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Meet the Team: Vasi Urvanova, Family Boarding Coordinator

Four months ago, Ms. Vasi Urvanova joined the GNS community as Family Boarding Coordinator. We get to know Ms. Urvanova, including what she likes about Victoria, and what she is looking forward to this year. 
1. What made you want to be part of the GNS community? 
Ever since I left my home country of Russia to pursue education in North America, I’ve felt most at home in small community-minded educational environments. So I figured that this was a sign, and I followed it to GNS—and boy, am I glad that I did!

2. What were you doing before coming to GNS? 
Right before I came to GNS I was WWOOFing/volunteering on an organic farm on Gabriola Island. I spent two beautiful months seeding, growing, and harvesting a variety of organic veggies. It was a humbling experience—to see the amount of work that goes into the creation of a single carrot. 

3. What do you like about being the Family Boarding Coordinator? 
Everything! But first and foremost—my students. Their bravery, dedication, open-mindedness, humour and hard work inspires me every day. I am honoured and delighted to be here to support them on their journeys. 

4. What are some of your interests? 
I’m an avid reader, so whenever I am not at work or out exploring Victoria, I am curled up in my bean bag chair at home, drinking tea in a company of a good book. I also love poetry—reading, writing, listening to, and performing. One of my dreams is to start a poetry club at GNS—shoot me an email if you’re interested!

5. What is something that most people don’t know about you? 
My office is open not only to Family Boarding/International Students! Anybody should feel free to stop by for a chat, or a snack, or both once restrictions are lifted. My office is at the end of the hall in the Main building, in case you’re wondering.

6. What do you like about living and working in Victoria?
Here are some of many things I love about Victoria:
  • I love that when it’s foggy, the whole city smells like the ocean. 
  • I find it endearing that people here say “thank you” when they’re stepping off the bus. 
  • I think it is very ‘Disney’ that deer just roam around the city and don’t seem to mind people or cars passing them by. 
  • I am also a big fan of the myriad of coffee shops around every corner. 
7. What are you looking forward to this year? 
Continuing to meet and get to know GNS community members. No matter who you are—a parent, teacher, staff, student or alumnus—if you see a curly blonde bobbing around, please say hi! I’d love to meet you!
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