How did you get that f*#king awesome job Joseph Pallant?

Joseph Pallant thinking about carbon offsets in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Joseph Pallant thinking about carbon offsets in the Great Bear Rainforest.

So there’s this small challenge that is on Joseph Pallant’s mind all the time: climate change. Pallant’s job is to figure out how we (as in the Royal We, as in humanity) can take action to lessen climate change by using economic development to prevent greenhouse gases from going into our precious atmosphere. Sounds pretty simple, right?

Joseph Pallant – aka Pepe or Jose to his friends (myself included) – is one of the brightest lights I know. His ability to chat about carbon development mechanisms at a cocktail party and then turn around to cut a serious hole in the dance floor are equally admirable. Pallant and I went attended the University of Victoria at the same time and he was the cool guy who was a residence advisor. Everyone knew Joseph. And now, a whole different set of folks know him, important folks who are leading the charge on taking action to slow climate change.

Pallant is as comfortable chatting with United Nations grand pubahs about how to revolutionize the carbon offset system as he is hopping on a Greyhound to a community forest association meeting and explaining his complex job to an elder. Behold: a dude with social skills, a very large brain and likely one of the most beguiling personalities you’ll meet: Joseph Pallant, Manager, Brinkman Climate of Vancouver, B.C.

Put on a record, your thinking cap and look out the window at something green to put you in the mood for Volume 2 of How did you get that f*#king awesome job?  Read more

How did you get that f*#king awesome job Amber Haase?

The beautiful and completely real talker, Amber Haase of Element Botanicals.
The beautiful real talker Amber Haase of Element Botanicals.

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.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Deline of She's so Eco.
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Deline of She’s so Eco.

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.

The inspiration for this column: Readymade magazine, the best DIY, living, culture mag to ever exist. RIP.
The inspiration for this column: Readymade magazine, the best DIY, living, culture mag to ever exist. RIP. Photo courtesy of Leah Pence.

So please grab a cup of coffee/tea/wine and enjoy this little peek into Amber’s career. Read more