Name: Beryl Tsang
Occupation: Scheduling Sherpa at the University Health Network, Master Knitting Instructor, Grant Writer and Children’s Book Author
Lifestyle: Urban Community Builder
What’s a typical day like for you?
I’m a bit of a night owl, so my day usually begins with my alarm going off and going through the five stages of mourning as I attempt to extricate myself from my pillow: Denial (“No, it can’t be 6:30am.”); Bargaining (“Hmm, maybe I sleep in and take a taxi/uber to work. No, prolly not.”); Anger (“Dang, I have to get out of bed.”); Depression (“Mornings are so sad!”), and Acceptance (“I am now vertical–yay me!”).
My weekdays are busy; I work with physicians, residents and scientists to manage their time. I always try to fit in a workout mid-day. Usually it’s yoga or Pilates, but lately I’ve been experimenting with lifting and interval training.
What in your life is really important to you?
Family and community really matter to me. I believe that the world is actually a hard place and that it can be tough if we are alone. It’s important for us to reach out to one another and form bonds to see us through tough times, but also to lift us up and find meaning and purpose.
I am really lucky to have the best family and the best community!
What would you like to be remembered for?
Being a good mom, a good friend and a good person.
What role does fashion play in your life? What sort of outfits do you opt for?
I love fashion, but not fast fashion.
I love Fresh Collective because they feature local designers who create clothes and accessories with meaning. I adore the clean lines and whimsical patterns of their in-house line, Palette. I’m huge into dresses and I think I probably own at least one dress from every designer!
You’ve been with us since Laura-Jean’s Knitting Queen days! What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
I have to say, the BEST thing about shopping at Fresh Collective is the Style Coaches. Every shopping trip at FC is like visiting a best friend.
I love bringing out-of-town friends to FC; they always manage to find a statement piece there, whether it be a necklace, T-shirt or funky skirt!
What do you have that you want to promote?
I want to promote myself and my professional services!
If you’re looking for a Master Knitting Instructor to teach you to knit or consult on your projects, my big claim to fame is that I was the knitting consultant to Season 1 of the Handmaid’s Tale! I’m also a kick-ass grant writer.
Lastly, I really want to promote The Adventures of Ludwig and Imogen, a children’s book about what imaginary hippogriffs and their humans get up to on a daily basis! I wrote the story, and the fabulous Meredith Wolting illustrated it.
Check out more about Ludwig and Imogen on the Ludwig and Imogen Facebook page!
Your career has taken you down some interesting bends, including the creation of an original knitted breast prosthetic for breast cancer survivors. Most recently, you published The Adventures of Ludwig and Imogen. What first attracted you to children’s literature?
I was a huge reader as a child and loved reading unique and fanciful books to my children as they were growing up. We were big Maurice Sendak fans.
The hippogriff statue that guards the Lillian B. Smith Library in Toronto, which has a large and fabulous collection of manuscripts of children’s books, inspired the character of Ludwig. Parent friends of young children inspired the character of Imogen.
What age group does your new book target and where can we get our hands on a copy?
The book is for parents of children any age between toddlerhood and young adulthood. It is unique in that the story is told through both Ludwig and Imogen’s eyes, with Ludwig’s perspective on one page and Imogen’s perspective on the next.
You can order it from me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Amazon USA (DIRECT LINK) if you’re living in the States.
Is there anything else we should know about you?
I’m a little odd. Lovable, but still odd.
Where can people find you on social media?
Follow me on Instagram! @beryltsang