November 01, 2017
We’d like to introduce you to Sophie Mines, the newest member of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival’s staff. Sophie has come on board as our new Education and Volunteer Coordinator. She will be replacing the extraordinary Diana Stewart-Imbert. Although she has big shoes to fill, we are confident that Sophie will rise to the challenge and be an excellent addition to the team! Please contact Sophie to book your school group tickets today! Learn more about Sophie below:
Tell us how you first got involved with The Festival
I first became involved with the Festival last year as the School Gate & Host Coordinator. I oversaw the arrival and departure of school groups as well as trained a team of hosts and matched them with school groups. I also took my kids to the Festival when they were younger.
What’s your first memory of the Festival?
I remember making masks with my daughter in one of the activity tents when the Festival was in Vanier Park. She was having such a great time, I couldn’t get her to leave! I also remember walking and splashing in the many puddles there.
What has surprised you most about working with the Festival?
The openness and creativity of the team that works here. It’s a big family atmosphere.
What do you wish other people knew about the Festival?
I wish they knew the amount of work it takes to put the Festival together and how the staff goes the extra mile to ensure that teachers, parents and kids have a great experience. That the Festival is dedicated to creating fond memories.
Can you tell us about your role at the Festival?
I reach out to teachers to bring school groups to the Festival and high school students as volunteers. I’ve been very lucky to be learning from Diana.
What traits do you need to do your job?
Patience and being a good listener a definite assets and well as being detailed oriented and resourceful.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The friendliness of everyone!
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
I love getting together with friends and exploring the city (and its fabulous food) on my bike. I can never refuse a sweet baked treat on my travels! I also love traveling and spending time with my family.
What would you consider your hidden talent?
As a teenager growing up in France, I took ice-skating lessons for a few years and got pretty good at it, to the point of landing backward toe pick jumps with grace. The love of sliding and speed has stayed with me in the form of Alpine skiing, which I still enjoy every winter!
What artistic talent do you have or wish you had?
I wish I had the body strength and artistic talent to climb an aerial silk and unwrap myself from it with style like a butterfly. I am always in awe when I go to a circus performance and witness the tricks of the silk artists. What an amazing feeling of freedom it must be! I also would love to speak another language like Spanish or Cantonese.
Name 3 things you love about your current neighbourhood.
I love shopping, walking and gardening in East Van.
What part of the festival are you looking forward to the most?
Seeing the expression on all the kids’ faces and the smile on the teachers’ faces.