Get to know Ana Villarreal, Calgary Chapter Co-Chair
- When you’re flying, are you all about the window seat or the aisle seat? Window all the way. I’ve been on planes since I was a kid and looking out of the window is one of the things I used to love the most about flying back then and still do today!
- How would you spend an afternoon in a new city? I’d grab a bike and go touring around the city. You can cover a lot more ground cycling so if you don’t have a lot of time, it’s the perfect way to get around.
- Outside of YPAC, I’m passionate about… Spending time in the mountains! In the summer I usually go on at least one or two multi-day camping trip with friends and in the winter a lot of my weekends are spent skiing. There’s no better way to disconnect, get some exercise, push your limits, spend time with friends and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
- Why did you join YPAC? I wanted to be part of a group of ambitious, forward-thinking young professionals that want to make a positive impact in our industry. As a young professional, I think it is really important to build a network of people around you that will challenge and inspire you and YPAC has provided a platform to be able to do just that. I’ve already met many inspiring individuals and look forward to continue making more connections and help build the next generation of leaders.
- What new or rediscovered hobbies are you doing while practicing social distancing? A few things: the first one is, I’ve been putting more time into learning German. If anyone has ever tried to learn it you’ll know that you need a lot of time to process and practice all of the grammar rules. The second thing is sourdough bread baking. It’s a fairly time consuming process, but I find it reminds me of doing a science experiment where you have to control temperatures, time and weights very precisely, except at the end you have a delicious loaf of bread to eat!
- From who or from where do you draw inspiration? Several years ago, my family took in a refugee family from Syria. I was and am still inspired by their resilience and resolve navigating such a difficult, life-altering situation; it’s also amazing to see the strength of a community coming together to help. It’s made me reflect on the opportunities I’ve had in my life and reminds me of the responsibility I have to use my talents and time in a way that will leave the world a better place than I’ve found it.