The Faces of Point2 – Tanya Spilchak


TanyaSpilchak01July 2009Title: Education Coordinator
Started at Point2: September 2007

Tanya was originally hired at Point2 in our Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada based office, but moved to San Diego to hang out with the folks at our sister company RealTown a couple of years ago. Tanya creates and maintains all of the courses for the Point2 University.

Around the office, Tanya is known for her love of scrap booking and for baking tasty treats to bring into the office!

We asked Tanya to answer a few questions about herself. Here’s what she had to say:

What is your favorite type of music?
I am very eclectic in my tastes, so I tend to listen to what fits my mood at any given time.  My iPod has playlists designed to match any day, any mood!  Since moving to San Diego from our Saskatoon office, I have been going to a lot of local bands’ shows.  My top favorites: One I Red, The Beautiful View, East of Sweden, Bella Novela.  Check out their live shows on YouTube!

What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I have always been a voracious reader of novels, plays, and poetry.  I don’t think I have a favorite, although I love anything from Shakespeare, poetry from the Romantics, Frankenstein, and The Great Gatsby, which I will argue is the Great American Novel, and not Huckleberry Finn!  Lately, I’ve been reading through George R. Martin’s series “A Song of Fire and Ice”, which is the basis for the television show “Game of Thrones”.  I’m not usually into fantasy, but his characters and writing are extremely engaging and I can’t put the books down!

What is your favorite movie of all time?
I have never been a movie buff, although my boyfriend, Tom, is, so I’ve seen more movies in the last sixteen months than in my entire life!  I remember my first movie in the theater being “Fantasia”, which launched my love of all things Disney.  Another life-long favorite has been the Star Wars series.  Droids, ships, Jedi, the Death Star, and Vader – what’s not to love?

If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
I love spending time with loved ones, or else scrap booking.  It’s so much more than recording events and photos: it’s preserving memories that are special and important for the years to come.

What kinds of food do you like?
I’m Ukrainian, so anything with garlic or onions!  San Diego has some great culinary options, so I’ve been trying a lot more seafood and Mexican fare.  The fruit down here is absolutely incredible!

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
Texas!  I absolutely love that state’s honesty, bluntness, cowboy, laid-back good ‘ole charm!  I love travelling, and would love to do a tour of England, Ireland, and Scotland one day.

What do you like best about your job?
The people.  I know that most people say that, but it is the truth.  My coworkers are amazing, talented, funny people, and I love spending my days with them!

If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
Growing up, I was always told that I was a lot like my Great Grandma Bryan, who passed years before I was born.  I’d love to have the chance to meet her, as well as have my deceased Grandma and Mom back for a four-generation dinner.

What are the words you live by?
There are a lot of quotes that have had an impact on my life at various stages, but words that have stayed with me my entire life are from a Robert Frost poem: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  You need to follow the path in life that makes sense for you, regardless of societal convention, familial expectations, or other people’s assumptions.  I attribute my happiness to always keeping those lines in my heart.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy.  I think I’ve done a good job of this in recent years!

Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?
I took French throughout school, I know a few Ukrainian words and phrases, and I’ve been picking up some Spanish.  I would love to be fluent in all three.

If you could own one piece of famous art, sculpture, memorabilia or historic artifact, what would the item be?
I think art should be shared with the world, so prefer it remain in museums for all to visit.  One day I’d like to view Renoir’s paintings up-close.

What are some things on your bucket list?
I would say a trip to Britain, a Disney cruise to Alaska, and to see all the States and Provinces.

What was your last Do It Yourself project?
With the assistance of my carpenter Dad, I totally remodeled my kitchen and bathroom and redid the paint, flooring, cupboards, tub, etc.  It was a huge learning experience.  Unfortunately, I moved to our San Diego office a year later, so didn’t get to enjoy the double ovens as much as I would have liked!

What athlete or sports figure do you most admire?
I think athletes and sports figures are given too much status for what they do.  There are so many other people doing great humanitarian work who should have more attention drawn to their efforts.

What online sites do you visit?
I absolutely love Google and use it more than any other site!  It’s important to me to stay in touch with friends in Canada, so Facebook is another favorite.  I also love online ordering through Amazon (it may be intervention time, actually!).

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
This is a tough question, as who wouldn’t want to be able to read minds or instantly heal or be able to control the elements?  My favorite superhero is actually Batman because he’s a regular guy who trained hard and uses gadgets to make a difference.  I think that’s commendable.  It’s also inspiring, as it implies that anyone, at any time, could be a superhero!

What is something about you that few people know?
I used to be very engaged in the arts: I acted in and directed multiple productions, I have my Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music certificate and Grade 2 Theory in piano, and I have had my poetry published before.  Other loves have taken precedence in recent years, but I cherish that period of my life.

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