The Story Behind the Photo
Award Winning Author - Kamal Al-Solaylee
On Monday, December 3, 2018 I went to see Beverley McLachlin, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, being interview by Rachel Giese at the Appel Salon in Toronto. You know it will be a good interview when Rachel Giese is asking the questions. Not only is she always well prepared but she always seems genuinely interested in the person she's interviewing.
It was quite a different crowd that night at the Appel Salon to see the Former Chief Justice of Canada. Instead of the usual row after row of grey-haired women, that night there were lots of younger women with all different shades of hair colour. The colour of their hair may have varied but the one thing many of these young women had in common was that they were young female lawyers, and many others who were there seemed to be in that pursuit.
Ms. McLachlin had such a poise. She was smart, funny, and confident and very meticulous as she spoke, obviously important qualities to have as a Supreme Court Judge.
My favourite story of the evening was about an event she attended with her son when he was a child. She had been talking to a young male lawyer who said that one day he'd like to be a judge. Without missing a beat, her young son looked up at him and said you can't be a judge only women can be judges. The Appel audience broke out into laughter followed by applause.
As the evening drew to a close many of us in the room lined up to get our books signed. I must admit I wasn't quite sure what to say to her but as I handed her my book to sign she said “what a nice name you have”. It certainly made standing in front of a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada for the first time a very pleasant experience.
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My name is Faith Van Wart, I’m a Personal Photo Organizer and a member of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers). I help people organize their digital and printed photos so they can begin to tell the stories behind their photos.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet some interesting people and wanted to begin to share those photos and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy them.
As the old saying goes every picture tells a story. If your photos could talk what stories would they tell?