Erin is a relapsed actor and stand-up comedian and professional jazz hands for the arts and New Westminster. She has been lucky enough to perform all around the Lower Mainland in film, television and stage over the past two decades. Lately she’s been performing stand up comedy because its simultaneously terrifying and invigorating. Kind of like sky diving. But with less chance of death. She lives in New Westminster and works at the Massey Theatre and is one of the principals at White Shirt Design and Development. She is the mother of one incredibly active and charming eleven year old and the wife of an amazingly patient and talented husband. She is rarely still.
Did you imagine that you’d be a mom at the age that you became a mom?
Nope. I actually never really imagined being a mom. Now I can’t imagine NOT being one.
Describe your children in a single sentence.
A smell wrapped in joy, questions, adventure and elbows.
How have you changed as a person since becoming a mom?
I’ve become kinder to myself. I’ve become more willing to stand up for myself and others.
What has been the hardest thing about being a mom?
Not being the centre of attention all the time.
What do you love most about being a mom?
The family that has built around us. The village of people that have interacted with our lives. And the family of my husband and son and I that becomes stronger every day.
What advice can you give our mama readers?
The best thing you can do for your children is be a model of who you want them to be. If you want them to follow their passions and advocate for themselves as people, you need to do that yourself.
Do You have a favourite Family Recipe?
SO MANY! But this one is food for your heart and belly, which is something I think we all need right now.
A few (ahem) years ago I went to theatre school with one of my favourite people in the world- Naz Deravian- who later went on to be a cookbook author and writer and awesome mama. We love cooking her recipes it as it feels like she’s cooking with us. A very special dish in this book is Chelo Ba Tahdig . It’s something we make for special meals that we share with people. Which of course we aren’t doing right now. But we still make it and then try to eat all the best crunchy bits. Also my kid asks all the time for ‘Naz’s crunchy rice mountain’.