The Day I Met Many Famous People (Part 1)

Ever wonder what it is like to meet a celebrity? Well, I can tell you that it is an unreal experience! It is an experience that will stick with you for years to come. I want to take this time to tell you about one day in particular. The day when I was literally bumping into famous people!


It was a cool fall evening and I decided to go out and get myself a cup of coffee . The school season had just started and I was looking forward to all the experiences I would have that year. After all, it was my 3rd year as an arts undergraduate and I made it my mission to volunteer my time and energy to better serve my community.

As time passed like leaves under foot, I drank the last drop in my coffee cup and opened my email. I noticed that I had a notification from the faculty looking for volunteers for an event. It was an opportune time to live up to my statement and I decided to look into it deeper before I went to bed. Little did I know that this opportunity would lead me to an event of a lifetime.

As busy people do, I forgot all about the email and a few days passed. Lucky for me, I posted a reminder about the email on my desk and as I saw it, I gave the email a second look. As I said, the faculty was looking for students within the music department if they would be able to volunteer for a day to help out at a fundraiser. I responded with interest and continued practicing my instrument.

A week passed before I got a response. The response gave some of the details and what I would be doing. A few updates came in sporadically and before I knew it, the day had arrived!

The Event

I dressed for the occasion and met up with the other volunteers for the event. We were then shipped off to the most prestigious mansion in the city.

As I stepped out of the vehicle, I was in awe at the images that were before me. The natural response was to take a photo (or a few hundred) of the place. The below image was one of many photos I took during the event.


After we had indulged ourselves with the sights before us, we were escorted into the mansion. Each volunteer had a station and I was responsible for doing coat check for guests and VIP’s. After the coat check debriefing, guests started to arrive.

It was at this point that I got really nervous and really excited! Funny enough, one of the first guests to show up was none other than Chris Hadfield and his wife! I was so star-struck that all I could do was smile. The previous Commander of the ISS and his wife took off to the VIP lounge and would be later seen on stage as a performer!

If Chris Hadfield was one of the first guests to appear, I wondered what other guests would show up! In the next post, I will go into detail about my “encounter” with a certain famous person!

This story will be a series as there is much to tell! Leave you comments below and tell me what you think so far!

~ Johnathon Kwisses

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Johnathon Kwisses

Johnathon Kwisses is a music technologist and a Python & Java programmer. He earned a B.A. in Music with Native Studies Minor from the University of Alberta.

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