I remember when I first came across the job description for this position, it clearly said “No tutus required” in pink bold letters. I now know that it was not a mistake, but a glimpse of Brooke Rose’s amazing personality and effort she has put into Bust a Move 2014.
My experience in this position has been nothing short of awesome. This is definitely not your typical 4 month intern position, as I did something different every day, was able to explore my own ideas, and most of all, learn.
During the interview, I remembered Brooke saying that not one day would be the same, but clearly did not know the extent of that. From fluffing tutus in Brooke’s car on a way to a Lunch n’ Learn, to learning how to use their unique data system, to making captain calls, I was sure in for a surprise every morning. I loved the spontaneity of this job though as I got to meet many different people and learn different skill sets. I think one of the more enjoyable, unique moments I got to participate in was the photo and video shoot we had with Catherine Vu. I thought it was so neat how I got to experience what it was like from start to finish in a professional manner. Although my time schedule was never predictable, I was more than happy to accommodate to it because I knew that I would also benefit from it while having lots of laughter.
One of the best parts of this position is that I was able to be creative and be flexible with how things were done. The team captain phone calls were one of my highlights because I was able to talk to the participants about anything and get to know them on a personal level. I was able to be creative and if they asked for ideas or resources, I would be able to help them find a solution that would work for them.
Lastly, I learned so much from just working at the Alberta Cancer Foundation. With Brooke as such an upbeat and energetic supervisor, I really learned how to adapt to situations and always find the positivity in everything. It was also such a joy to learn about people’s stories and their reasons for participating- I was really inspired to take action into what I am passionate about in order to make a difference. Even from just being in the office, I could tell that everyone is here because of what they are passionate about and that set an example for me in my future career.
The employees here were very supportive and entertaining. I loved how there was such a sense of community and team effort. It was definitely a pleasure to work here.
Thank you Brooke and everyone at the Alberta Cancer Foundation for such a fun and unique experience!
~By Charlotte Chan, Deputy Chief Bust a Mover & Alberta School of Business Student