Here they are!

Thank you to my talented friend and event photographer Stephen Burton for taking these.

Some prep photos right before the launch at the Fire Fighters Museum:

Going over some details with event emcee and one of the participants of my project John Hart

More event prepping

Some photos of my interview with CBC

Prints from the photo exhibition

John being interviewed by the CBC

John posing with his photo in the photo exhibition

Another participant of my project, Dan Plexman, being interviewed by CBC

Helping serve the yummy catered food at my event

Guests reading printed website stories at the event


With my event live Tweeter and one of my best friends Michelle

Beginning of speeches


First speaker Barbara-Anne Hodge, Chair of the Mamingwey Burn Survivors Society

Second speaker Martin Johnson, Chair of the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund

Saying my speech

Thank you to everyone who helped out with my event, who came to my event and those who sent me well wishes. It was an amazing day that couldn’t have gone better. Hopefully, we’ll be able to celebrate more news with After the Cocoon soon ūüôā


I haven’t been able to blog on here for almost two weeks with the busyness of my launch. But it has been a good type of busy with numerous media interviews, and actually having my event, which hopefully raised awareness of burn support resources.

I just got my photographs back from my event photographer and friend Steve Burton¬†and I’m so excited to post them up soon! Until then, here’s a sneak peak!

Being interviewed by the CBC at my launch

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Happy Friday everyone ūüôā


In my first year of my program¬†I started a photography project on my school blog with the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. Each week participants are given a theme and are challenged to post a photo associated with that theme.¬†Last week’s theme seemed more fitting to post on here than my¬†other blog.

This week I officially finished my website.

This meant creating all the content (stories and photographs), editing all the content, having all the (written) content peer-edited and inputting those edits and then having all the participants review the content and getting their feedback.

My peer-edited stories


It was a lot of work. A year’s worth of work to be exact. And in about a week’s time all this hard work will lead up to my website launch.

So what happens after that?

To be honest, I’m not sure. I know after my launch I’ll be having my photographs from the launch displayed at the OnWard Gallery, but beyond that I’m not sure . . . time will tell.


***Please note I have NOT been endorsed by Scentsy. These opinions are my own. 

When I attended this year’s Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress – an international burn survivors conference – this year in Milwaukee I came across a product called Scentsy, which is marketed as a “flameless candle.” It works by having a light bulb warm up scented wax within a beautiful porcelain container.

I found these Scentsy products at the Spiegel Burn Foundation‘s (an organization that raises funds for different initiatives for burn survivors, including helping them attend World Burn Congress) booth.

I’ve been surprised by how many burn survivor stories that have involved candles so I can see why a product like this was created.

Although I wasn’t burned through a fire accident (I was burned by boiling water), I felt like my parents were always extra cautious with me and tried to make sure I stayed away from anything that could result in another accident, such as anything with a flame. I think that sense of cautiousness followed me through adulthood because to this day I’m still nervous around candles.

I bought one of these myself and I have to say that I really enjoy it – it has the benefits of a candle, but I feel comfortable around it. I’d highly recommend this product to anyone.

Our Scentsy

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Interested in getting a Scentsy? Well, you can have a chance at winning one of these by attending my website launch on Friday, February 9th at the Fire Fighters Museum at 2 p.m. ūüôā

Generously donated by the Spiegel Burn Foundation

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There are many hidden gems in Winnipeg and the Fire Fighters Museum is one of them.

You’ll find it a short five minute drive from Red River College and City Hall in the Exchange District at 56 Maple Street at the intersection of Higgins and Maple. Here you’ll find a tribute to the firefighters that have served our city, including a bunch of super interesting memorabilia.

Some vintage trucks that you’ll find at the museum



It also is the venue for my event on Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Along with hosting my event, the museum is open for tours every Sunday (which are given by firefighters). I highly recommend visiting if you have a chance it’s super interesting!

Happy Friday everyone!


To my website launch! When’s it happening? In exactly ONE month from today – Saturday, February 9th!

Here’s my official invitation made by the lovely and talented Jaclyn Leskiw:

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My project has been filled with wonderful people like her to help along the way and I’m so thankful!

If you’re available to come, I’d love the support ūüôā

If you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact me (contact info on the invitation or here).


Earlier this year myself and a couple other of my classmates were given an amazing opportunity to intern for the Filipino Journal. This included the lovely Jackie Doming.

Like me, Jackie is doing a graduation project for our program. Her project is a clothing and accessories line called¬†Threads of Hope, and a concert, all in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. She has been doing an amazing job raising funds and awareness for the charity.

Recently we teamed up with Filipino Journal again¬†who gave us the opportunity to write about our projects in the paper. Although we could have written our own articles, we thought it be a good idea to write an article for each other’s project to give a fresh perspective.

Our articles, fittingly, on the same page ūüôā

After the Cocoon meets Threads of Hope

Some love for both our projects from some of our classmates



Here’s the awesome article Jackie wrote about my project in full:

Local burn survivor sheds her cocoon
Article by Jackie Doming
Photos by Maria Cristina Laureano

At nine months old, Maria Cristina Laureano reached for a pot of boiling water. The pot tipped over
and she was drenched in scalding water, resulting in second- and third-degree burns on the left side of her upper body.

Laureano, a second-year Creative Communications student at Red River College, has been a burn survivor most of her life, but only recently decided to go public about her accident. She is creating a website called After the Cocoon for a school project, a blog featuring photos and stories of burn survivors Рincluding her own.

‚ÄúI was very discrete about it and only shared that information with a small circle of tight-knit friends and family. It used to be very difficult for me to talk about my burn injury,¬†but now I talk openly about it so that I can help other people who are going through a¬†tough time,‚ÄĚ said Laureano.

Her project began with research, conducting interviews and taking photographs of burn survivors for the website. She connected with participants through the Canadian Burn Survivors Community (CBSC) and Mamingwey Burn Survivors Society. Both organizations also provided financial support to Laureano, helping her travel to the CBSC national burn survivor conference in Calgary last summer.

One of her goals is to spread information about burn survivors that may not be well known, such as the different types of burns that exist.

‚ÄúMost people think of those injured in fires as burn survivors, but people can be burned¬†through many different ways ‚Äď chemical, electrical, gasoline, hot water, etc.”

Along with the website launch, Laureano is working on marketing After the Cocoon. She traveled to the World Burn Congress, an international burn survivors conference held in Milwaukee, and attended the Mamingwey conference to promote her project. She is also using social media (Facebook and Twitter) and previews on her blog to share information on the upcoming launch.

Ultimately, she wants the awareness built by the project to encourage people to donate to burn support organizations.

After the Cocoon is launching on February 9, 2013, to coincide with her 25th burn anniversary at the Fire Fighters Museum on 56 Maple St. Previews of the project can be viewed at

Special thank you to Jackie for writing this for me and if you’re interested in reading the article I wrote about her project, click here.