My 'yes', my 'why', comes as a result of what evolved within me, those participating in the event and the people whose lives the event and subsequent documentary touched. This evolving came in many forms, the most important of which was the healing through the Connection Project. Not only did the performers and audience connect to one another through their stories, but I believe that on a deeper level, each person was able to recognize their own struggles. Regardless of what that struggle looks like, we ALL feel it. When we don’t feel it, we get sick, addicted, depressed, anxious, and suicidal. We fall out of love with life.
~ Emily Olsen
Emily Olsen is the founder of the Connection Project, an annual event exploring mental health through storytelling. Emily facilitates the Magic Series Workshops, a series exploring magic in the every-day through various themes such as worthiness, gratitude, and kindness. Her passion is bringing people together to explore personal growth through creativity.
Emily writes a poetry blog and is currently developing her TEDx talk inspired by the healing of her mental health struggle through connection. Emily lives in WSANEC Territory in Brentwood Bay, BC with her husband, Adam and two children, Silas and Ella. Emily is grateful for the support of family, friends, and the ever-growing Connection Project community and wishes to thank all those involved since it’s inception.