Tell us about your role with Spur.
I am the Development Manager at the Literary Review of Canada. I work with various partners that want to make a difference in their communities and share our vision of engaging citizens in a robust but entertaining dialogue about their vision for the future of Canada.
In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’? No internet, no cell phone, etc.
I ‘unplug’ every year when I visit Croatia for two weeks with my loved ones. My time is usually spent on the beach reading a good book, visiting museums or just people watching on the promenade.
Which book is currently on your nightstand?
I usually have a few books that I’m reading at one time on rotation. Snow by Orhan Pamuk, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchel, Sandman by Neil Gaiman. (It’s a graphic novel.)
What is the one item you never leave home without?
I’m very practical so wallet and keys.
Do you have any friends you have never met in person?
Do you have a favourite podcast?
I listen to The Current every day as part of my morning routine. I also like This American Life particularly the politically driven stories.
Who was the last person you texted?
My sister Leila who daily sends me adorable pictures of my nieces and nephews.
The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that you wish were a current reality?
I’ve never seen The Jetsons but based on this article I would choose robots by process of elimination. I get motion sickness so a trip to the moon is out of question. I don’t have a driving licence and flying cars seem like a logistical nightmare.
How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
Ideally I prefer communicating in person both at work or with friends but because Spur is a national initiative, I communicate with our partners and staff across Canada via email or by phone. I have lived, worked or studied in five countries and so rely on Skype a lot to connect with friends and family.
What do you love about the city in which you live?
I love Toronto’s diversity and opportunities to get involved in the community. I’m always on the go and there are so many ways to keep busy, from volunteering to cooking and 3D printing classes. I want to do it all!