We first encountered Bobby in Sept 2013. She was still in school (Michigan State University) and working at a long-time client, Canadian Adventure Camp, during the summers. She had seen our job posting at camp and wrote this great email to us – it basically said “I am still at school but I love the idea of working at CampBrain when I am done – how can I prepare myself?” Bobby continued to stay in touch over the next year, true to her word….and we hired her when she completed Summer 2014 at CAC. We figured if someone was this motivated to remain in the camp community, it had to be a good thing for our camps! We were right. Bobby is warm, friendly, calm (see influence of Yoga), smart and has a huge love of camp. She also takes her Q and A pretty seriously as you will see…

Q: My nickname growing up was…..

I had many! Some popular ones were Bobula, Bobaloo, Bob the slob McCob (thanks to my loving older brother), Bubi, Bob-stick-a-loo-la (yes friends and family thoroughly enjoyed my name)

Q: My favourite toy growing up was….

I had (/still have at my parents house) a rag doll that I absolutely loved! One time she fell out of the car in a supermarket parking lot when I was about 3.. we drove back looking for her and she was still there, chillin in our parking spot! It was a big day leaving her behind when I went to university but the parental unit has taken good care of Pappas (that’s her name).

Q: My favourite toy currently is….

My kindle! I love to read!

Q: The thing I love most about coming to work every day… I love learning about the different camps we work with! Chatting with our awesome clients is always interesting and it’s great to know that we are helping them run these really creative, fun programs for campers

Q: When I’m not at work, you can usually find me….

At a yoga studio or gym. I have been practicing yoga for almost 6 years now and am actually a certified teacher as well…Namaste

Q: If I didn’t work at CampBrain, I would probably be….

Probably still working at camp!

Q: My special talent is….

Healthy Baking! I love creating nourishing versions of my favourite treats! – and the occasional “unhealthy” versions…

Q: The worst present I have ever received from someone is….

There is no such thing as a BAD present! It’s the thought that counts 🙂

Q: The worst present I have ever given someone was…

I think I’m a pretty good gift giver and I like to get thoughtful and creative with my gifts so when I end up giving someone a gift card.. I feel pretty boring.

Q: How many times do you hit the snooze button before getting out of bed?

Probably 5. I actually set my alarm with plans of snoozing

Q: My favourite activity at camp is…

“Tarzan and Tan” the camp I worked at has an awesome Tarzan rope hanging over the lake from a pretty high ledge! Campers can choose to swim over and swing off the rope or hang out on the dock and tan. It’s pretty awesome.

Q: What is the most embarrassing music you ever owned?  Do you still own it?

For a very very long time, the opening cheer/ song to “Bring it On” was on my iPod from back in 2004 when my friends and I decided we should learn all the words. Then iTunes remembered this MP3 or something and somehow any iPod or iPhone I synced with iTunes after that would have it… This made for some interesting instances with friends clicking “Shuffle” in university and later in life… I have since deleted this track from iTunes… And yes, I do still know all the words!

Q: If you could own a non-traditional pet which would it be?

Probably an elephant! They’re such gorgeous compassionate and intelligent creatures! I wouldn’t “own” one though as that would be cruel in Toronto as the yards are small-ish so maybe just an elephant friend that I go visit sometimes and bring treats to.

Q: What is one of your favourite quotes?

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha 

Q: Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)?

I used to LOVE the Sims! I would come home from school and play for hours at a time! I had almost every expansion pack and awesome Sim families and pets. I don’t know how or when I stopped….or why….hmm… wonder if there is a new one out…

Q: Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

Not usually – I try to avoid shoes with laces as by the time I’m actually putting on my shoes, Rocketman is telling me the bus is 3 minutes away and I don’t have time for laces! (for those who don’t know, Rocketman is a Toronto app which tells me to the second when public transport is arriving)

Q: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I would truly love to meet Rachel Brathen if we’re being honest. She is so inspiring to me!

Q: Favourite smell:

I love the smell when it’s not raining yet but it’s going to. It makes me feel intuitive and connected to the earth being able to smell that it’s about to rain (Yes I realize the clouds being dark will also give this away)

Q: What I miss most about being at camp….

I miss not needing a phone or money or anything in my pockets! If I didn’t know where someone was, I’d just go find them at the sailing dock or arts and crafts shed or know that I’d see them at lunch time. If I needed to tell someone back home something, I’d write them a letter and make a little bracelet to include with it. I also miss the seeing people (yes people not just children) get SO excited their entire face would light up and their smile would be bigger than its ever been because they reached the top of the climbing wall or shot a bull’s eye at archery or finally got up on one ski!

Q: What is the farthest you have been from home?

I have always travelled and moved a lot. Most of my life this was done with my parents so i was always “home” no matter where we were living but when I was in my second year of university in Michigan, my parents moved from the Dominican Republic (an easy 5 hour flight away in the same time-zone) to the Philippines which from Michigan can take about 20 or more hours to reach and was a 12 hour time difference! Figuring out when was a good time to phone “home” was difficult (there may have been a few forgetful moments on my part calling at around 3pm my time…oops) – that felt the farthest

Perhaps, we should have Bobby lead a Yoga session at our User Conference in October (29th and 30th).

Hope you are having a fabulous summer so far!