She's Got the Edge
A light-hearted Q&A with the people who make the Okanagan work

Deb Lawless
Contributed - Oct 10, 2019 - Got the Edge

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What business or organization are you involved with? Halloween Alley.

What is your role with that organization? District co-ordinator.

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? Although most people think I love the fall, I love all seasons and mostly that is because of the 18 years living in the Okanagan. I love that we can truly enjoy every season in Kelowna, whether it be sports or other activities—enjoying a patio dinner along the waterfront or skiing and enjoying all winter has to offer up at Big White.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? I would love to have lunch with Richard Branson. Although I love working for corporations, I have done many things and consider myself still to be an entrepreneur. I love his zest for life, taking chances and trying new things. I always say, “Go big or go home.”

What’s your go-to happy place? My happy place is just hanging out with my family and friends. With family living in other provinces, my community has been surrounded by an amazing tribe of friends that have been here for myself and family throughout the 18 years of us trying to raise our children. There is no one that makes me happier than my friends. I am truly grateful for all in my life.

What are you most proud of? Without doubt, my three children. Sometimes I say they drive me crazy, but my love for them … well, I can’t even explain. I wish I could keep them little forever. However, everything I do in my life is to ensure they have every opportunity they want to try in life. It is my job as a mother to give suggestions and help them to make decisions on their own (hopefully good ones). I am not perfect, nor always right, but hopefully they learn to be true to their passions, work hard, be honest and live their best life ever! (quoted by my 18 year old)

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1) Travel to Australia (and make a pitstop in Hawaii)
2) Be a billionaire with a cause that helps change the world
3) Have lunch with Richard Branson

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I did eat bugs in Alberta once. However, I went to an Iranian restaurant with my husband many years ago and really enjoyed it!

Latest movie or book? I’m currently reading the book “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? I wouldn’t say it was something tangible. I have learned from a lot of people in my life that have passed away. The traditions and morals my family have instilled in me truly make me who I am. So to answer the question clearly, I would have to say all the memories that I have and am able to pass on. The people in my life complete me to who I am.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? If I found out today was my last day, I think I would find my children, hug them lots, write them a note of how grateful I am and tell them that life is just starting, so live every moment to the fullest like it was their last day. I may partake in a few beverages with my tribe and look forward to the best sleep ever!

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