Blog > Postcrossing spotlight: ohegarty from Canada!
Turns out, she’s the postmaster of a seaside community in Newfoundland that has the best beach in the world for watching humpback whales, so the design and initiative made total sense. We were curious to find out more, so we asked her a few questions:
- How did you get started sending postcards? What is your earliest memory of them?
I am a first generation Canadian Irish immigrant. My grandfather sent me/our family postcards and letters in the 1970s-1980s from his various travels to visit his children and grandchildren.
- How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?
I read about your launch and early success but did not join back then. I was reminded of this site when a postcrosser sent a cancel request to my post office (I am now the post master in a small rural seaside community) and designed/ordered a special humpback whale cancel since our town is famous for being able to watch humpback whales feed from our beach.
- Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?
Every send or receive is a surprise. The rare countries are extra special though, I have to admit.
- Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your post office or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
- What’s one way that postcards have changed your life for the better?
Joining the Postcrossing community opened up a different kind of creativity for me. And a different kind of connection to other humans that feels more real than our common electronic virtual square on various social media platforms.
- What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?
Reading a new profile and thinking of what I could send to make their mailbox extra special.
- Have you inspired other people to join Postcrossing, or met other members yet?
I’ve inspired at least four IRL friends to join and none of them know each other! I’ve only met the 4 people that are now members because of me, but I’ve attended an international virtual meetup — I know that’s not the same but still counts.
- Do you have any other interesting hobbies or things that you’re passionate about?
I have the worlds largest collection of feminist postcards and feminist postage stamps. Actually, I’m not really sure about that claim but I’m willing to find out about other collections like mine!
I’m passionate about Feminism. I started the Counting Dead Women Canada list. Femicide is the ignored tragedy on our planet.
PS: You can hear Orla talk about postcards and her life in Newfoundland on episode 89 of the Postcardist podcast!