What has been the biggest thrill while leading the charge at the Leftovers Foundation? Guiding a team that, to date, has rescued over $1 million worth of food.
What is one lesson or quote from a professor that has stuck? The day Professor Byron Miller taught about [urban planning activist] Jane Jacobs and her work. I was so enamoured by her life’s work; that’s when I knew I wanted to be an urban planner.
What, in your career, are you most proud of accomplishing? Creating the Leftovers Foundation because it fuels the social justice part of me — plus, I get to work with such amazing volunteers and team members.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Family dinner at my parents’ house.
What is your greatest fear? Currently, it’s loud noises that wake a sleeping baby, but also family falling ill.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Self-doubt.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Bigotry.
Which living person do you most admire? My parents . . . and Oprah.
What is your greatest extravagance? Any time I can sneak in a nap.
What is your current state of mind? I have a newborn at home, so pure joy but I am also very, very, very sleepy.
What is the quality you most like in a man? A sense of humour.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? All of them and a sense of humour.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Recently? “Let’s go change that diaper, my stinky boy!”
Who is the greatest love of your life? Our son, Lorenzo.
What is your most treasured possession? A photo of me and my Lolo (Grandpa) from when I was three years old.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? When people are able to benefit from the work and ideas I have, that have positively impacted their lives.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A household dog so I can give and get unconditional love and get belly rubs all day. It would be a short, but sweet life.
What do you most value in your friends? Honesty. Also, if they can cook, that’s a bonus because I’m not a good cook!
Who are your favourite writers? Probably Jane Jacobs, but too many to name. Lately, I’ve been reading Hana Shafi and Vivek Shraya (both are local [Shraya is a UCalgary assistant professor in the Department of English]) and I’ve loved everything about them and their writing.
Who is your hero of fiction? Capt. Jean-Luc Picard.