Feature Friday with Lisa Palmer

Job title: Admin Manager, Food, Nutrition and Health (FNH)/ Wine Research Centre (WRC)

Hometown: Delta, BC

How long have you worked at LFS/UBC? 

The answer always surprises me on this one – I started at UBC in 2001.

Let’s talk work…

Describe what you do for LFS: 

As the administrative manager for FNH/WRC it would be hard describe everything I do in just a few words. To keep it short and simple, I organize and oversee the administrative/financial operations of the FNH office.

What are you currently working on?

Getting ready for the implementation of WorkDay.

What do you enjoy the most about working for LFS? 

I would have to say it is the people and the snacks. The people within LFS are such an amazing group, it makes the work environment enjoyable and very interesting. It’s so interesting getting to hear and learn about the research that LFS is doing. Oh and the food… did I mention the food?

Let’s get personal…

How do you like to recharge?

There are a few things I do to recharge. One being getting out for walks, whether it is a power walk or a nature walk. Another way for me to recharge is getting on one of my motorcycles and going for a ride. The best is combining the ride with a nature walk/hike and end with a nice cup of coffee.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Hmmmmm good question…. if I could have a superpower it would be to talk with animals/nature… is that a superpower? Is Dr. Dolittle a superhero? Otherwise, I would have to say, to be invisible.

What was a favourite vacation or trip you’ve taken? 

It’s really hard to pick one, when every vacation has a “favorite” within it, but it would be Kauai last November.

What was the last book you read?

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t wait for life to begin, it has already begun.

What’s one thing your co-workers don’t know about you?

I think most don’t know I grew up on a farm, and had many farm animals as pets. Just to name a few, there was Rosie the pig, Henrietta the chicken, Jackson the rabbit (ok I was a kid, what kind of names did you expect?) The only animal I didn’t have as a pet was a dog. So what does one do when they are not allowed a dog? You train a cow to be one. Yes you read that right. Pepsi my pet cow. I trained her to heel, stay, lay down and come. I was the hit at the birthday parties!

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