January 15, 2020
We’d like to introduce you to Evelyn Kwan. She recently joined our team as the School and Information Administrator. Please contact Evelyn for school bookings, inquiries about the Festival’s Adopt-a-Class program, and general inquiries about the Festival. Learn more about Evelyn below!
Can you tell us a little about your role at the Festival?
In my current role, I act as the frontline in the office, I’m the first to be contacted. I handle answering phone calls, processing school bookings and payments, booking ad sales, and many other helpful back-end roles to help prepare for the Festival. When you call into the office, I will be the first one answering your questions.
What are your initial thoughts and experiences?
I’ve noticed how positive and intimate the work environment is here. It is a great place to build connections with your coworkers and to get to know them better. During my first week I felt overwhelmed with information, but I love to learn new things.
Please tell us why you decided to get involved with the Festival?
The Festival is a great way to keep kids creative while having fun. The Festival performances allow children kids to experience something new and maybe even develop a future passion.
Have you attended the Festival before?
Unfortunately, I have not. It would have been fun to go to this event when I was a kid but I will experience the Festival vicariously through children that attend the Festival as part of our Good Neighbours program. Through this program, we help lower income families experience the Festival when they might not normally be able to attend.
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
My favourite thing to do is go hiking when the weather is nice and sunny. It is a great way to get exercise and explore the different parts of BC. I enjoy the whole experience – driving to the location, hiking on different trails, and seeing beautiful British Columbia with my friends and my retired dad. My dad likes to tag along and do photography (because you focus on your hobby once you are retired!)
What do you wish other people knew about the Festival?
It is actually a great opportunity to watch spectacular shows at a decent price. This year, we are offering a show called A Simple Space, and I heard that this show typically costs about $65 to experience.
What would you consider your hidden talent?
I am not sure what my hidden talent is, so I found a quiz online to decide for me! After taking the quiz, the results indicated that my hidden talent is seeing the big picture. Supposedly, “[I’m] really good at seeing the forest for the trees. [I] have a talent for inspiring people, getting big projects underway, and focusing on the end goal to keep others moving on the smaller parts. [I’m] not scared off by a big endeavour if the end result is worth shooting for.” Funny enough, this is actually pretty accurate.
How are you involved in your community?
During my part-time job, I go to about eight different community events each month to participate and to get people to sign up for the company. It is a great way to interact with different people all while experiencing local community events.
What part of the Festival are you looking forward to the most?
I am actually most excited to see kids running around enjoying themselves and the Festival. It means that all the team’s hard work has been fulfilled.
How do you get creatively playful?
I do two things: look at current memes and write. Memes are always changing, and I find them hilarious, especially the ones that are relatable. I also enjoy writing as an outlet. I have written articles before and some were even published!