Susan perlanski

1. What does a Sales Administrative Assistant do?
Responsible for supporting the needs of the VP of Media and Sales Team through management of the sales pipeline – tracking inventory and financial data, generating reports and spreadsheets, other ad hoc administrative duties as well as provide front office support.

2. What attracted you to Bookmark?
I heard about an opening at Bookmark through a friend of a friend. In my research about the company I read great reviews from employees about Bookmark’s culture and how happy they are.

3.What aspect of your new job are you most looking forward to?
Making a positive difference through the support I provide my team on a daily basis.

4. What’s the last thing you read/saw that inspired you?
A fearless, selfless young boy from Ottawa named Jonathan Pitre also known as “Butterfly Boy” died at the age of 17 on April 6, 2018. Although suffering from a rare skin disease – epidermolysis bullosa (EB) he had an amazing outlook on life. Pitre dedicated his life to raising awareness and money to EB. In his short lifetime he has made an enormous impact in bringing awareness to this disease.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have a diverse mix of hobbies – maybe too many. I enjoy taking photo walks & hikes regardless of climate. Other times I knit or crochet, make jewelry, bake, cook or read.

6. Tell us something surprising about yourself?
I have little patience for reality TV. I watch TV shows and movies for escapism and enjoy most documentaries. I am a bit of news junkie in that I need to know what is going on around the world.

7. What are your top 5 must-see destinations?
It’s difficult to narrow down when one wants to explore the entire world. For now – Iceland, Newfoundland, Labrador & Gros Morne National Park, Japan, Maldives and Ireland. In no particular order.

8. What is your favorite thing to do in Toronto?
I love exploring and photographing Toronto’s waterfront – from as far east as the Scarborough Bluffs to Woodbine Beach to Cherry Beach all the way across to Harbourfront and along to Humber Bay Park with my camera in tow.  No matter the time of year, these areas offer up great scenes for photo opts.

I also love to dine out when the opportunity presents itself – Toronto offers a plethora of restaurants with so many diverse menus from all walks of life.

9. What’s been your career highlight so far?
Working as a Buyer in the apparel industry – developing and sourcing seasonal garment lines and seeing the products you imagined come to life. Traveling abroad to work with vendors and the factories was an amazing experience although very grueling when you endure long days.

10. What is the one piece of advice that has helped you get where you are today?
Be the best version of you you can be.