By Gina Forsyth
Megan Holmes is the first person you see when you arrive in the Campbell River office. That’s a very good thing. The front line position suits her bubbly personality well. Coming up on her one-year anniversary with the company she is enjoying getting to know the staff and the industry. “Aquaculture is new to me and it’s been really interesting learning about the business. I appreciate the smart and sustainable way the company operates,” she said.
A large part of Megan’s job as Administrative Assistant involves scanning invoices that needs to be paid – and there are lots of them! Megan is also responsible for answering the phone, directing office visitors, booking meeting rooms, arranging lunches and processing incoming and outgoing mail and courier packages.
The oldest of three, Megan was born and raised in Campbell River. In 1993, the family spent some time in Hawaii following Hurricane Iniki. “My dad was a construction foreman and helped with the rebuilding,” Megan explained. “It was a blast – lots of beach time and delicious fresh fruit. My sister and I were traumatized the first time we discovered that tails fall off chameleons when you catch them”.
An alumni of Carihi, Megan completed her Legal Assistant certification at VIU. She and Barry, her husband of three years who works at Glacial Creek, spent two years in Ontario. “We lived near the border, which was cool”, said Megan. They visited Detroit regularly and enjoyed going to football, hockey and baseball games. They returned to BC in 2012.
Away from the office, Megan and Barry both love a good book. “We go to book sales knowing we don’t need anything but still come out with three bags,” she said with a laugh. They also like listening to their records. “Our taste in music is diverse – the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Zeppelin, Ella Fitzgerald, Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam, Pistol Annies, Chris Cornell… a bit of everything. One of Barry’s favorite concerts was Eminem and Jay-Z,” she added.
When Barry’s four kids are with them, the house is busy but “you get used to the chaos”, she says with a smile. The six of them have enjoyed fishing, camping and trips to Mt. Washington since Barry and Megan returned to the island.
Her dad is a former commercial fisherman and avid hunter so it’s not surprising to learn Megan loves being on the boat and in the garden. Barry’s family has a history of farming in Ontario and has uncles who still operate farms in Collingwood. “We’re definitely a family who values and appreciates the land.” She particularly enjoys growing tomatoes and herbs. “It’s so nice to cook with ingredients you’ve grown yourself”.