Spotlight on New Staff – Hannah Weinkauf
January 12, 2022 | News
SafeCare BC is pleased to welcome Hannah Weinkauf to the team as the Project Coordinator. Hannah joins us after having completed her degree from Simon Fraser University with a major in Anthropology, a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Social Justice. Welcome, Hannah!
Q: What interested you about working at SafeCare?
Working at SafeCare intrigued me because of the values that the organization stands for. It was obvious from the start that SafeCare cares about the people they support. I thought it would be very fulfilling to be able to contribute to creating safer and healthier workplaces.
Q: What excites you about your role?
Vaccine hesitancy and skepticism has always intrigued me. Throughout COVID, this topic has only grown in prevalence, and I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot. My role as the project coordinator for vaccine education and engagement excites me because I’m getting to be hands-on with this issue. I’m happy to be able to use my education and experiences to help further peoples’ understanding of, and trust in, vaccines.
Q: What was your first, or most unusual job?
I began my first job when I was about 13 years old. I babysat siblings who were 1, 3, and 5 years old every day for about 1 year. The parents worked long hours, so I was with the kids from 3-9 p.m. most days. Looking back on it, I find it kind of crazy that I was in charge of taking care of these kids at such a young age!
Q: If given a chance, who would you be for a day?
I would be Jeff Bezos so that I could distribute some of his wealth to people who need it.
Q: When not at work, what do you like doing in your spare time?
When the weather is nice, I love to be outside either hiking with friends or walking my dog, Loki. I also really enjoy baking and will tend to opt for that on rainy days.
Q: What book are you currently reading?
None at the moment. I had to read a lot of scholarly articles over the past 5 years of my undergrad, and it’s taken away my motivation to read for pleasure. I used to love to read, so I hope to enjoy it again soon! My favourite book that I’ve read to date is “The Glass Castle.”
Q: What did you want to be growing up?
Since my parents are both teachers, I wanted to follow in their footsteps growing up. However, as I got older, I realized that I don’t have the passion for it and decided to pursue a different path.
Q: What is one thing we don’t know about you?
I have something called Synesthesia. This occurs when information that is meant to stimulate only one of your senses ends up stimulating more than one. For me, words have colours attached to them. The typical person wouldn’t necessarily see anything if someone was to say “Wednesday.” However, when I hear or read the word “Wednesday” I see it in my mind depicted in yellow (like this Wednesday). This happens with all words that I hear or think.