NBS Staff discuss their interests, their goals, and what drove them to pursue business sustainability.
What is your official job description at NBS?
At NBS, I have a variety of responsibilities including creating multimedia resources, planning and executing of community events, and increasing engagement and community between NBS’s members.
Why did you decide to work at NBS?
As a Global Development student at Queen’s University, I chose to work at NBS because I see the impact that sustainable businesses can make. Our society is at a critical point in time where a lack of urgent consideration for the climate crisis will have detrimental effects. At NBS, I have the opportunity to be a part of creating change.
How did you become interested in the area of business sustainability?’
I have always been interested in sustainability. I think a lot of that is rooted in my elementary Montessori education. There was great emphasis put on exploring the outdoors and learning in natural spaces whenever possible. For a 7th-grade innovation project, I decided to create biodegradable ‘packaging peanuts’ out of wood shavings and apple-cinnamon oatmeal I found in my pantry! Ever since, I have taken a strong interest in sustainability and through my education have realized business is a critical sector for change at this moment in time.
What are your interests outside work?
I am a group fitness instructor for SHINE Strength and Confidence, which promotes exercise for the purpose of feeling good instead of looking good. The organization’s mission has inspired my advocacy for self-love and closing the Confidence Gap. When in my university town, I also coach youth competitive cheerleaders and love exploring the perimeter of Lake Ontario with my roommates.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Though potentially clichéd, I think the best piece of advice I have received is to ‘be myself, because everyone else is taken’. I believe that having unique thoughts and experiences is a gift and something to be proud of. At times, I deliberately choose not to fit the mold that society tends to place on individuals.