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Volunteer Spotlight: Brittany Shannon

December 29, 2009

Brittany Shannon creates the hard-copy layout for the NW VEG Thymes and also designed the logo and theme of VegFest 2009's posters and postcards. Brittany is a pleasure to work with, and her smile and positive energy are contagious. We are so thankful for all of your wonderful work, Brittany!

How long have you been veg and why?
I have been veg for six years now. I was in college and living in the dorms with a girl who had been veg since she was three years old. She asked her mom (at three years old) where meat came from. When her mom explained, she was heartbroken and decided that she didn't want to eat the farm animals that she loved to read about in her books. That really got me thinking. Since I was so interested, she helped me out by ordering the veg starter kit from PETA and showed me a couple of films. After I saw Meet Your Meat I knew that I had to be veg. The blinders had been taken off, and there was no denying the atrocities that animal products contribute to.

What's on your dinner plate?
I LOVE VEGAN MAC! I eat it a good 3 times per week or so. I love how easy it is to make the "cheez" sauce taste so different depending on the ingredients you use. So far, my favorite ingredient to add is yam.

How has being veg impacted your life?
You can't really escape being veg. It is always something that people are going to comment on or question. It has certainly forced me to learn how to stand up for myself as well as others who donít have a voice. Being veg has made me a more compassionate person. I appreciate what I have more. It has also connected me with people and animals that I never would have met otherwise--Bleu the sheep, for example. He lives at Farm Sanctuary in Orland, CA, where I have also befriended a few humans as well!

What has been your most memorable NW VEG volunteer experience?
My most memorable experience was walking around downtown Portland handing out VegFest postcards that I had designed. It felt really good knowing that my art was helping spread the word for NW VEG and all the animals.

What is something about you people should know?
In addition to being animal-friendly I also enjoy being eco-friendly. I like to make recycled greeting cards, stationery, and notebooks. It started as a project to see how I could salvage all the copy paper that was being wasted at my work, and it turned into a fun side business. If you are interested in taking a look, you can visit my online boutique at www.elevenbirds.etsy.com.

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