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This white swan arrives daily to visit a neighbour who lives on the ocean in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island.

The image was captured with an iPhone 4s and then with multiple layers added and multiple apps applied in order to achieve a painterly effect. (no Photoshop)

~ Brenda Johima

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Design Inspiration is Everywhere.

1. Get off the computer.

2. Take a break.

3. Walk.

4. Breathe.

5. Feel.

6. See.

7. Go back to work with new ideas.

— Brenda Johima

Design Inspiration is Everywhere

(iPhoneography) Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima

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Say NOtoCoal on Vancouver Island

On January 23, 2012, in Comox Valley, NOtoCoal, Vancouver Island, by brendajohima

I live in the beautiful Comox Valley, in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island and rarely take a stance on political issues on my blog … I prefer to keep the focus on my art and photography … however, as this proposed Coal Mine will be minutes from my door, I do want to say that I am 100% opposed to a coal mine on Vancouver Island. There are newer, greener technologies available at this time and there is no need for a coal mine now, or anytime in our future on this planet.

The damage to our health, our drinking water, the very air we breathe is at risk … as well as our ocean, the sensitive ecosystem, the fish, the wild salmon, the birds, the wildlife … as is the very beauty that inspires artists and photographers to create their works on this paradise we live in, called Vancouver Island.

Say NO to Coal

FREEBIE !! … I feel so strongly about NO Coal Mine in the Comox Valley and on Vancouver Island, I created this. Say “NOtoCoal

Please share it, use it, put it on your Facebook profile or business page, share via other social networks and/or your website/blog … please spread it and help STOP this proposed Coal Mine. In addition to the damage it will do to our environment and the beauty that surrounds us on Vancouver Island, coal is a known carcinogen.

More info. here : CoalWatch.ca and here : Solidarity not Compliance

** P.S. If you want to download (and please do), the LARGE full resolution image file, over 2+ MB, I want to provide the highest quality possible. ** … you can download here at any of these places  :

Brenda.Johima.Creative on Facebook
Brenda Johima on Flickr
Brenda Johima on Google+

(the above image is an almost full resolution image from my iPhone … created entirely using an iPhone 4s) … please use the high resolution images from the links above if you can … and if you are able to please credit “Brenda Johima” that would be lovely but not crucial … I just want the word out …

Thank you for your support on this issue that will affect not only those living in Fanny Bay, and in the Comox Valley, but it will affect every one of us on Vancouver Island, including tourists in future.

On my way to Tofino, I almost always stop for a walk in Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island. Yesterday, I simply drove directly to Cathedral Grove, even though I wasn’t going to Tofino, in order to feed my craving to be in a forest, in nature. Although I am usually surrounded by nature where I live in the Comox Valley, I had been visiting in Victoria for a few days, and had too much time sitting on couches and chairs indoors, too much time eating, and too much time sitting in cars. I was missing my nature fix, so I took a detour on the way home, and in the pouring rain, went for a walk in Cathedral Grove. Nature calms me, grounds me, inspires me creatively.

Here’s a couple of iPhone photos that I captured while in the forest yesterday. In the case of these two forest images, this is not “purist iPhoneography” because to achieve the effect I wanted, I used the iPhone to capture the initial image and composition, applied apps afterward and then also took the image into Photoshop to achieve the final result that I wanted.

~ Brenda Johima ~

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

 

Help Me Help The Food Banks

On December 3, 2011, in Comox Valley, Food For Families FOOD Drive, by brendajohima

Help me help the Food Banks in the Comox Valley and in Campbell River. I’ll be Tweeting live on location, with Bob Johnstone of 97.3 The Eagle

On Twitter :

Follow @brendajohima and @johima

Follow @ThriftyFoods and @TheEagle973

On the Radio : 97.3 The Eagle

Listen in : Courtenay: 9:00AM – 1:00PM – Breana Morgan on-location (Courtenay Thrifty Foods)
Campbell River: 1:00PM – 5:00PM – Ryan Mennie on-location (Campbell River Thrifty Foods)

We’re helping the Food Banks promote Thrifty Food’s ‘Food For Families’ Food Bank Drive this Saturday, December 3rd, 2011.

See you there!

Brenda JOHIMA Social Media Consulting

 

PRESS RELEASE

Tweet Bird for TweetUp Comox ValleyDid you know that there are over 530 people on Twitter in the Comox Valley? Please join us for some ” Preseason Cheer! ” at the 4th Comox Valley TweetUp!

What is Twitter? In a nutshell, Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service which allows you to send short messages of 140 characters, called “Tweets.”

What is a TweetUp? A TweetUp is a FREE community event, where people who have met online and communicate via Twitter, meet in person, face to face, offline.

TweetUps are informal events, for people who want to take their online communications, offline … engaging while building social and business relationships. People, is what Social Media is all about.

Local Artist, Photographer and Social Media Consultant Brenda Johima (@brendajohima) has been on Twitter since about March of 2009 and is passionate about the power of Twitter, and it’s potential to connect people for Social Good. Johima has partnered with Michael Fountain, Manager of Marketing & Communications and Discovery Community College, which will be the host venue for the November 29th event.

