Meet Guest Author, Paul Nicholas Mason…
ike many of you, I’ve had to reinvent myself a number of times.
During my university years, I worked summers first as a tour guide at a museum, then as an actor. I served as a member of the university senate for three years, and as president of the student union for one. In my Honours year, I wrote a column, “The Mason Line,” for the student newspaper. The university’s student-run theatre also staged a couple of my plays. …These are best forgotten.
After graduating from university in the early 1980s, I went to work for the Canadian civil service: my portfolio was job creation, and it involved visiting a number of small Ontario towns and villages and encouraging organizations and businesses to create work for young people and for older folk seeking to re-enter the workforce. I monitored the short-term projects they created – cleaning up river banks, “brushing” trails, planting trees, renovating run-down properties, and supporting victims of sexual assault.