June’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Ann Gish, Chairperson, Grande Prairie Regional College Library
1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month? I’ve learned a lot about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which is a genetic condition that my younger sister has. It is a connective tissue disorder caused by defects in the synthesis of collagen. In fact, as I write this I am in Washington, DC where we had an appointment with a neurosurgeon who will be operating on her to ease some of her pain and provide her with some stability and mobility.
2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Speak French, Spanish and Dutch.
3. What would you name the autobiography of your life? Oil and water
4. What is your best piece of life advice? Trust your intuition and think for yourself.
5. What is your favourite thing to binge watch? House of Cards, Homeland, Walking Dead
6. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment? I am most proud of what I have learned from others, in particular my husband and my sister. My husband works in forestry (not the dark side of the industry) and has taught me to love and appreciate the beauty of nature. I love “the bush” as he calls it and have spent weekends in the mud and rain working with him. My sister has taught me how to remain cheerful, loving and optimistic in spite of being in tremendous pain. She is a testament to resilience, hope and perseverance.
7. What is your favourite quote? What is learned with pleasure is never forgotten – Alfred Mercier