Samir (Film & Major Events Liaison)
What does a normal day in your role look, sound, and feel like?
It’s never a dull day here at the City’s Film & Major Events Office. From approving a big stunt on a City street for a new superhero movie, to picking out food truck vendors for our next festival - my days are always full of surprises, hard work, and lots of opportunities to work with the best people (both within and outside of the City).
What is your story? How did you get to where you are now?
I moved to Vancouver from Kenya for university in 2011 and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Sociology and Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice). To be honest, even after graduating university, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I had/have so many interests and I never felt like I could really pick just one thing. It quickly became apparent to me that rather than looking for the perfect position, what was important to me was:
- Doing work that aligned with my values;
- Having a role that was eclectic and pushed me to grow both my strengths and weaknesses; and
- Working with inspiring people.
I was initially offered a four-month contract to help support the City’s Major Events team during the Canada 150 celebration year. Three years and multiple projects later, I am still here and loving it!
What parts of your work inspire you?
- I am inspired by the creativity, dedication, and resilience of the people that I work with - especially in the arts, film, and events industry.
- I feel motivated when I see people from all walks of life enjoying and participating in our events.
- I feel really proud and humbled when I see something that was filmed in Richmond - I now know how much time and how many people it takes to get this work done!
- I feel inspired when I serve my community.
What advice would you give your Grade 9 self?
My advice would be to work hard, but allow yourself to have fun. You’re in this great stage in life, where you have responsibility but you also have a safety net. Take positive risks, ask questions, don’t be afraid to use your voice, and always remember your roots.