If there’s one word to describe Marla, it would be: organized. Marla makes sure that everything in our office is running smoothly and efficiently. Marla’s days are always packed full with accounting, recruitment, managing our admin team, payroll and so much more, and we would be completely lost without her.
She can always be found playing foosball over the lunch hour, and her spare time is filled with gardening and cooking.
We asked Marla to answer a few questions about herself. Here’s what she had to say:
If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
In the colder months, you are apt to find me in the kitchen making something delish for my family. In the summer, I am most likely found working outside in my flower garden. Regular doses of sunshine and ‘dirt therapy’ are good for the soul.
When I’m not cooking or gardening, you might find me at a yoga class.
What kinds of food do you like?
A better question might be “What foods don’t I like?” It’s both a blessing and a curse. I do, however, have an exceptional weakness for desserts containing whipping cream or cream cheese.
What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
Italy. I travelled there with a school group during the spring of my Education internship. It was the first time this small town Saskatchewan girl was exposed to amazing food, amazing art, and amazing architecture.
Favorite pasta: baked mac and cheese … I wish now that I would have asked for the recipe or at least for a list of cheeses.
Favorite artist: Michelangelo … indescribable genius with both brush and chisel
Favorite city: Firenze / Florence … birthplace of the Italian Renaissance located in the heart of Tuscany
I have so many incredible memories of that country.
What do you like best about your job?
The people here are outstanding, and that is by design. We work very hard sourcing and keeping the cream of the crop. It has served us well, and I am very proud to have played a central role in cultivating this team over the past decade. I am continually humbled by the talent we have on staff.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
I’d like to get Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) at a table with Bear Grylls (Man vs Wild) and throw in Keith Urban for good measure. It might not be suitable dinner conversation, but it is guaranteed to be an unforgettable evening of stories and song.
What are the words you live by?
Celebrate the small stuff. We are so conditioned to celebrating the big events in our lives, but it’s actually our everyday successes that give us satisfaction in a job well done and an appreciation of the life we lead. Ask anyone here, and they will tell you that it doesn’t take much to get me cheering about something. … and yes … I DO have a happy dance.
If you could own one piece of famous art, sculpture, memorabilia or historic artifact, what would the item be?
A piece of glass by Dale Chihuly. His work is organic and colourful.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Time travel. I’d love to be able to pop to another country or into another decade in the blink of an eye to experience new people and places.
What is something about you that few people know?
That I have a Computer Science background and started at Point2 on the Caterpillar development team as a Usability Specialist before I moved into Administration.
That I’ve been with my hubby since 1980. We met in high school.