Vancouver, Canada
Tia, 30
Director of People & Culture, Thinkific
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What do you do and why do you do it?

During the day, I help hire and nurture amazing people at our educational tech company, Thinkific. I do this because there is nothing more exciting to me than matching others to their dream jobs—and making a huge impact on the world through our product. On the weekends, I'm a doting dog mom—my husky Gronk keeps me and my husband busy and gets us out of the house.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Honestly—I haven't really had a terrible job. The least satisfying was probably as a busser at Earls because really, it was the bottom of the food chain. Learned some value lessons early as a teenager about what I *didn't* want to do with the rest of my life, though!

Were you born and raised in Vancouver? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Vancouver?

Nope! I moved to Vancouver in 2013 after having lived in Prince George (in Northern BC) my whole life prior to that. We came down to Vancouver for my husband's job—I landed my first job in tech and haven't looked back!

What’s your current hood in Vancouver and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

We currently live in Yaletown. It's super central to everything (shops, restaurants, nightlife, parks, the Seawall and the rest of downtown) so we can get most things we need pretty conveniently. The only downside is the higher cost of living :)

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I am a country girl through and through, but am open to just about everything—except disco. Ugh.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Oooh—I can't remember the last time this happened but when I'm in a downer mood I listen to a lot of acoustic covers or slow country.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

One Tree Hill: One of the ultimate borderline adult but full of teen angst series. Gossip Girl: Uh hello, Blake Lively and then Blair & Chuck's ultra-turbulent relationship ... Big Little Lies: SO. MUCH. DRAMA. And fantastic acting. That last episode was the best of any series I've ever seen. Give us more! ... Trading Spaces: Remember that? Oh, the good ol' days of "reality" TV.

Name some spots in Vancouver that are good for a Tinder date.

Never been on one buuut I'm guessing something fun like Back and Forth Bar, Guilt & Company or The Warehouse would keep things casual.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Donald Trump obviously — also Ryan Reynolds because I think he'd fire back so hard.

Who’s your hero and where in Vancouver would you take them out for a serious hang?

I don't really have a hero but I think Lady Gaga is a bad ass and would love hanging out here. We'd hit some spots on Davie street and maybe sing karaoke!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm an Aritzia and Lululemon addict, with a few basics thrown in from H&M. I actually don't really love clothes shopping lately—I stock up on basics at the beginning of each season and that's that.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I love exploring but in all honesty rarely venture across the water in any direction.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Ride my bike! I need to make more time for that.

Where do you go in Vancouver for a casual night out?

A casual night out usually starts at somewhere like The Parlour or Doolin's (if I'm at home) or The Alibi Room (if I head out right after work), then there's not really any such thing as casual if it's the weekend so it always ends at Numbers ;)

Where would you go in Vancouver to celebrate some freaking good news?

Definitely Rodney's—full to the brim tumblers of wine and low tide oysters on special.

What’s your choice of transportation in Vancouver and why?

I walk whenever I can, SkyTrain if it's kinda close but I'm lazy, otherwise I drive my Mini Countryman. Cabbing is awful but sometimes necessary, especially when it's raining.

What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Earnest Ice Cream, Granville Island

What are the Vancouver spots tourists should run from screaming?

The Aquarium, Science World (unless you have kids or you go to one of the adult nights) and Deep Cove if it's a sunny day (parking is a nightmare).

Tomorrow’s your last day in Vancouver. How do you spend it?

Is it sunny?! On a patio for sure, a walk to the beach and a hike nearby.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

So far, Santorini. I've never seen a place that looks so much like a postcard! But that might change the more I travel!

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