Here are the details :

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Venue: Discovery Community College (Courtenay Campus)
Where: 1025 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay (upstairs)
Cost: FREE community event, although we encourage you to please bring a donation for the local Comox Valley FOOD Bank
Twitter Hashtag: #TweetUpCV
Sign Up (FREE) Page: http://tweetupcv4.eventbrite.com/
On Twitter Follow: @brendajohima and @DiscCommCollege

As we all know, December and January are times of the year when individuals and families have a greater need for food, so this is a Social Media TweetUp With A Cause!

We will use the power of Twitter and Social Media and Tweet for Food to help others in need. In addition, there will be refreshments for participants, door prizes, a live Twitter feed on a big screen, as well as educational Twitter tricks and tips throughout the evening. From “seasoned pro” to Twitter newcomer, there will be all levels, so everyone will fit in perfectly. If you choose, please bring your smart phones, cell phones and laptops for live tweeting on location. TweetUps are FUN!

What if you are not on Twitter yet but are curious? It’s OK to join us too! You will gain most value if you already have a Twitter account, but a TweetUp can be a tremendous start, to meet great people and to get some tips before you start launch your Twitter account.

This is a perfect opportunity for business owners to mix and mingle, connect in a new way, FREE of charge, and free from being flogged with business cards, brochures, sales and marketing pitches.

The Comox Valley Food Bank has been assisting our Valley communities for over 25 years. Parents with children, post-secondary students, persons with disabilities, the working poor and those who experience persistent poverty, immigrants and the elderly, all benefit from the FOOD Bank. It is estimated that at least 1,200 hampers are handed out on a monthly basis, in addition to hundreds of other individual and regular “mouths to feed.”

The event is FREE to attend but we encourage donation of non-perishable food items ( or cheques made out to the Comox Valley Food Bank Society ) at the November 29th TweetUp! which will be delivered to the local Comox Valley Food Bank the following morning.

Do you need some suggestions as to what to bring? The Food Bank really needs (at their request) items like peanut butter, coffee and sugar, which they don’t purchase regularly. For for children’s lunches, juice boxes (the healthy sugar-free ones) and raisins or other healthy choices are appreciated. When selecting food donations for children, please choose healthy options, low in sugar. In addition, non-food items such as toilet paper, toiletries, toothpaste, shampoos and soaps are needed for the homeless.

Johima says “People WILL be fed” and the Food Bank is a cause close to her heart, having worked in the helping professions previously. “Nobody should go hungry in the Comox Valley. We can all do something. We can all do ONE thing. This is my thing. I don’t make a penny from this TweetUp, and I do not receive any business from this one event either. With pure intent, we help others the most.”

When Johima asked Jeff Hampton, President of the Comox Valley Food Bank, which types of situations are the most difficult to deal with emotionally when working at the Food Bank, Hampton said “it happens every day” and that “people arrive in tears when they have exhausted all other sources of funding.” This includes single mothers, young mothers with children, situations such as separation and divorce … or injury, and he added that “those who experience sudden job loss and unexpected employment are hit hardest.”

Discovery Community College is “a fully accredited, professional private college in British Columbia with multiple locations on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Programs are efficiently designed to equip graduates with all the knowledge and experience they need to achieve their career goals in short periods of time. We are committed to helping improve the communities of which we serve.”

If you have any other questions, would like to bring the entire team from your workplace, would like to donate in a big way, please phone Brenda Johima at (250) 335-1195 or email johima [at] gmail [dot] com or visit her website at brendajohima.com

Please join Brenda Johima and all of us, at the 4th Comox Valley TweetUp! Connect, Communicate, Build Relationships. Make a Difference. Feed Families.

Comox Valley Food Bank volunteer Larry,
helps with bagging and preparing food for distribution.

Tweet Bird for TweetUp Comox ValleyIt’s time to TweetUp for the FOOD Bank, enjoy some Preseason Cheer with colleagues, friends, fellow-business owners, and people you would like to meet in person face-to-face (but have never met), and it’s time to take online, offline … at the 4th Comox Valley TweetUp!
( #TweetUpCV on Twitter is the hashtag )

A big Thank You to Michael Fountain of  Discovery Community College for partnering with me, and for being the host location for this FREE community event, and for providing refreshments.

We’ve only had a few TweetUps in the Comox Valley, so … What do you DO at a TweetUp? Watch for my next blog post, which will be announced on Twitter via @brendajohima but in a nutshell, we get together, we mingle, and build relationships in a new way ( for those in business, you know the term “sell without selling” ) having used Twitter. This isn’t your “usual” networking event … you won’t be flogged with business cards and brochures, sales and marketing and “elevator pitches” …

** We will have a BIG Screen with live tweeting from the event … and if you are new to Twitter, please attend anyway! There will be lots of “seasoned pros” to show you a few Twitter tips. **

>> Please sign up right here to attend <<

There are things that the Comox Valley Food Bank does not purchase and really need. Here’s what you can could do to help at the TweetUp! :

