Amber Haase, CEO Element Botanicals, Sorrento, British Columbia
The moment you meet Amber Haase, you know she’s legit. She’s one of the most sincere people I know (full disclosure, she’s a dear friend who I met through my partner and I feel like I won the friend lottery). So what does this all this realz-ness entail? Warmth, humour, laughter and ingenuity. She’s also the brains and brawn behind Element Botanicals, a nature-inspired, handmade skincare company based in her family’s beautiful home in the mountain and lake country of the Shuswap region of B.C. For the last 10 years Amber has taken her business from selling soap in Grandview Park in Vancouver to supporting her family with her own two hands (and that of her husband’s) as well as selling their products across Canada, garnering Western Canadian media coverage and becoming a favourite on the indie craft show circuit.
Because Amber is funny, a bit magical and totally REAL, so she was naturally my first choice for Anchors and Proteas’ regular column: How did you get that f*#king awesome job? I want to insert a HUGE caveat here AND now. I did not come up with this column name, my favourite, now deceased magazine – Readymade – did. It was one of my favourite columns in the DIY mag. I hope to emulate their ethos here (the questions are from my brain with a bit of audience testing from friends/family). As an introvert and general lover of the human race, I am inspired by people who LOVE their jobs. So I thought I would dedicate some space on the world wide web to profiling people who have f*#king awesome jobs: who they are, how they got there and what advice would they give others.
So please grab a cup of coffee/tea/wine and enjoy this little peek into Amber’s career. Read more