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I hear you are looking for a UX designer, and I thought I should introduce myself! My friends think I’m friendly, funny and out going, I love people and solving the mysteries of life. I drink tea like its my super power, learning new skills drives me forward, being creative keeps me involved, and puppies make me laugh! I believe our relationships with each other and the world we live in show a mirror of who we really are at our core, and how we treat those relationships should have a positive effect, leaving a legacy of striving to be kinder and our impact should leave things better then they were before we came along.

I’m an artist, designer, creator and constant adventurer explorer of all things. Growing up in Vancouver BC gave me the opportunity to embrace all kinds of adventurous things from mountainous hikes and road trips to the unique pockets of diversity that weave the fabric of our beautiful city. All of these experiences have spurred on my Tintin like adventures around the globe, as well as fueling my curiosity to understand people and what drives them to do what they do. Working with teams in a variety of disciplines I have been able to recognize and develop processes and systems to search out innovative solutions for abstract problems. I believe in strong open communication, taking ownership of my data-driven decisions and value integrity when immersing myself in the design process. I have a thriving fascination with people and solving problems from all angles. Promoting conversations, asking questions, and fostering ideas till an optimal solution has been found and can be refined. My curiosity keeps me passionate, my sense of adventure keeps me grounded, and my constant thrust for knowledge keeps me on technologies cutting edge.

I also thought I’d share some other fun facts about me too!

On Monday’s we get creative:

My best friend and I have dedicated Mondays to self development, we actively try new things, look at ways to develop totally random skills, learn new things, and explore ways to get back to what makes us happy, centered and will enrich our lives. These things have included:

  • learning to knit
  • learning better ways to budget
  • harnessing our inner master chef
  • mountain top sunset hikes
  • going to gong bath meditation
  • sewing experiments
  • and so much more!

Keeping it interesting:

I have always been obsessed with trying new things, learning and growing, chasing the experience and embracing my nerdy-ness! I have had the opportunity to perform onstage with the Vancouver Opera (in a non singing capacity) on over 10 shows, being everything from a “member of the crowd” to being called out for being the “lady who donated the cups” and having to perfect a massive, quick moving wig gag in front of a packed house! You can currently catch me in Puccini’s La Boheme.
My other nerdy pursuits have included things like learning to drive the Stanley Park Mini Train, knitting up a storm, learning Feng Shui, and how to change a tire on my car.

Adventure:

A big part of what keeps me excited about UX and about life is getting away from it all and going on an adventure! I have traveled all over the world, camped and hiked big multi-day treks in the wilderness and even drove to the totality line of the 2017 eclipse in Oregon with 3 friends and a pinhole camera (yes there is some embarrassing video somewhere of me freaking out about “the science” of it all) I know I can’t always fly off to an exotic location when the mood hits so I simply look for the everyday little things that keep me present, and inspired.  I  always enjoy walking a new way home!

Vancouver Lifesaving Society teaches kids all about water safely, works at events like the Celebration of Light and Olympic Qualifying triathlons to keep the participants and the public safe. They liaise with emergency services performing triage on any injured parties, and create safe spaces for the public to come out and enjoy all that this city has to offer. I am proud to work with them at some of the cities largest events, mentoring younger volunteers, and with all the wonderful people who come out to learn about water safety.

Ajyal Centre (Language Learning Partners) was a wonderful experience where I worked with fellow volunteers in group and one on one to situations teaching English to Syrian refugees that had come to Canada, helping them with the language as well as cultural differences adjusting to a new country. My time here ended when the program was switched from nights to weekday afternoons, I loved the teaching and the learning I did here, though my Arabic is horrible!

Linus Project Making quilts for children and at-risk youth who have been hospitalized or taken from their living situations with nothing to call their own, the Richmond chapter of the Linus Project aims to bring comfort to those in need. My work there usually involved helping source and organize fabric for making quilts, colour matching, cutting and preparing the quilts to be sewen together by the team of seniors that come together and have a huge quilting bee making 75-100 blankets in a span of 8 hours.

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