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

Amber Whittemore
Contributed - Jun 01, 2022 - Got the Edge

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What is your business or organization? The Nourished Collaborative

What is your role with that organization? Registered dietitian and owner

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? I would have to say how connected to nature we can be in the Okanagan, if we so choose. We’re surrounded by amazing trails for exploring year-round, tons of beautiful beaches and a growing number of wineries with some of the most stunning views of our valley.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? Probably Brené Brown, because her research around wholehearted living and vulnerability have challenged our culture’s norms around emotion and human connection, which I think is so important. Her work also shapes a lot of what I do and how I communicate with my clients!

What’s your go-to happy place? Up the mountain with my dogs. It’s always a guarantee!

What are you most proud of? Following my passion and cultivating my own niche in the mental health field as a registered dietitian, and subsequently opening my business during COVID so that anybody in the province could access virtual support from the comfort of their own homes.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. Travelling around Greece
2. Exploring more of the province’s multi-day hikes and camping trips
3. Writing a book sharing my experience living with and subsequently specializing in the mental health field

Latest movie or book? Atlas of the Heart, by Brene Brown

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? I don’t really know if it counts as a traditional “gift,” but I would say my dog, Benji. He has travelled all over the province with me for school, keeping me grounded and sane, and is now an emotional support animal that gets to help out at work with clients.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? Definitely outside in nature and probably without any technology.

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