It’s no secret. More and more businesses are using WordPress. And as such, more and more WordCamps are popping up across the world. Canada is no exception. On May 27, the first ever WordCamp Halifax took place in Nova Scotia. WebDevStudios Frontend Developer, Allison Tarr, not only attended this inaugural event, but she also presented: “Field Guide to Caring for a Developer.”
“I was an advocate about mental health awareness prior to entering the tech industry, and since that transition, I have only continued, as there are particular subsets to stigma that seem to be particular to tech (and WordPress) communities,” Allison explains why she chose her topic. “I’ve seen more talks and dialogue appear gradually and wanted to lend my voice to continuing that within Canada, as well.”
What Allison wants people struggling with their mental health to know is that you are not alone.
“Whether or not you’re a developer, designer, IT professional, etc., you’re more than just tech or code,” she advises. “Honour your multi-dimensional nature. If something isn’t working for you and it is affecting your day-to-day, reach out for support. You deserve to be happy and healthy.”
One would surmise that a first-time WordCamp event could be challenging, maybe even chaotic, but according to Allison, WordCamp Halifax went really well.
“It was lovely!” exclaims Allison. “The whole experience, led by Alison, Tara and Rich, as well as many volunteers, was welcoming and well-structured. They had a great turnout for their first year and I’m sure next year’s will be even more well-attended.”
Aside from camp, Allison took the time to enjoy the city. It was her first time to Halifax. Her tourist highlights include stopping by Alexander Keith’s brewery for a tour, walking the harbour front, and visiting their beautiful public library.
For more information on mental health awareness, check out Open Sourcing Mental Illness. Keep up with WordCamp Halifax on Twitter. And to find out where our team will be next, visit the WDS Gives Back page.