Spotlight on New Staff

March 22, 2018 | News


Spotlight on New Staff We would like to welcome Jannie Szeto to the SafeCare BC team, as Programs Evaluation Manager. Jannie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and a Degree in Public Health/Environmental Health from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. This, along with over six years of direct patient care experience working as a kinesiologist and volunteer at BC’s largest rehabilitation hospital.

Q: What interested you about working at SafeCare BC?

A: When I first learned about SafeCare BC, the words: empower, injury prevention, and education, stood out. To me, these few words means opportunity to make a difference in the healthcare sector. The more I researched about the non-profitable association, the more I related to my previous experiences in healthcare. SafeCare BC is definitely the place where I can contribute my knowledge and experience. At the same time, I anticipate there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about workplace safety.

Q: What excites you about your new role?

A: With a passion in health promotion, my enthusiasm for my new role as Program Manager is placed greatly on making a positive difference by helping others; specifically, providing safety advice for injury prevention. My previous background as a Kinesiologist focused primarily on injury treatment. It was then when I realized most of the injuries are preventable with appropriate measures in the workplace. With that said, I am excited to take on new challenges on the various ways SafeCare BC has to offer individuals in the continuing care sector.

Q: What was your first, or most unusual job?

A: I was 16 years old when my aunt and uncle hired me to help out at their Chinese bakery. Not only that it was my first job, but it was a family business. I was particularly spoiled at the fact that I can eat as many egg tarts my stomach can hold that day. At times when we get a break from the long line-ups, I would try and persuade my uncle if I can help bake. My uncle would always have the same answer, “the ovens are very hot, and we don’t want you to get hurt. Leave it to the men, that’s our job.” Interestingly, that is when I noticed the men at the bakery worked the production line, while the women had the responsibility of selling the baked goods.

Q: If given a chance, who would you be for a day?

A: My grandmother was a great cook. If I can be her for a day, I would be able to cook a full Chinese meal from scratch for the entire family to enjoy.

Q: When not at work, what do you like doing in your spare time?

A: I love being outdoors, whether it is exploring local hikes, biking along city trails, or simply soaking up the sun at the many beaches the Lower Mainland has to offer. On other days, I try to stay active by attending fitness classes. Lately, I have taken an interest in barre classes – a combination of strengthening exercises and ballet dance. As a “foodie”, I really enjoy trying new local foods and going on coffee adventures with family and friends. Recently, I have been on the hunt for new ramen restaurants.

Q: What book are you currently reading?

A: I recently got my hands on the “Measure of My Powers: A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris”, by Jackie Kai Ellis. After watching an interview with the author and learning that she is the owner of one of my favorite bakeries, I was curious to know more about how her passion for food developed.

Q: What did you want to be growing up?

A: Growing up, I’ve always admired my aunt for her career as a flight attendant. On a weekly basis, she gets to travel to the other end of the world, exploring new places, and bringing back adventurous stories to share. At a young age, I have dreamed of traveling around the world like what she did. Now that she is happily retired, she continues to have her suitcase ready on stand-by.

Q: What is one thing we don’t know about you?

A: I got to try cuttlefish ink pasta in Italy. The entire dish was black from the ink and it tasted really nice. Return to Top