Posted By: SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
Interview: Natasha James, Project Administrator, Design & Construction, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SBHR: Welcome Natasha, tell us your story.
NJ: I was raised on Vancouver Island. I moved to Vancouver in 1999 with my two best friends – we talked often about how fabulous it would be to move to the big city, so we made it happen.
I quickly rooted myself in the business world, where I knew I belonged. I feel grateful to have found SilverBirch, and look forward to what the future brings.
I measure success by working hard, achieving goals, choosing kindness and patience, building and nourishing relationships and helping others. I think this brings true happiness and fulfillment.
SBHR: What value(s) is (are) most important when you think about your role?
NJ: Integrity. Do what you say, do it the very best you can, do what you know is right.
SBHR: what do you “value” the most in your role?
NJ: Engagement. I’m inspired by the talent, intelligence, experience, respect, care and friendliness each SilverBirch associate offers. I enjoy coming to work, and that’s a really great feeling.
SBHR: You just wrote our March Blog as well, what a great read! Tell us about your most memorable Road Trip/Trip.
NJ: Thank you! I had a lot of fun writing it.
I was lucky enough to visit South Africa – an eclectic mix of majestic mountains, turquoise waters, beautiful winelands, great hospitality and gorgeous animals. I stayed in a guest home and was greeted each morning by the housekeeper from a local tribe whose legal name was ‘Wonderful’. I walked up to cheetahs, was surrounded by elephants, went great white shark cage diving and drove along the most stunning coastline I’ve ever seen.
SBHR: Who is your biggest role model and why?
NJ: My Mom is joyful, outgoing and is gifted with truly admirable human and communication skills. She is loved by many.
My Dad is incredibly passionate, generous and possesses a unique care for others. He has the power of positive influence and has made a huge impact to those in his life.
Both are activists with huge hearts. These are just a few reasons why my parents are my role models.
SBHR: What is something about you that people may be surprised to know?
NJ: When I was young, my family and I travelled to a third world country and I was shocked and saddened by the poverty I saw. I realized how very fortunate I was to live in Canada.
World Vision is a respected and highly impactful organization dedicated to people and communities affected by poverty and injustice. I’ve supported this organization for 15 years, and have made it my life long goal to continue.
SBHR: What is the oddest job you have had?
NJ: Working as a Chiropractic Office Assistant was odd in a different and unexpected way. Patients showed vulnerability, so creating a caring and healthy environment was key. It was interesting and meaningful to watch patients heal, and I learnt a lot about people, health and nutrition.