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Where Are They Now Series: Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now Series: Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now? Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Daniel Bott

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2009

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

I went to the JIBC and joined the Ambulance.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Primary Care Paramedic.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

Police officer.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

It taught me to adapt to changes and to keep open to new ideas.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?  

Learning to talk to a variety of people in a variety of situations, time management and attention to detail.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

My CAP teammates. 2 best friends from that summer that I still see and we always bring up memories from that summer and tell stories over again.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Have fun. This job is one of the greatest experiences of my life and if you take some chances and enjoy yourself you’ll have friends and memories forever.

Additionally, you can learn more about the CAP team on our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Where Are They Now Series: Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now Series: Kristina Moller

Where Are They Now? Kristina Moller

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Kristina Moller

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

After the CAP Team, I worked as an Employment Counsellor for adults with disabilities for about a year. I received my Bachelors Degree in 2014, majoring in Psychology. And I now live and work on a cattle ranch in the Cariboo area. I’m very fortunate to have also found a position that directly applies to my degree and that is also very flexible around the needs of the ranch.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Case Worker for Victim Services with the RCMP

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

I was really passionate about Street Outreach with transient individuals and really looked up to Ken Salter who, at that time, held a position with ASK Wellness and provided a lot of hands-on orientation and training for new CAP Team members.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

The CAP Team provided a job that was very diverse and had a lot of different parts to it. I had to be able to transition between roles and quickly adapt if needed. And I had to learn to think quickly and be ready for anything. I also feel that this position helped me achieve my goals by valuing the importance of looking neat and tidy; to quote the CAP Team training manual, “you will be treated like a professional when you present yourself as such.”

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

I learned a lot of skills from Gay Pooler who was the General Manager of the KCBIA while I was on the CAP Team. At the time, I thought she was a little too tough but looking back now, I’m grateful for it. One of the most valuable things I learned was that when you are at work and especially on the CAP Team, you are an actor. As apart of the CAP Team, you are there to sell Downtown Kamloops and make it a great experience. You are not there to be angry or upset or worried about your personal life because that’s not what you are being paid to do and, quite frankly, it’s not your employers’ problem. I carry this with me today in my position and whenever someone asks me how I am doing during the workday, my answer is always, “I’m excellent, how are you?”

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

I really enjoyed all the walking and biking (with the exception of biking up First Ave., which I did not ever accomplish). I wish I had a FitBit back then!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Purchase a good pair of shoes and don’t forget your radio!

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the CAP team, you can find some information on our website here. And you can find us on Facebook here.

Where Are They Now Series: Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now Series: Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now? Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Kyle Jack

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015 to 2016

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

Since leaving the CAP team, I gained enough valuable job experience to apply it towards a career with BC Corrections.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Corrections Officer

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

To learn about Kamloops and what it had to offer as I had moved here from the coast. I also wanted to develop my social skills and meet the community. Lastly, I wanted to provide a sense of security for the downtown people and

businesses by creating a presence and a desire for safety.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

By constantly taking me out of my comfort zone and testing me, it helped with my confidence in public speaking and maturity. The staff meetings provided many challenges to test me and push me, which I found very beneficial.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

I would say developing my social skills with members of the public as well as getting a better understanding of the lower class demographic. The rapport I had built with them helped better myself with my current career.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

My favorite part of the program would have to be being apart of the downtown events such as Christmas parades, Zombie walks, etc. I also enjoyed meeting new businesses and helping market them and making the public aware.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

If you like getting into shape with long bike rides, or getting to know your city a lot better then this is the job for you. It is very beneficial for someone looking to pursue a career in law enforcement, marketing, business, or tourism. Soak up all the knowledge the CAP team can offer you and apply it towards a future career.

Additionally, you can find more information about the CAP team here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Where Are They Now Series: Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now Series: Tria Donaldson

Where Are They Now? Tria Donaldson

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Tria Donaldson

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

After finishing school at TRU, I worked in environmental non-profits for five years campaigning and organizing. For the last 7 years I have been working as a Communications Officer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Senior Communications Officer- Saskatchewan Regional Office of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

My time on the CAP team counted as an internship for the TRU school of journalism. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to use my skills in communications and journalism to help better my community.

