Happy birthday, #Yeg Girl Geeks!

“I’m not so much a girl geek as scientifically minded, but OK.”
That’s what my nine-year-old daughter said when I asked her to pose for a picture wishing the Edmonton Girl Geek Dinner a happy first birthday.

So, yeah, she’s a geek.

But I mean that in the nicest, proudest way. I love that she made a Venn diagram comparing herself with Kari Byron from MythBusters. I love that she wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up, and has wanted that since she was three. I love that we read books on prehistoric life at bedtime. Pure geekery.

I have met many wonderful role models for my girl at the Girl Geek Dinners. Every time I have attended, I have talked to fascinating women who do amazing things. This has become a valuable networking event, and it is always a good time.

So thank you, Shauna McConechy and Brittney Le Blanc, for bringing this institution to Edmonton. Shauna is about to depart on an adventure in Toronto, but I think they have created something so good that we’ll find a way to help Brittney keep it going. It’s got to stick around long enough for my girl to be old enough to go. Nine more years, OK?

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