The Secret Lives of Spafaxians: Celyn Harding-Jones

By June 30th, 2015

CELYN-7712How long have you been working at Spafax?

Since the spring of 2011 when I started as an editorial intern with the enRoute digital team. I then got to explore the archives at Air Canada for enRoute’s 75th anniversary program, then someone let me lead projects with Tourism Toronto, which led to my current role where I work with our clients, creative, production and sales teams as an account manger for the Luxury and Lifestyle Brands. I’m workin’ my way up from the mailroom.

What’s your title and which office do you call home?

Account manager for the Luxury and Lifestyle Brands. Montreal is home. I was actually born one block away from our office. Our kitchen looks out onto the tiny turn of the century cottage my parents bought way back when.

What is the best thing about your work?

The people and the creative challenges. I see my job as providing a blank page for our clients and creative teams to pour their imagination onto. Sometimes, we face a problem with several requirements that we need to solve creatively. The people that I work with are not only innovative, they love what they do, so seizing these opportunities is pure pleasure (and quite often, award-winning).

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I write conceptual poetry, have a healthy collection of craft beer and am in the process of folding 1,000 origami cranes.

If you could interview a person (anyone dead or live) who would it be and why?

Leslie Knope (though Amy Poehler would do in her place). Knope, played by Poehler in Parks and Recreation, inspires others by expressing positive enthusiasm, determination and drive, while still cracking the whip.

Describe your dream vacation.

Coasting in a fiat convertible along the coasts of Italy, stopping in tiny mom-and-pop restaurants tasting “the best pasta in the world” in each village. Of course, this dream vacation would be filmed in Casa Blanca style black and white, and I would look like Ingrid Bergman.

Name five essential travel items.

  • Beating heart
  • Open mind
  • Sense of adventure
  • Heavily researched list of the best food
  • Cherry gum

What is the first thing you do when you fly?

Remind myself how incredible flying is. What a treat to be up in the air in a flying machine!

Which airline feature do you consider the most important?

The familiar comforts like knowing they carry your favourite brand of snack or have new episodes of your favourite TV show on the in-flight entertainment.

What is the thing you miss most on an airline and would like to be able to watch/use when flying?

As a kid, I used to think that the stainless steel airline-branded cutlery on flights was super special. It was an added luxury and made me feel like I was at one of those dinners at home when the fancy table settings came out.