Saskatonians is where we feature and recognize people within the community of Saskatoon, showcasing the great things that they do, what they like and how they make Saskatoon great!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Saskatoon?
I was born in Humboldt, but I grew up on our family farm near Tessier, Saskatchewan. I moved to Saskatoon in 2013 for school and have been here ever since!
What is your favourite restaurant in Saskatoon?
I love food so it’s hard to pick a favourite, but I would have to say Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery in the McNally Robinson bookstore. I also love Bon Temps, Las Palapas, Leyda’s, and Calories.
What is your favourite activity in Saskatoon?
Kayaking on the river in the summertime! Our river is beautiful, and I have to take advantage of it when it isn’t frozen over. The Farmer’s Market is also a great weekend activity – my sister and I enjoy grabbing a coffee from Last Mile Coffee Truck and browsing all the local vendors.
If you could change one thing about Saskatoon, what would it be?
Realistically, I’d like to see even further measures to provide resources to our homeless population – more meal programs in our education system, special healthcare services such as safe injection sites, etc. If I were magic, I would want to make our weather milder. I love that we get both summer and winter weather here, but if we could avoid extreme heat and cold, that would be great.
What’s the best thing about living in Saskatoon?
I think Saskatoon really knows how to make the most of what it’s got. Things like the Berry Barn, the Prairie Lily Riverboat, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, and the U of S campus are just great examples of how Saskatoon knows what it can do and does it right!
Where do you work and what do you do?
I work at the Saskatoon SPCA as their Humane Education & Public Relations Coordinator. It’s both an interesting and a challenging job. I love the opportunities this position has given me to meet some incredible people in our community. It also encourages me to step out of my comfort zone, as I have been learning how to work with the media as well as gaining lots of practical communication skills.
What other interesting jobs have you had?
My first job was as a coach at the Rosetown Gymnastics Club when I was in high school. My first two summers out of high school were spent as a host, designing exhibits and giving tours at the Harris & District Museum. After that, I worked as a server at Moxie’s here in Saskatoon for two and a half years. All were very interesting jobs that provided me with extremely valuable work experience!
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Costa Rica. My family has travelled there a couple times and I miss it so much! The landscape there is breathtaking and it’s very diverse – you can zipline through the rainforest one day and then relax on the beach the next. The variety of wildlife is amazing, and the local cuisine is to die for! I could go on… but a day in Costa Rica always seems to provide the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
When I was working at Moxie’s, I once spilled a tray of bellinis on a gentleman whose family I was serving. What made it even worse is that he was super nice about it for the rest of the evening, even though his nice dress shirt was soaked in bellini slush! I felt horrible.
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I am terrified of frogs! I love animals, and I can handle being around pretty much anything we may have at the shelter (including rats, tarantulas, snakes, etc) but something about frogs sends me into panic mode. I think it’s the unpredictable jumping that makes me uncomfortable.
If you could have only one meal the rest of your life what would it be?
Fresh salsa, guacamole, and refried beans with plantain chips. Lemonade and rooibos tea to drink, and raspberry cheesecake for dessert!
What type of music do you listen to?
I generally conform to liking whatever pop/rock music is big at the moment (Ed Sheeran, T-Swift, Shawn Mendes, Adele) but my all-time favourite bands would have to be One Republic, X Ambassadors, and Our Lady Peace. Lately I’ve been liking James Arthur and Alessia Cara. I’m also a big fan of Elton John.
Who is your hero?
My parents. They raised me on the farm, but they both pursued professional careers outside of the farm life as well. Their work has been very inspiring to me, because it makes me hopeful that I can one day return to the farm to raise a family without having to give up my career.
What is your favourite thing to spend money on?
I love treating myself to jewellery from Hillberg & Berk. All their pieces are incredibly beautiful, and I love that they were founded right here in Saskatchewan. I also buy a lot of books, even though I don’t really have time to keep up with reading them.
If you could retire tomorrow what would you do?
I’ll be cliché and say travel. I want to see and experience as much of the world as possible!
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
I’m not that much of a risk-taker when it comes to food… I once had escargot-stuffed mushroom caps, only because I ate them before I knew what was in them. They were delicious!
What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid?
I was pretty mean to my little sister growing up. She’s a tough one, but I was definitely a bully.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Eddie Redmayne, Taron Egerton, and Pete Davidson from SNL.
Your biggest pet peeve is what?
I hate seeing people waste food.
Name someone that you think deserves some recognition.
Keith Willoughby. He was my Operations Management professor in University and now he’s the Dean of the Edwards School of Business. His quick sense of humour and love of the CFL made him not only extremely entertaining in class, but also made the material very interesting and memorable. A prof’s enthusiasm is really important to me when it comes to education, because I love learning, but I think the traditional methods used in most learning institutions are really hard on a person’s mental health and wellbeing. When a prof makes even the final exam palatable, you have to give them credit!
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