I chose a plant based lifestyle back when I was a child. As soon as I learned what meat actually was, I decided it wasn't for me and I quit eating any of it immediately. It just did not fit with my love of animals. It's now been about 30 years and I'm still living a vegan lifestyle along side my husband, kids and pets! I joined the VVOA after finding them online when looking for information about vegan places to eat in Edmonton. I loved the idea of having a group dedicated to educating and helping people trying to live a more compassionate life. Growing up as likely the only vegan in my hometown in Newfoundland, I didn't have access to that type of support, so I was eager to become a part of it.