 

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

I gained a lot of valuable experience on the CAP team – including early lessons in media relations which I now speak to when I give media training. And I think it gave me a lot of confidence to talk to strangers, and diverse stakeholders to achieve goals.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

All of my awesome bike riding skills! Seriously, I recently road a bike across Austria and the CAP bike training came in handy. My time on the CAP Team exposed me to many different ideas and perspectives. I really appreciated getting to learn about environmental design for safety, interacting with local service providers and business, and planning so many events.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

I loved my co-workers. It was such a great team. And I also have a deep, deep love for tourist information that I credit to my time on the CAP team. Furthermore, I loved the tourism BC training and getting to help visitors to Kamloops find the many gems the city has to offer. I still love pointing people in the direction of awesome things to do!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Treasure your time together! Have fun. Also, enjoy being young while you can!

Additionally, if you’d like to find out more information about the CAP team, check out our website here. You can find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Brooke Hanson

Where Are They Now? Brooke Hanson

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Brooke Hanson

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2006-2007

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

I worked in many tourism-related fields such as Event Coordinator at Sun Peaks Resort, Canoe Guide, Outdoor Education Leader, Student Recruitment Event Manager and eventually landed my dream job as Event Manager at Sun Peaks Resort.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

After working as the Event Manager at Sun Peaks Resort for the past 4 years, I am now on a new path working to raise the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. I am a stay at home Mom to our 1.5-year-old twin boys Hunter and Sawyer.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

To own and operate a wilderness canoe guiding business. After gaining experience in events, the profession came naturally to me which led me in a new direction. Ultimately I landed my dream job combining my passion for the outdoors and my talents in events working as the Event Manager at Sun Peaks Resort.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

Being on the CAP team pushed me out of my comfort zone to approach business owners and guests to our community and engage with them. I was always a little nervous before but my experience on the CAP team gave me the confidence I needed to move forward. And I got my first hands-on event experience working as a team to organize events like to downtown Christmas Parade and the Spring Festival.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

Communication. With overlapping schedules and working with a different team member every other day of the week, it was very important to keep the line of communication going between us all. Planning events, current projects, and patrol areas are just some examples of what we had to communicate between us. In those days we did not have cell phones…or barely used them so we had a working logbook that we wrote in every day and tried to keep the email chains going.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

The bike riding! I loved to be active in my job and riding my bike through Riverside Park and downtown Kamloops saying hi to all the locals made my summer. We would have competitions to see who could ride up 1st avenue without getting off and pushing their bike.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Have fun and get to know the people you are working with. Many of my team members I am still in contact with today and have become leaders in the communities they reside in. These connections are invaluable and will help you when you least expect it.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about the downtown Kamloops CAP team, you can find us on our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Where Are They Now Series

Where Are They Now Series

Designed to help youth develop and hone relevant work experience, the CAP team provides an opportunity to gain opportunities related to their career goals. Over 85 students and youth have gone through the program since it started in 2004. Each participant securing positions in desired career fields or continuing to develop their educational goals. It’s important to celebrate the successes of our alumni and showcase how diverse the program is. So we are conducting a series of interviews for a new project called “Where Are They Now?”.

For this series, we have started contacting previous CAP Team employees and seeing what they are up to. We’d like to know how their experience with Downtown Kamloops helped them achieve their success. This project is just beginning, but we have gathered a few responses so far and we are happy to hear that our CAP Team alumni are doing well.

Some Words From Past Cappies:

“When I was with the CAP Team, I began to shape my career path while pursuing my Bachelor of Arts. I knew I enjoyed writing and had an interest in promotions and business development. Through the CAP Team’s training in social media advertising, public speaking and event planning, this job was a major outlet to inspire what I am now pursuing – a career in public relations.”
–  Julia Dumbrell, (CAP Team Member in 2016). – Graduated with a Major in English Literature and Minor in Commerce from UBC in 2019

“Since the CAP Team, I have pursued a career in destination marketing and tourism. Today, I am in charge of visitor services at Tourism Kamloops. My role is a mix of assisting visitors, researching innovative and sustainable solutions for visitor servicing, and connecting with stakeholders and partners.”
–  Angela Halas (CAP Team Member from 2016-2018). – Visitor & Stakeholder Liaison with Tourism Kamloops

As we develop this series and reach out to even more CAP Team alumni, you can find their stories on our website. If you are a CAP Team alumni and would like to share your story, please contact us for ways to involve yourself! If you know a CAP Team alumni, please feel free to share this opportunity with them!

Written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor & Back Alley Art Gallery Coordinator. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about the CAP team, you can find more information on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.