1) When did you begin working with Skills Canada Alberta?
I started working with Skills Canada Alberta in January of 2015, so nearly 3 years ago! Karen Woitas, our Partnership Lead, and I both started on the same day.
2) How did you first get involved with Skills Canada Alberta?
I had spent the last couple of years working for another non-profit and knew how much I enjoyed the variety of work that you get to do in the field of communications while working for that type of organization. So when it came to finding a new role, Skills Canada Alberta just seemed like the perfect fit!
3) What is your role with Skills Canada Alberta, and what types of programs/initiatives etc. would some of our Skills followers be contacting you/communicating with you about?
My role with SCA is Communications Coordinator. That means I work on our social media platforms, website, and on things like our calendars, posters and other print materials. One of my favorite projects though has to be the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at our Provincial Skills Canada Competition.
4) What has been one of your best memories/experiences while working with Skills Canada Alberta?
I think one of the best memories I have with SCA (so far) is traveling to Brazil for WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. Having the opportunity to volunteer at an international event just provided me with so much more insight into the overall objectives of the global organization. I loved having the chance to meet and work with people from all over the world, some of them working for other Skills organizations, and some of them just volunteers passionate about what it is we do.
5) What is your favorite thing about working with Skills Canada Alberta/why do you like working here?
My favorite thing about working for SCA is being able to see the growth in students when they start and end their journey with us. Especially students who compete with us for multiple years, you really get to see how their skills have improved, and how much more confident they are in themselves and in their abilities. And to see what some of our past competitors continue to do with their careers is truly awe-inspiring.
6) Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
One of my greatest passions is traveling, I hope to see as much of this world as I can! I spent this past summer traveling through Europe, and two of my favorite places were Edinburgh and Prague. My favorite meal definitely had to be the schnitzel in Berlin though!
7) If you could learn any trade or technology, which one would it be and why?
I think I would want to learn Graphic Design. It's something I've always found to be really interesting! To see what people can do with imagery, color composition, text, and graphics, etc. is really fascinating. Plus I think it's the communications professional in me that just really wants to know more about the work that goes into designing a finished product.