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Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Floresca

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April 28, 2010

Erin Floresca is an editor of the e-Thymes and also a contributing writer. Erin is truly wonderful to work with, and her smile and positive vibes are evident in all that she does. Thanks for all of your hard work, Erin!

How long have you been veg and why?
I have toggled between being vegetarian and vegan since 1996. Once I awakened to animal suffering in regards to eating meat, I couldn't go back. However, I did go through a few years where I conveniently overlooked the plight of animals in the dairy and egg industries. Thankfully, I recently re-awakened to this sad truth. I am happy to share that I am gleefully vegan once again.

What's on your dinner plate?
Vegan carrot cake, silken tofu chocolate pie and chocolate chip cookies. Did I mention coconut milk ice cream? Yummy! I actually have quite a big sweet tooth, but I've also been cooking up a storm lately. My favorite dishes right now include lentil and Tofurky sausage stew, tofu reubens, vegan pancit, Alsatian tarte flambé and vegan lasagna.

How has being veg impacted your life?
At first, my diet separated me from others, but nowadays I feel more connected since most of my friends in Portland are either vegan, vegetarian, or very accepting of the lifestyle. I also just like the good feeling that comes along with choosing compassion over cruelty in my diet. Plus, it's been the best way to keep my weight down. When I first went veg, I dropped around 20 pounds that never came back.

What has been your most memorable NW VEG volunteer experience?
I've been the dine-out coordinator, have helped design some print ads, and even tabled once before at a farmer's market. I would have to say dine-out coordinator has been the most memorable, because I was able to meet so many fellow veg-heads and try out different restaurants. Who knows, though, this new experience of being one of the Thymes editors might be my all-time favorite. I love it so far!

What is something about you people should know?
I'm not as intimidating as I look. If you see me out in public, come on over and say hi. Just kidding!! OK, let's see...I am a writer, voice actor and avid RVer who loves to travel. I was drawn to Portland six years ago mostly because of the veg-friendliness of the city. I love it here! I also enjoy putting PETA Kids stickers that say things like, "I am not a Nugget" and "Fish are Friends, not Food" on my outgoing mail.

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