Carmen

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We have a lot of troopers on our team, and Carmen is definitely one of them. She can be found hustling (or hobbling) around the office making sure her tasks are in order, even with a broken foot! While she – self-admittedly – isn’t a plant whisperer she does work tirelessly to help community members, teams and schools reach their fundraising goals with the programs we offer at the greenhouse. If you’re having trouble finding her when the high season rolls around, you can be certain that you’ll find her on the planting line, or at front cash lending a hand. Carmen’s focus and determination doesn’t keep her from sharing her great sense of humor and jovial smile.

Besides admiring the plants, I can be found at Salisbury…
spending most of my days in the office. Among other duties, you will find me working with groups to reach their Fundraising goals with Salisbury Gift Cards, Poinsettias and Easter Lilies. I also coordinate all the wholesale sales of Salisbury Poinsettias and Easter Lilies. Sometimes I do get out of the office and you will find me working in production on the planting line or helping the cashiers with customers at the checkout line. This is a nice break and helps give variety to my job.

My Favourite plant is…
well there’s a reason I work in the office and not on the retail floor. I’ve never met a plant I couldn’t kill. I really do like plants they just don’t seem to like me a whole lot.

What I love most about gardening is…
I’m not a big gardener and during the spring and early summer I’m so busy at the Greenhouse that I don’t get much time to work in my yard. When I do get outside to work in my yard I do enjoy it and feel a real sense of accomplishment when I’m done. I enjoy maintaining the small yard that I have.

I grew up… on a farm outside Tofield and I have many fond memories… being on the farm, from riding horses to swinging out the hayloft door on the hoist rope. I had two brothers that helped keep us kids in constant mischief.

As a child, I dreamed of being a…
an interior designer or a house plan designer but just didn’t know it at the time.  I remember playing with my dolls and setting up very elaborate home designs for them out of my parents encyclopedia books. Once the house was all set up I wasn’t interested in actually playing with the dolls.

If I had no limitations, I would be working as…
That’s very difficult for me to say. I kind of feel that I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

Something you’d be surprised to learn about me is…
My room was always perfectly organized with everything always in it’s place. Even as a little kid and it carried on into my teens as well. (or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised) And I’m still that way.

My favourite guilty pleasure, closet snack food is…
I love both salty and sweet. I’ve been cursed with craving both chocolate and chips!

I love telling people that I’ve traveled…
across Canada on a Motorbike

My life motto is…
I have a lot of mottos that I like. I suppose the one I try to work on the most is being positive. You get back what you put out.

My colleagues would most likely describe me as…
Well, I asked a few of them. Hard worker, always get the job done, reliable, loyal to friends, flexible, very honest, caring, ready to help and go the extra mile and that I have an infectious smile.

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