** If you are in need yourself, or can’t/don’t choose to donate anything, that is TOTALLY fine, nobody will know.  Please just come to the TweetUp! anyway … We (and I) want you there. It’s all about community, conversation, taking online, offline … and FUN.**

  • If you wish to donate money, a cheque can be made out to “ Comox Valley Food Bank Society ” and I will make sure it is delivered along with any food donations we receive.
  • Please bring non-perishable food items, and I will personally deliver them to the FOOD Bank after the event. And as you can see from the list, it’s not just food they need:

Here’s a list of items that the Comox Valley FOOD Bank gave me when I asked how we could help last year, for the 2010 TweetUp for the Food Bank (and for the Homeless) and yes, some ideas of what they still need for 2011 :

  • Peanut butter
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Pork and Beans
  • Toiletries
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoos and Soaps
  • Boxes of raisins or other healthy food choices for children’s lunch boxes
  • Juice boxes (the healthy sugar-free ones) for children’s lunch boxes

And … whatever else YOU can think of that would help out at this time of year. For food, choose the healthy options if you can 🙂

** Please join us at the TweetUp (FREE community event) and sign up via the link below, so that we have an idea of numbers for refreshments : 

The 4th Comox Valley TweetUp!

Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Venue: Discovery Community College (Courtenay Campus)
Where: 1025 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay (upstairs)
Cost: FREE community event, although we encourage you to please  bring a donation for the local Comox Valley FOOD Bank
Twitter Hashtag: #TweetUpCV
Your Hosts: Brenda Johima and Michael Fountain

Follow @disccommcollege

 

Join Brenda Johima and Michael Fountain for some Preseason Cheer!

Do you live in Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, the Comox Valley? Do you Love Social Media? Are you on Twitter? There are 530+ of us locals on Twitter, and it’s time for another Comox Valley TweetUp!

The 4th Comox Valley TweetUp!

Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Venue: Discovery Community College (Courtenay Campus)
Where: 1025 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay (upstairs)
Cost: FREE community event, although we encourage you to please  bring a donation for the local Comox Valley FOOD Bank
Twitter Hashtag: #TweetUpCV
Your Hosts: Brenda Johima and Michael Fountain

Tweet Bird for TweetUp Comox ValleyHello! It’s Brenda Johima here, in the Comox Valley, and I’m excited to announce that it’s time for another Comox Valley TweetUp! Please feel free to contact me with any questions via email at johima [at] gmail [dot] com or by telephone at (250) 335-1195, and here are the rest of the details:

This time, I have partnered with the fabulous Michael Fountain, Manager of Marketing and Communications for Discovery Community College. You can follow us both on Twitter right here :

@brendajohima on Twitter
@DiscCommCollege on Twitter

Everyone is welcome, so please do join us for some Preseason Cheer! Learn some basic Twitter Tips throughout the evening, enjoy a chance to win some great door prizes and have a chance to get to build relationships, and at the same time, make a difference in our local community by bringing a donation to the Comox Valley FOOD Bank.

** Please sign up on EventBrite so that we have an idea of numbers ** (and yes, it’s OK to show up at the door last minute)

At this time, there are 530+ on Twitter in the Comox Valley to help out, pitch in, and join in the 4th Comox Valley TweetUp! for a cause … Pre-Season Cheer! … to learn more about each other, and for the local Comox Valley FOOD Bank.

What is a TweetUp? A TweetUp is a FREE community event, where people who have met on Twitter, or who are communicating on Twitter, meet face to face in person. It’s an informal event, for people who want to take online communications, offline, engaging while building relationships. People, is what Social Media is all about.

If you want to #Follow other Comox Valley locals on Twitter, I have created two public lists (Twitter has a cap of 500 per list so I had to start a second)

1. Brenda Johima’s Comox Valley Twitter List 1 (in no particular order)
2. Brenda Johima’s Comox Valley Twitter List 2 (in no particular order)

~ Brenda Johima ~

Questions or Want To Help Out? Please phone Brenda Johima (250) 335 – 1195 or
Email: johima @ gmail . com
DOOR PRIZES! Please check below  regularly to see the most current prizes and as more door prizes are added right up until the day of the event:

1. The FIRST door prize is a $25.00 Gift Card offered by @courtenayvqa (Cindy Holland) of Courtenay BC VQA Wine Store

2. Two ( $30.00 Value / each ) Kayak Rental Gift Certificates : Courtesy of Comox Valley Kayaks (Don Lockwood)

3. One $50.00 Gift Card courtesy of @LD_Courtenay : London Drugs, Courtenay Location (Shelley Osachuk)

4. One Rebar Cookbook ( approx. $30.00 value ) courtesy of Hemlock Printers (Gord Wright) : @gordwright and @hemlockprinters

Surf’s Up (Long Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island)

Here’s an image from one of my favorite places, Long Beach, in Tofino … and since I’ve been posting primarily iPhone Photos ( iPhoneography ) I thought I would add an image from my DSLR ( I do have one 🙂

This one was a FUN one to edit in Aperture (no Photoshop),  for artistic effect … Surfers, getting ready to Surf  Long Beach.

~ Brenda Johima ~

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

 

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