May 5, 2017
This week we meet Akiko McDougall, who I met at an Illuminations festival organising meeting a few years back (I wasn’t involved in the festival, but was considering at the time). I recall her warm welcome, and her following up, always with a friendly smile, and good intent.
I then caught up with her at various local events, including Saturday parkruns. It was great to speak with her about Japan, as I was travelling there with my family a couple of years back. I coincidently happen to be in Japan at the moment as I post this 🙂 I love Akiko’s enthusiasm for the local area, and she is involved in various events and activities that contribute to the great area that we live in.
Thanks Akiko for letting me chat, coffee and taking a few photos 🙂
Say hi to Akiko if you see her friendly smile around the area
What brought you to Wynnum?
Glenn (my husband)’s family has always lived in this area and have been avid sailing people.
So, when we came back from living in Japan after 8 years, we decide to live in this area. We loved the natural beauty of the bayside and also thought it would be good for bringing up a child.
We moved to Lota in a very quiet neighbourhood, and although I loved the serenity of it, coming from Tokyo, I was missing being able to walk to places to have a coffee or pick up a carton of milk, so when we found out about the unit developments in Wynnum, we bought a unit. We moved in December and we absolutely love it.
Strolling in Wynnum Central
Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum you would like to share?
I was involved in the Illuminations Festival since inauguration until it had to be cancelled this year, and have found the people and community in this area, absolutely amazing.
There is a lot of love for the area and willingness to help to make this place even a better place to be.
It might be because Wynnum doesn’t have a fancy brand, but I find the people here really down to earth and genuine.
We chatted about memories of the illumination festival
What would you love to see in Wynnum?
I believe in having a strong community, having a place to belong and to be proud of, is beneficial to people in all stages of life. Especially for children who grow up in the area.
And I really think having a regular event would contribute to an even stronger community.
It is amazing how many people talk about the Spring Parade. We were hoping Illuminations Festival would be that event, but it just couldn’t get enough funding. Hopefully, we can come up with an exciting event that brings joy to the community and is sustainable for a long time.
Any link to a website that you would like to share?
There are so many groups and communities working hard to create an inclusive community, and it would be great if there was an easier way to work together.
Websites like this (When in Wynnum) or FB pages like Wynnum What?! all contribute to a stronger community, and I love that.
Wynnum Manly Events Incorporated have started a FB page called “What’s On in Wynnum Manly” that focuses solely on events in the area.
Once we get our energy back together (after the illuminations festival), we are hoping to put on smaller regular events including laneway movies and dinner on the Wynnum jetty.
Akiko has been involved in the publishing industry. Seems books has become a theme with When in Wynnum…
Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
I do believe that there is a story in every single one of us, it would be great if you can cover all the everyday people, like HONY!
Checking out the local shops