Andie Ursaki

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

 

When and why did you join Alongside You?

I joined the Alongside You team in July 2018, and I am absolutely thrilled to be here. The moment I walked out of my interview, I thought to myself “I need to work here, I need to be a part of this place.”

 

What is your day-to-day role at Alongside You?

My role is to make both our clients and our clinicians lives as easy as possible! I work alongside our office manager Anna Hers at reception, providing information to potential clients and answering any questions you might have about Alongside You.

 

What skills do you need for your role at Alongside You?

My role here requires some expertly-coordinated multitasking and organization, a friendly voice and an empathetic ear.

 

What do you love the most about Alongside You?

What I love most is that we offer such a variety of services and approaches to make sure you get the care that you need; a model of care that allows everyone to have different needs and get effective help is a truly wonderful thing.

I also absolutely love how much Andrew, Meg, and the rest of our staff do within the community here in Ladner, and the lower mainland.

 

What would you be doing if you did not pursue the career path you have right now?

When I was young, I dreamed of being a teacher, because a teacher has such an opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life. Throughout my education, there were three teachers and professors who profoundly influenced both the way I look at the world and the person I am today, and for that I am forever grateful.

Alternatively, I would have also loved to pursue a career as a Park Ranger. I love the forest and all its critters; plus, finding a nice pic-a-nic basket now and then wouldn’t be too bad at all.

 

How do you relax when you are outside of work?

When I’m not at work, I try and get out of the city as much as I can. I feel happiest when I am out in the forest or by the ocean, where the world is peaceful, quiet, and astoundingly beautiful. I hike, kayak, snowshoe, and at the ripe age of 27, tackled learning how to snowboard, which I suspect was a much more painful endeavor than it would have been if I had learned when I was younger and less easily bruised.

I grew up on the softball diamond, the soccer field and the volleyball court, so team sports are something that I have always loved whether it’s competitive or recreational. I enjoy reading and writing, especially near a lake or in my hammock. I believe time listening to live music is always time well spent, especially when I have a good cup of tea or coffee.

All of those things that I love are made better by the company of wonderful people, of which I am lucky enough to have many.

 

What do you consider the most important value? 

The most important value for me is authenticity. I believe that, in a life where you are authentically yourself, you will surround yourself with the most extraordinary people and provide yourself with the most beautiful opportunities.

 

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