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Board Spotlight: Kim Thayer, Vice President

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April 1, 2013

We are thrilled to have Kim Thayer as NW VEG's Vice President. Kim is not only a wonderful person, she is passionate about all living beings.

What brought you to adopt a vegan lifestyle?
I first stopped eating meat when I was 14. Through the years I reverted back to a pescetarian diet until I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After my cancer diagnosis I realized that I needed to eat more mindfully so I started researching and what I found about the cruelty that occurs even on a vegetarian diet disturbed me so the next day went completely vegan. I changed everything about my life choices. Choosing to live as a vegan is more aligned with my core beliefs; to live compassionately, tread lightly, and do no harm, most importantly to live with a loving heart.

How has Northwest VEG helped you strengthen your love of the vegan lifestyle?
Northwest VEG perfectly fits my beliefs. I enjoy attending NW Veg events and seeing so many people that are living compassionately. NW Veg has so many incredible events and members that inspire me every day. I am always recharged after attending a potluck, a board meeting, a planning event, or tabling for NW Veg. I love talking to people that are either vegan or thinking about making changes to their current lifestyle. I enjoy hearing about their personal journeys. What strengthens my love for veganism the most is talking to people that want to learn about the health effects or the cruelty aspects from a traditional diet and helping them transition to compassionate choices.

How did you get started with Northwest VEG?
My first experience with Northwest VEG was the MVP (Master VEG Program) classes. I signed up for the class and immediately became very motivated to do more for the vegan community so I started volunteering and then eventually joined the board. I am so impressed with the amazing commitment of our board and volunteers. I am humbled by the commitment of our community to live compassionately and tread lightly on the earth.

What are looking forward to most with your new position with Northwest VEG?
As vice president I hope to help enhance our current programs while fostering new ideas to expand our awareness in the area and appeal to a broad base of people that are interested in making compassionate changes in their daily lives.

What is your favorite thing about Northwest VEG?
My favorite thing about Northwest VEG is the community. At events I look around the room and see a beautiful network of people that are dedicated to making the world a better place to live. Our community is made up of amazing people that are all on a different journey within the vegan spectrum but they all want to make a difference in some way, whether they are motivated by their health needs, to save animals, or the earth, their desire to change their habits, learn new things, and share their successes makes me proud to be a part of this impactful group.

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