Cherry Blossoms are Back!

Spring is here!

Ah…what more is there to love than seeing Vancouver’s trees blossom and bloom with pink flowers right before our eyes. That’s right, folks! It’s that time of the season again when Vancouver’s scenic landscape is covered with gorgeous pinks of cherry blossoms.  It always puts a smile on my face when I see these pink flowers glisten with the clear, blue skies behind them. My favorite cherry blossom sight seeing locations are walking down Lower Mall Street at the University of British Columbia near the Nitobe Garden and driving along Marine Drive. Reason? Mainly just because these two places are extremely accessible for me and I go to school there! Don’t fret though, these gorgeous flowers can be seen almost anywhere in Vancouver such as at Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and even in some parts of Downtown Vancouver.

Every year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society, a non profit organization, organizes The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival hosts several activities where visitors and local residents can participate in to share the blooming experience. Some of their events include entering a written haiku piece in the “Haiku Invitational Competition” and also, riding bikes in the “Bike the Blossoms” event on April 17th.

So, if you fancy writing a haiku about cherry blossoms, you should enter your submission on the VCBF website before May 31st.

And, if you are interested in viewing cherry blossoms while partaking in a great bike expedition, hurry and register with the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition now! Each ride will cost $10 and participants can check in anytime between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

For more information about the haiku competition, please visit: http://vcbf.ca/
And to register for the “Bike the Blossoms” event, please visit: http://www.greatrides.ca/

For more information about the haiku competition, please visit: http://vcbf.ca/

INTERNeX Family Interview #4

What is your first name?
Patrick.

Where are you from?
I am from the Netherlands. More specifically it’s actually an Island in the South West, known as Zuid Beveland.

What languages do you speak fluently other than English?
Fluently?…just Dutch.

What position do you hold at INTERNeX? And for how long have you been working here?
I am the placement manager for the Paid Vancouver Placements and also a marketing coordinator. I have been holding this position for the past three years now.

What made you want to become involved with INTERNeX in the first place?
Well I started off as an intern actually and then I was offered a more permanent position once my internship had ended.

In what ways do you think INTERNeX is unique from other international placement agencies? What does INTERNeX specifically offer that no other company can?
Our motto actually highlights why we are unique; it says “Undersell and over deliver”. Yes we are a company that strives for profit; however, monetary gains are not our main driving force. Our entire team is dedicated to making our candidates better global citizens, so first and foremost we are all about our candidates. Secondly, I wholeheartedly believe that INTERNeX is always ahead of the market so we truly set the standard for this industry. We have led the way for other companies to realize that the path to true success is to customize the programs to the candidate not the other way around.

What changes within INTERNeX have you personally witnessed since you have joined the team?
Even though I have only been a part of this company for the past three years I have seen an innumerous amount of changes. However, I will highlight the ones that I see as the most important. First and foremost, our company, our systems, and our staff have become more professional. Since our expansion in terms of our international reach our work load and ultimately work hours have extended so no more leaving the office early to catch the hockey game haha. Secondly, in terms of our candidates the amount of things that they can participate in besides from the program in which they are placed has exponentially increased. And with this increase in activities I have really witnessed the fostering of a true community amongst our INTERNeX clients.

Where would you like to see INTERNeX in the next 10 years? Do you have any New Year’s goals for the company?
Well I would like to see INTERNeX as a global brand for our industry. We can set the standard on a global level and introduce our personalized services to the rest of the world. I would also like to see us sending Canadians abroad so we address both sides of our international exchange markets. And on a more personal side I am really invested in expanding and successfully promoting our wildlife/environmental volunteer program.

Tell us one interesting thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
When I was twenty years old, my father, my uncle and I climbed a mountain in Africa. This mountain was called Mount Kilimanjaro and it’s actually the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,341 ft). It took us seven days to climb this mountain because if we went any quicker we would have suffered from altitude sickness, which can actually result in death if you do not take the time to acclimatize.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Hmm well there are many places that I would love to travel to but being a tourist in a country and being a resident are two very different experiences. But I would love to live in Pantanal, Brazil and open up my own eco resort.