About Me

As you have probably guessed from the name in the header, the owner and writer of this blog is someone named Gillian. The title, Gillian’s Island, is a bad rip-off of the popular television series Gilligan’s Island which was also a nick-name I used to get called as a kid (and still a bit to this day by some people).

I’m a single twenty-something living in the beautiful capitol city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I love that the view from my window is of both mountains and ocean and that I can walk up a hill near the house to see the lower Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The beach down the road is a calming place for me to sit and read or contemplate life and I’ve spent many hours walking and praying along the roads to and from it.

I’ve had a number of interesting jobs over the years from engraving assistant to paper carrier to parts sales in a RV and marine dealership to optometric assistant and cook on a sail-training tall ship. Currently, my chief occupation is school as I’m part way through a MA in Counselling. I also work part time at a couple jobs and volunteer back on the sail boat whenever I get a chance.

One of the things I love to do in life is travel and I’ve managed to hit up a good number of countries so far in life. My goal is one for every year that I’ve been alive. As it stands, I am a bit ahead of the game. I love traveling because of the opportunity it affords to meet and experience people of different cultures and learn more about new ways of life. I believe that traveled person is an informed person.

I am also quite passionate about my faith in God. I hesitate to use the word “Christian” because of all the baggage that gets associated with that word, but I suppose that is what I am. Having spent the first 13 years of my life in the Anglican Church in Ontario, Canada, I now find myself back in that community after having spent time in the Christian Reformed Church, the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and the Pentecostal Assemblies of God in Australia. I think it was the richness of the Anglican Liturgy that I missed most. Now that I’m back I thoroughly enjoying it and am participating in things like the church choir and various committees on a regular basis.

So what can you expect from this blog? I write about lots of things from my daily life to church to school and the craziness that is that part of my life. I have used this as a place to cover my many trips abroad in great detail and with photographic accompaniment. I carry my camera nearly everywhere I go and update my Picasa site whenever there are photos worth putting on there. I am interested in current affairs, particularly ones that affect Canada, as well as Canadian politics and there will often be a rant or two on something that has caught my eye. In short, everything is a potential opportunity to be written about. What I love is when you, the person who has honoured me with your presence in reading my ramblings, comment and let me know what you think about what you’ve read or tell me a story that you think I’d love to hear. I love to hear from you!

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