How would Leanne describe the past seven years and 1,920 hours in class that she has spent with TPS? She could start by describing the continual homework, the repetitive recording spiels, and the GP6 catastrophes. Or she could begin relating the endless Hangouts chats, yearly summer camps, and her involvement with clay. Leanne’s time with TPS has been an amazing experience that she won’t be likely to forget.
Leanne is incredibly blessed to have met many of her fellow TPSers in person through her adventures at TPS’s Summer Camps, Winter Camps, and the France Trip. In many ways, it was these friendships cultivated during long games of elbow tag or alongside the coast of Mediterranean that carried her through the highs and lows of her high school years. Working alongside Cassie as Senior Editor has been one of the highlights of her senior year. From late night discussions on the characteristics of Canadians with Cassie to virtual games days with the Junior Editors, clay made Leanne’s year into one of leadership, learning, and laughter.
Contrary to popular belief, however, Leanne’s life does not revolve solely around TPS. Her pastimes include playing piano and guitar and extend to a love of design and photography. She loves team sports like soccer during the cool summer evenings and plays pick-up volleyball throughout the winter. During her lengthy time in isolation, Leanne has also discovered that she is quite adept at table ping-pong. Growing up with three older brothers and a younger sister instilled in Leanne a patient nature, perseverant attitude, and love of teasing. Her Canadian loyalty runs deeper than maple syrup and moose while her Dutch roots bestowed her with an excessively complicated last name which also enables her to quickly find her name on any list – at the very bottom. On a rainy day or any day on which she is procrastinating a lengthy project, you might find Leanne squirreled away with a book and a large cup of Earl Grey tea. She also loves taking long tramps in the countryside with the family dog, Mountie, to get a breath of fresh air and burn off steam. Leanne loves her hometown, Ottawa, so she suggests giving it a visit and, of course, visiting her at the same time.
While hoping to pursue a B.A. in Communications at the University of Ottawa, Leanne will be spending the coming year working for a Member of Parliament through an intensive political internship program. Through this experience, Leanne is hoping to gain practical experience and be equipped to make a meaningful difference in Canada. She is eager to get a chance to make a positive social change in Canada and engage in political activism. Leanne is excited (and slightly nervous) to discover the adventures that lie ahead, but she is praying for God’s wisdom, peace, and strength to fill her heart as she forges forward.
A few of the things on Leanne’s bucket for the coming years? Travel Canada from coast to coast, admire the Northern lights, start a photography/design business, revive her blog, visit Europe with her younger sister, and go on a road trip to visit each of her TPS friends.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
From a young age, I was convinced that I would be an author. I wouldn’t let the fact that I couldn’t spell and called myself an “Athor” deter me. I was also fascinated with becoming a garbage collector simply because I was told they were paid well. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to be paid big bucks to ride on the back of a truck?
Favorite Bible Verse
One of my favourite portions of scripture comes from Psalm 42.
This psalm reminds me to continually yearn for God’s Word and confidently hope in Christ despite the impending storms of life.
« Ce n’est pas possible ?!? C’est possible. » The infamous talking pineapple says it all: It is possible.
And because indecisive Leanne couldn’t just pick one: “Be adventurous in trusting God”
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