Meet Ashley DaParteira
Ashley is one of our newest employees working in the Community Services department. Ashley began with SECC as a tutor and with the SPARK program,. We’re happy to have her as part of our team!
Q: How long have you worked at SECC?
A: I will be coming up on three months.
Q: What do you remember about your first day?
A: During my orientation, I remember interrupting a meeting in the Employment Services section of the building to introduce myself, and being informed or cautioned that I may hear Kerry Kraus singing Neil Diamond from time to time. I remember thinking to myself who is Neil Diamond? I still to this day have no idea who Neil Diamond is.
Interviewer’s note: If you’re like Ashley and don’t know who Neil Diamond is. THIS is the fabulous Neil Diamond.
Q: What is the highlight of your career here at SECC?
A: I have only been an employee for a short period of time; although I would say the highlight of my career here thus far, is being able to ensure and enhance in some small way, the health and well-being of our awesome clients, whether it is through physically delivering meals, performing security check calls, or simply taking the time to interact with them and learning how wonderful and unique each and every client is.
Q: What is your favourite song of all time?
A: I enjoy listening to many different genres of music and so it is hard for me to pick “one” favourite song. Although, if I have to pick one, perhaps it would be “Foolish Games” by Jewel.
Q: Name one thing on your bucket list.
A: Watching Team Portugal play in a World Cup soccer match in person.
Q: Who was the one person who had the greatest impact on you and why?
A: Many individuals have impacted me; however, I think I would be doing a disservice to my parents if I did not say that they had the greatest impact on me, especially my mother. I learned the value of hard work from witnessing them work hard, but also by listening to their immigration stories. My mother also helped foster my egalitarian beliefs as well as my understanding of the necessity of being both compassionate and grateful. She always told me to try and have no prejudices and love everyone just the same no matter their beliefs, sexual orientation, race and so on.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Since grade six, I have always wanted to become a police officer.
Q: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A: I would learn how to renovate houses such as doing electrical, plumbing, tiling etc.
Q: What was the greatest meal you have ever eaten?
A: Aztec Soup with a cajeta filled Churro for dessert.
Interviewer’s Note: Aztec Soup looks delicious. Click HERE for a recipe.
Q: You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you going to go?
A: I would try to get an indirect flight to Portugal with very long lay overs in Madrid, Spain and Peru
Q: If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
A: I would choose the ripe age of 40 because hopefully by then I will have accomplished a vast amount of things I wanted to do in my life. Also, I have heard that 40 is the new 30… Just look at Floyd Mayweather, he is in incredible shape. Therefore, I would still hopefully be physically fit enough to remain active and to survive in a zombie apocalypse.
If you see Ashley out delivering Meals on Wheels, say hello and for more information on Community Services click HERE