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Ginette Lavack Walters

Executive director, Festival du Voyager

If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what's the one item contained within that you would try to take with you? (People, pets and computers not included.)

A candle holder that was my first gift from my now hubby. We had only been seeing each other for about a month at that point and didn't know each other very well, but he gave me this candle holder that was awesome and right up my alley. It's Moroccan in style, so has a global feel. And since I love travel, every time I look at it, it reminds me of that first Christmas we shared and the travel we have done and plan to do as a couple.

What's the one clothing/fashion item you can't live without?

An awesome pair of jeans and/or kick-ass shoes. I'm a bit of a clothes horse and I love accessories. So for jeans, it's a go-almost-anywhere kind of piece if it dresses them up (or down) right. With shoes -- well, a fabulous pair of shoes can make any outfit stand out! And you can really let your personal style shine.

What's your favourite knick-knack and why?

A Day of the Dead figurine of a guy playing the saxophone that my husband and I bought on our last trip to Mexico. We were both very drawn to those figures, and we love Mexico, so it's a nice souvenir of our trip. Since both my husband and I dabble in the events and music industries, we want to start a collection of Day of the Dead musician figurines.

What's the oldest thing you own?

A strand of trade beads called Dutch Delft beads from the early 1800s. I recently bought these during the North American Voyageur Council's annual fall gathering that was held in Winnipeg at Fort Gibraltar for the first time this past November. A gentleman who makes his living buying and selling trade beads (Glass River Beads), was peddling his wares at the event and I fell in love with this incredible strand of beads.

Describe your most beloved piece of furniture.

My coffee/dining room table -- it's convertible. It's a piece of furniture that my husband and I bought together for our newly redone living room. We have a small house with no dining room but we love to entertain. My husband scoped it out while in Toronto but in the end we found a similar table, one that we fell in love with, right here in Winnipeg at Kesay.

Is there an edible item we'll always find in your pantry or fridge?

Cheese. I'm French and I don't know what more I can say about that except cheese, glorious cheese! It's good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as a snack, as a hostess gift...

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 18, 2012 E2

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