Welcome to another installment of Afternoon “T” – where you get the inside scoop into the personal and professional lives of our TTT’ers. This time, I have the honor of chatting with our very own Victoria Niemiets, Operations Coordinator. My first interaction with Victoria was during the screening interview. And, when I met her in person, she was bustling with energy. She is truly the driving force here at TTT.
Victoria wears many hats at TTT, contributing her energy and passion to nearly every facet of the company life. Not to forget, she is also a sensational chef/baker. The team loves her Tiramisu.
Let’s learn more about what makes Victoria tick.
Position: Operations Coordinator
Favourite Game: Assassin’s Creed – Odyssey
Fun Fact: I learned how to ride a bike three months ago
Last Movie Watched: “Nine perfect strangers” was the last one I watched and I really liked it
Favourite Food: Sushi and everything my mom and grandma cooks <3
Tell us about yourself. What’s your story/background?
“I was born and raised in a small industrial town in Ukraine (fun fact: it is the longest town in Europe!). When I was young, we moved to a few different cities. The experience of moving and changing five schools has made me an adaptable and flexible person. I was extremely lucky to be spending most of my summers by the sea in Crimea, a beautiful peninsula in Southern Ukraine, which might be one of the reasons why I chose Vancouver over other cities to live in Canada.
Growing up, I have always been a curious and enthusiastic person about learning new things and taking up challenges. My parents have always been encouraging and pushing me to explore. They taught me the importance of learning languages; I have spoken English since I was 4-5 years old, then I learned German, French, and Polish. Exposure to different languages ultimately gave me the opportunity and the idea to come to Canada six years ago, right after I got my Bachelor’s degree in Economics.”
How did you end up at TTT? What were your first Impressions?
“I met both Chris and David when I was working at a company in the same building as TTT, just a floor down (so I didn’t move that far). We connected on Linkedin, and I came across an opening at TTT. I reached out, had a few interviews, and was offered an opportunity to join the company.
Two months into the new role, the pandemic hit, and my role changed drastically since we started working remotely. I went from office management and events coordination to primarily HR and Operations.
My first day was a Wednesday, the day of weekly standup was when I formed my first impression of TTT. Standups at TTT is a casual team-building exercise where we ask an interesting question to the team. The whole standup activity was new to me, and I also liked the idea of getting to know your peers this way. I was impressed by the effort TTT was investing into building and supporting the team culture. I thought to myself – It’s going to be an interesting ride!”
What is something interesting about yourself?
“I’m a big fan of Greek mythology. When I was a kid, my grandfather would share many stories and myths that I remember to this day.”
What’s your most memorable moment working at TTT?
“Honestly, it’s hard to choose just one. We like staying after work on Fridays to chat and have a few drinks together as a team which is always memorable and interesting. My first happy hour where I was chopping close to 100 apples and pears to make our homemade Sangria. I would say my first hires at TTT. The 10k team run (still shocked we did it!). Pumpkin carving for Halloween. Driving around the city with David to deliver goodie bags to pump up the team. Our Christmas party and the charity initiative I was leading. The first happy hour at the office after the pandemic lockdown. The farewell for the last batch of co-ops – it was such a great evening! Welcoming the new ones, and more.”
What is your secret superpower? (something you’re very good at, that not everyone knows)
“I’m always right! (wink wink)”
What do you enjoy working on the most?
“I enjoy all aspects of my role. I am always looking forward to our continuous improvement initiatives where we aim to find new ways to improve our HR department and the company. Hiring is always challenging, however, fun. Lastly, any joint projects with the team pump me up.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“I love cooking. I am always looking for new culinary challenges. More than that, I love eating – I am a foodie! Exploring new cuisines and finding new favorite dishes is one of my favourite things to do.
I also love gardening. Seeing how my little buddies are growing makes me very happy. It is also something I am used to as I spent my childhood at my grandparents’ country house helping them.
I am an outdoorsy person. I stay active by swimming, jogging, or taking long walks. I recently learned how to ride a bike! (many thanks to Mark W. for the support and encouragement). I love fishing. It is my personal type of meditation. And I can spend hours mushroom picking when I’m back in Ukraine.
When I’m feeling lazy, I play video games, watch movies, and catch up on soccer events (I love real football!).”
Who do you look up to? (Who is your hero?) Why?
“Without a doubt, my grandparents and my parents. Their journeys, stories, lessons, and ambitions made me who I am now and I am extremely grateful for everything they gave me.”