69 seconds with … Diversity Project producer Calan Breckon

Spend 69 seconds with Calan Breckon, Producer, Founder & Executive Director of Board for the Diversity Project.

01Your first job.
Technically I think it was being a Christmas casual worker at London Drugs in Brentwood Mall.

02The job you wanted as a child.
Veterinarian because I knew I wanted to help and I loved animals, then I found out I would have to put them down and I changed my mind.

03The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Sunscreen (I’m a ginger!), food and an unlimited about of music. If I’m on a deserted island, I may as well relax!

04Your hero.
Ellen DeGeneres, I really love how she lives her life and what she does for the world. She is truly an inspiration and amazing person.

05Your biggest indulgence.
Ice cream, big time.

06One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).
I’ve never really had a boy-friend (although I’m sure one is on the way!).

07Complete this sentence: I first kissed a boy …
At Celebrities Night Club. I was there with my best friend for a mutual gay friends birthday. I turned to my BFF and said “I think I’m Bi…” and she said “ME TOO!” and then we high fived and made a pact to kiss someone each that night. Mine ended up being in front of a lot of shocked friends. Oh to be 19 again!

08The #1 item on your bucket list (the one thing you want to experience/do before you die).
I’ll give you my top two: record and release a full length music album and produce my own television show (so I’m almost kind of doing my number 2 now with The Diversity Project, awesome!)

09 One word your best friend would use to describe you.
Inspirational.

10 The one thing you simply cannot miss doing when you come to Vancouver.
The view from Grouse Mountain on a crystal clear summers day, simply amazing!

MEET calan breckon

Calan Brecon

Winner of the Gay Top Model competition in 2009, Calan has returned to his home-town of Coquitlam to create a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at his old high school.

Born from that is The Diversity Project, an independent documentary film following the creation of the GSA at Centennial High School in Coquitlam.

“When I started this journey to create a Gay-Straight Alliance at my old high school I had no idea that it would impact my life so drastically. I feel like the more positive I am about the project the more great people I meet and the better everything is looking day by day. I can’t predict what the outcome will be for The Diversity Project but my hope is that it can help people in a positive way to create positive change in their lives and communities. I believe that education, understanding and compassion are the key to future generations living in a homophobic-free and diverse world. I made a promise to myself when this all started to never take no for an answer, there is always a way if you’re willing to work hard enough and put in the effort that it takes.”

Visit http://www.thediversityproject.ca for more information.

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