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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY! by Janet Pliszka

Happy Birthday Amy!

Words can’t come close to describing the essence of Amy.   She is so much, of so much, bundled into one laughing, fun, loving person.   To celebrate her birthday, we decided to have a photo shoot and here is the result!   A LRT station.  A camera.  A couple lenses.  Even a police visit to determine what was in our backpack.  And… a lot of laughs.   I hope the images give you a glimpse of who my cousin and a big part of Visual Hues is.







For all of you who know Amy, please add in your words to describe the birthday girl in the comments below!!

Happy Birthday Ames.  Thank you for all you bring to Visual Hues, its families, our office and my sanity!

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  1. Andrew January 23, 2015 Reply

    Original. (Full stop).

  2. Sarah January 23, 2015 Reply

    Lovely, silly, and generous with a smile that lights up the world

  3. Pam January 23, 2015 Reply


  4. Karen Lutz January 23, 2015 Reply

    What to say about Amy? One of the most enthusiastic & fun people I know! But also one of the most passionate. Humanitarian & photographer extrodinaire! Happy Birthday Amy!

  5. Tree Bickle January 23, 2015 Reply

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays ~ so blessed to have been able to build a friendship with you as a result of a friendship with your brother. Our talks on the Western rocks while sippin' g&t is one of the yearly moments I look forward to at the French. You inspire me, to inspire my children, to explore the world, appreciate what we have and do more for those who don't. So proud of all that you do and can't wait to see what you tackle next! Love, Tree.

  6. Lesley January 23, 2015 Reply

    She is 37 years old today. Amy B vibrates pure love, laughter, joy and compassion. Being part of Amy's journey is one of my favourite things in the world. She is a force to be reckoned with. Her curiosity has no limits; her honesty sometimes makes me blush...oh how far we've come since Grade 12 Parenting at Denison.

    Amy Brathwaite is pure joy. Come on! Look at that face!

  7. Nynne and the boys January 23, 2015 Reply

    Aw.....look at our beautiful friend!!! We love you so much Amy!
    You are the one of the most thoughtful, empathetic, smart, positive, cuddly, fun and beautiful people we know. I have heard a lot of people say how hard it is to move to Calgary and meet people/make friends. You have only been here a little while but you have already made so many really good friends and I think that says a lot about your person/personality. You are a great networker and you are so good at creating community around you, wherever you are.
    We are very grateful to have you close by. Even if we don't see you all the time, its just good to know you are here. Like I told your parents: you are family<3.
    Happy happy birthday to you and a big thank you to Janet for putting this together. Great shots of our friend!
    Love and hugs <3<3<3

  8. Fawna January 23, 2015 Reply

    AMY, Happy Birthday beautiful. You are a shining light, you are authentic. Life courses through you and you share it and we thrive in that. Love, love, love you- may this be the year that you are certain of your value, certain of your power and certain of your great contribution to the whole xoxoxoxo Fawna

  9. Uncle Jimmy and Karen January 23, 2015 Reply

    You are a truly beautiful person--inside and out. May you have as much joy as your heart can hold in the coming year. With lots of love and best wishes, Uncle Jimmy and Karen

  10. Julie January 23, 2015 Reply

    Bursting with generosity,
    love, curiosity, creativity,
    giggles and
    killer dance moves.

    Happy birthday, to a fine lady.

    Love, Julie xox

  11. Nancy January 23, 2015 Reply

    Amy, the photos capture your outside beauty but as I look at them I am reminded of your inside beauty. ...your caring nature, creative flare,
    love of the world and its culture.... Celebrate your day today and may it be an exciting year of welcome adventures ahead.

  12. Laurie, Peter, Billy & Cole January 23, 2015 Reply

    Amy is a wonderful, special, beautiful person with a radiant soul and an energy that lights any room! xoxoxoxo on your Birthday! (XO's are from the boys!!!)

  13. Shauna Way January 23, 2015 Reply

    Eminates kindness! Illuminating love!! She is truly beautiful !!!

  14. Mona January 23, 2015 Reply

    global citizen, passionate, joyful, mischevious

  15. Colin January 23, 2015 Reply

    I love all the photo's of Amy ... but it is the last one with the great big smile that says 'Amy' to me ! That smile lights up the room ...and shows the compassion and caring of such a wonderful human ... and beautiful woman ! Happy Birthday Gorgeous !!

  16. Nicky January 23, 2015 Reply

    Oh Amy
    You're so fine
    You're so fine you blow my mind
    Hey Amy ... hey Amy!

  17. janetp@visualhues.com January 23, 2015 Reply

    Happy Birthday Ames,
    You completed our Million Dollar family when you arrived 37 yrs ago today...one of the coldest days ever.
    Your smile & your great hair lights up the world & brings warmth ,joy & light to everyone.
    We love you,
    Mum & Dad
    PS Thanks to Janet for a great photo shoot!

  18. Kim Page Gluckie January 23, 2015 Reply

    Illuminated Amy. You are one of the few people in this world who truly light up a room just with your smile. But it's not just your smile, it's that you smile (and laugh) with your whole heart, soul and body. Happy happy birthday dear Amy! Take in the celebration of you being you!

  19. jenny January 23, 2015 Reply

    Amy, you are, simply put, one of the brightest lights in not only my life, but the lives of everybody in your huge circle.
    Yeah, that's right, I speak on behalf of them all.
    You are brilliant, hilarious, inspiring, and gorgeous.
    You keep me honest and you keep me real.
    And you brought me back to my mat.
    So to you I wish the happiest of birthdays, Beauty.
    And hey, take 'er easy... (you know the rest).
    Love you madly.

  20. Jeannie January 23, 2015 Reply

    Happy Birthday! Here's wishing you the best year YET.
    Your eyelashes remind me of the Butter Fly Effect...and so does your art. Force o' Nature, for sure.

  21. Holly LaBrie January 23, 2015 Reply

    Happy Birthday Amy! You are so much love, and joy and spirit wrapped up in a smile that is like the sun and with eyes that sparkle more brightly than the stars! I think everyone you meet falls in love with you and how great you make us feel!

  22. Andria Kenney January 23, 2015 Reply

    "The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is". (As per our comrade Jim Carrey). I believe it, and therefore, Amy Brathwaite might be considered the richest and most successful woman in the world today. Could definitely make Forbes Top 10,

    [Oh and - wwwhooooooaaaa - SHAZAMMMM!]

  23. Fred January 23, 2015 Reply

    Just wow

  24. Kathleen Macmillan January 23, 2015 Reply

    A genuine and loving person...happy Birthday Amy from your long lost 2K friend. You look wonderful and hope it was a special day for you!

  25. Jaime January 26, 2015 Reply


    love you!

  26. Amy January 27, 2015 Reply

    ♥♥♥♥ this has been a profound moment of humility and gratitude. And I FEEL the love. Much appreciation and love to Janet for the photos and to all who took the time to share. It's a beautiful gift ♥

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