If I Knew You Were Leaving I’d Have Baked a Cake
An Ode to Creativity
In a sad and ironic turn of events, just a few days after I reminisced about being laid off last year, the entire group I used to work with in Calgary was told that their doors were closing for good at the end of 2011.
For many, Veer was the place dreams were made of. An incredible group of people gave birth to an idea and nurtured it into the best place I have ever worked, with some of the greatest, most inspiring and talented people I’ve ever had the good fortune to know and call friends.
After two years of applying for positions that I was entirely unqualified for, I finally got my foot in the Veer door in early 2009 (by this time it was under new corporate management). My one and a half year stint at Veer is comparatively shorter than the time that most of my co-workers put in. However, that period was one of the most influential in my road to creativity and self-discovery. The magical Veer essence and the people that created it, are largely responsible for me picking up a camera, and realizing my desire to create, communicate and photograph beautiful food.
It is the end of an extraordinary era and of what I know for all my friends and old co-workers, is an opportunity to move onward and upward. I have no doubt that with this massive exodus will come a great rebirth of creative projects. I wish them all luck and hope that their transition to something new will be ‘a piece of cake’.
Recipe attributed to Call Me Cupcake
Photos by Maggie Murphy