Welcome to the Compassion Files! This is our first post of the blog. The blog will feature posts about VegBash, animals that have captured our hearts, as well as profile inspiring people who are making a positive difference and living a compassionate life. This week we're kicking things off by featuring Amber Gionet.
This week we are excited to feature Amber Gionet, who is passionate about making this world a better place and is an active volunteer with Boston Terrier Rescue Canada and recently formed London Chicken Save.
Amber was kind enough to answer our questions below about what compassion means to her.
First, here’s a brief introduction about Amber:
Hello, My name is Amber Gionet. I am 30 years old and have been vegetarian for 8 years and vegan for just over a year. I love my boston terriers, yoga, hiking, live music, comedy and road trips. I volunteer for Boston Terrier Rescue Canada and I recently started London Chicken Save (modelled from Toronto Pig Save and other Save Movements). I am inspired mostly by my own passion, as well as passionate and positive people.
What does ccompassion mean to you?
Compassion to me means being in tune with your intuition and doing what is right. Compassion is about empathizing with others and understanding vulnerability. I don’t think compassion should stop at human to human, but it should also extend to all living animals.
What motivates you to make compassionate choices in your daily life?
I am motivated to make compassionate choices by my desire to not cause any harm to others. If you can look someone(human or not) in the eye, then you can connect and relate to them. It is as simple as if you know better, do better.
Why is living a compassionate life important to you?
I think living a compassionate life is extremely important because it literally saves lives. I also feel that we, as a society, need to have more accountability for our actions and really be the change we wish to see in the world.
Can you share some examples of how you choose to be compassionate throughout your day?
Being vegan is the best way I know how to live with true compassion and love towards animals. For me, living a vegan lifestyle changed me as a person. I became more aware, more positive and set on making better overall choices as a consumer. This year I am focusing on buying organic and local. I also try to do random acts of kindness whenever possible and inspire others.
What are some tips you can provide to people looking to practice compassion towards themselves, other people, the planet and animals?
A great tip to anyone is to get involved. Follow your gut and if you know something is wrong speak up, make changes and do better next time. Volunteer! Surround yourself with people that inspire you. I also invite anyone to join London Chicken Save. We are a small group dedicated to paying respect to the animals losing their lives for food. We bear witness to their journey to the slaughter house. No matter how a food animal is treated while alive, the end result is the same. Lives are being taken and it’s unnecessary. Whether you eat meat or not, bearing witness is important. If we were about to die, we would want someone to take notice.
You can learn more about London Chicken Save here and connect with Amber if you’d like to get involved.
We’re grateful that Amber shared her story with us and some tips on how to live a compassionate life. Do you have ideas for who we could feature in an upcoming edition of the compassion files? We’d love to hear your suggestions. Email Krista at Krista@VegBash.com.