Pride Toronto certainly has made it’s mark in lives of a million plus people each year.
Lynn’s Comments: It was on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 that I was invited to the Green Carpet Gala, an International Indian Film Awards Buzz event held at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. It was a night full of music, drink, dance and fine entertainment, buzzing with local celebrities. Overall, I would say about 1000 people showed up and it got to be a busy night. I met old friends and made new ones. I had a great time dancing and had wonderful company. Thanks to Dinesh Sachdev of FILMI for the invitation and thanks to Ravi for taking me there.
Lynn’s Comments: At the end of February 2011 I decided to register as a delegate for Hot Docs Film Festival to learn more about the industry. This year’s festival was held from April 28th to May 8th, 2011. I was able to watch many documentaries that touched, moved and disturbed me. I love the storytelling and reality that documentaries bring to the world. Some docs that really opened up my eyes included: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, <The Pirate Tapes, Being Elmo, Kumare, The Bengali Detective, My Barefoot Friend, and The Redemption of General Butt Naked.
The networking at this event was phenomenal with contacts from all around the world. I attended both Opening and Closing Night parties and met some great people, had lots of food and drink.
I had my first pitch session of my doc to TVO, even though I do not have experience in making a film. It was a good learning curve. I need to build my team and have a strong producer to go back to a broadcaster to support my project.
Lynn’s Comments: I was able to participate in Amazing Woman’s Day at the Ritz Carlton in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 as a volunteer for the day. It was a day bringing together dynamic leaders, entrepreneurs, and feminine mentors that connects, transforms and celebrates! Here is a great highlight from Extraordinary Woman TV:
With leaders such as Jennifer Hough of the Vital You and Joanna Andros of Courageous Living, in attendance, it was definitely a day to remember.
Lynn’s Comments: I attended the Press Conference for the 11th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival at Canada Square Theatre at 2200 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 15th, 2011.
The five day festival is about diverse film making and screens animation, documentaries, features, music videos and shorts.
I worked for this festival in 2006 as the Volunteer Coordinator and I am so happy to stay connected to this festival. Founded by actress Tonya Lee Williams, this festival has launched the careers of many aspiring diverse filmmakers
Anokhi’s 5th Annual Gala was held on Friday, February 4th, 2011 at the prestigious Liberty Grand entertainment complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is an annual event that honours a roster of international talented South Asians from business, entertainment, fashion and media. There was a 2 hour awards and entertainment show, accompanied by a 4 course dinner and followed by an exclusive VIP afterparty.
It was an inspirational and heart warming evening that celebrated the success of Raj Girn, Anokhi and talented individuals from across the Globe. I had the good fortune of having Jenna Kash of JK Lifestyle, as my company for the evening. We had the opportunity to meet both international and local celebrities. I had a great night and look forward to Anokhi’s Gala next year!
Lynn’s Comments: I had the good fortune of getting an invitation from Tushar Unadkat to attend the Press Conference of IIFA (International Indian Film Awards) held at the Royal York Hotel in January 2011.
We initially went to the Press Conference scheduled for Tuesday, January 18th to the Royal York Hotel, only to find out it had been rescheduled to the next day, due to the funeral of a fallen local policeman. On Wednesday, January 19th, 2011, we went early, got our seats and listened attentively to the speakers including Anil Kapoor and Preity Zinta. There was definitely a frenzy in the air with these Bollywood stars in attendance.
Luckily, I was able to find out when the tickets where going on sale for the actual IIFA show and set aside time in my week, to purchase tickets.