Meet our awesome friend Sam! Sam inspires us from his passion for life and his job, his resilience through the hardest of times, his love for his girlfriend, and his willingness to express his deepest values and opinions! Sam left the corporate world for the non profit sector, and is now making a lasting impact with the Movemeber foundation. Here’s what we wanted to ask Sam, and the amazing insight he shared with us:
What does a typical day in Sam’s shoes look like?
My day starts at 6:30am, and my alarm clock is my Spotify library on shuffle. I’m listening to music constantly throughout the day, I check for my earphones before my wallet every day. I’m out the door by 7:15am (most of the time) to catch my bus, then take the subway down 19 stops, then to the streetcar. I get to work early enough to brew coffee for the office most of the time.
I then take the first half hour of the day to skim through CBC/BBC news, check NHL scores from the previous night. From there if it’s a normal work day I’m in and out of meetings, working from my desk or on the couch/in our lounge area in our incredible office. My biggest flaw as a person is that I never pack and bring my own lunch (actively working on changing that, I swear). So to clear my head and take a break as well as get my lunch I take a walk down Queen st. to Loblaws and get a form of chicken with vegetables almost every day. Then I’m back at the office to eat. For the second half of my lunch break I go to the GoodLife across the street to get some lunch time cardio in! Rest of the day is typical work/meetings. After work I’m either on my way to a soccer game, but a lot of time after work I like to go to a Starbucks to get some more work done. I tend to do my best creative work after work hours so it’s when I’m most proactive (for some reason the aesthetic and environment of Starbucks really inspires me, as cheesy as that sounds.) I do that for a couple of hours then head back to North York or to my girlfriend’s place in Scarborough! Rinse & repeat J
What is going well/exciting you right now (aka making you amazed)?
What’s going well right now is: everything! I’m just so generally excited for the way my life is unfolding right now, both professionally and personally. We had an incredible campaign month during Movember and shattered a lot of Movember records. Specifically, I worked closely with the NHL & NHLPA and am now following that up with even more professional sport organizations to try and collaborate with the fundraising goals of Movember – my job is centred around working with elementary & high schools, University sports teams, & Sports generally, so this is a huge goal that is well on its way to being met right now.
Personally, I just moved in to a new place in the west end at the end of January, so I’m hyped about that!
What is the biggest challenge you are facing right now (aka making you confused)?
My biggest challenge right now is something that has perpetually plagued me most of my life; trying to keep everything focused and streamlined. I am admittedly not a very organized person and getting into the groove of routines is my greatest Achilles heel. I’m hoping that comes a bit easier as more of my responsibilities at work get ironed out and I take the leap in my personal life to organize things like preparing meals ahead of time or getting on a consistent work out schedule.
You have an amazing presence and sense of humour! What do you love about being the funny one in the room?
Wow, that’s so kind, I’m blushing!! Being the funny one in the room is a double edged sword, for sure. I use humour as a way to introduce myself and make conversation and for that it is indisputably advantageous. It also draws a lot of attention to you. I’m a classic early 20’s white guy, so obviously I have a bit of an ego, so for the most part I enjoy the attention. But there’s always a line between being funny and going over the top, and as I’ve gotten a bit older I’ve begun to realize when my humour is pushing it. But to answer the question: It’s great, I got extremely lucky that I’m able to and comfortable in talking to any stranger and trying to crack a joke, or staying light on my feet and reacting to whatever happens. People tend to feel better opening up to the guy who is always super eccentric and genuinely interested in you, so I’m constantly learning small personal tidbits about people’s lives!
What is your number one tip for going after what you love?
My number one tip for going after what you love sounds obvious but it’s helped me so far: remind yourself every day about what it is that you love. Keep that passion at the forefront of everything you do. For example, in my own life: I’ve always participated in Movember every year. My uncle was diagnosed with prostate cancer 9+ years ago and is living with the disease even now. Because it affected myself and my family it became a personal passion of mine to help raise money for programs that benefit men like my uncle. To this day it’s been the only routine I’m 100% adamant about and I’ve almost absorbed Movember as a part of my personality. I realized then, at a young age, that I wanted to live to and work to help other people, those less fortunate. I took a natural empathy/sympathy for others and I wanted to make it a career. Long story short – I worked for a well known media company for 3.5 years and I began to absolutely despise it, busting my tail every day and helping no one except a media conglomerate that treated its employees terribly. The combination drove me to quit my job, come to Toronto to take a Nonprofit Management & Leadership post-grad program, and I’ve had the pleasure of working at two nonprofit organizations since. Unfortunately, my father passed away really suddenly in May of 2018, complications of his prostate cancer, and ultimately a second cancer. When I tell you that working at the Movember Foundation is a dream come true, I mean quite literally this has been my passion and what I love for 9+ years. Keeping my father’s passing at the forefront of my mind every day is not as morbid and depressing as it sounds. It is a constant reminder and motivation to wake up in the morning and f**king crush that day – not just get through it. It pushes me every day to keep fighting for what I love. Obviously not everyone is going to have such a powerful experience but I think the reminder holds true, otherwise. Find what motivates you and keep that in focus every day, whether it’s calendar reminders, writing it on your hand, putting it as your phone background, confiding in a close friend or family member, whatever. Don’t lose sight.
Is there anything you'd like to tell us about your experience with the Movember foundation so far?
You can probably take some of that NOVEL I wrote up there but the sentiment remains: Movember Foundation is actively helping people. The culture in this office is contagiously positive and uplifting. It is not just an incredible place to work, it is a network of emotional support from colleagues turned to friends in such a short period of time. Coming to work and busting my ass to help those in need has given me the lightest heart and tears well up in me every time I talk about my work because I am so passionate about this job, this sector, and doing my small part in making tomorrow an even better place.
Keep it up Sam! <3 :)
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