International traveler finds home on BC’s coast
January 25, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C.
By Gina Forsyth
For Samantha Gilbert (Sam), Assistant Manager at the Swanson Island site, success is measured by job satisfaction. She’s feeling very satisfied these days.
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sam is a former ski racer who has been “skiing since before I could walk, thanks to my dad. She holds an Environmental Technologist diploma from the Marine Institute in Newfoundland. Her post-secondary education included water and plankton sampling and coastal zone management. “It transferred well to aquaculture,” says Sam.
Sam worked for Marine Harvest during her third year work term and was offered a full-time position in May 2015. Since moving to Campbell River, Sam is enjoying hiking and appreciates the sandy beaches that are so different from the east coast. “I do love this coast,” says Sam, adding that she’s looking forward to skiing again.
Sam started at Glacier Falls and was faced with a steep learning curve, which she adapted to well. Sam was promoted to her current role in early summer, 2016. Her responsibilities include daily scheduling of the staff’s time, ordering feed every shift, and managing and training two employees.
Sam would like to send a shout out to the former manager of Swanson Island, Brad Hallam, for being “the best boss I’ve ever had”. She also credits her colleague Rob Smith for showing great patience with her training.