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Staff Week at Generate

July 24, 2017

For Staff Week at Generate, we profiled our amazing roster of front desk workers. Not only do Generate staff help everything around the studio run smoothly, but they help to foster a positive, supportive environment for members.

Check out the Staff Week roundup below to see all the interviews in one place:

Charlotte

Meet Charlotte Newlands: kind, hard working and helpful, Charlotte has been working with Generate since the age of just sixteen. This past Sunday marked her last day with us, and although we’re so sad to see her go, we know she’ll go on to do amazing things in the world! Check out her interview below and be sure to give her a warm send-off for her last few shifts:

How long have you been working at Generate?
I’ve been working at Generate for just over 3 years. Since I was 16 and I’m 20 now!

What do you love most about working at Generate?
I love the friendly environment and chatting with members.

What have you learned working at Generate?
Since working at Generate I’ve learned a couple things. Firstly, that good customer service pays off. Secondly, that seeing changes in your body takes consistent effort. Thirdly, that working out doesn’t have to be a drag when you have an awesome studio to go to.

What’s your favourite class at Generate?
My favourite class is Magz’s spin/trx!

What’s your favourite healthy restaurant in Toronto?
I rarely go to healthy restaurants but I do love Pizzeria Defina in Roncesvalles. They have really healthy options. I love the Brussels sprouts and their salads.

Kim

Today we’re giving a special shout out to one of the most positive, caring and creative Generate crew members. She sews, she bakes, she makes jam, she’s Kim McCallum! Check out this lovely lady’s interview below to get to know her:

How long have you been working at Generate?
I’ve been working here since October, 2017.

What do you love most about working at Generate?
This might sound weird, but I love cleaning and organizing, so working here is the perfect fit for me. In addition, the people here are just fabulous. Portia, my co-workers, and the members here make every day pleasant. Finally, Generate provides a platform where I can sell some of the products I make for my small business, lot8. I’m so grateful for the support and feedback I’ve received.

What have you learned since working here?
I’ve learned that even instructors don’t feel like working out some days. I find it quite inspirational to have a private conversation with an instructor about how they might be feeling tired, but then I hear them in class and you’d never guess. Our instructors are so dedicated and professional.

What’s your favourite class?
Denise’s Restorative Yoga, hands down! 

What’s your favourite healthy restaurant in Toronto?
I eat healthy every day, so when I go out for dinner, I sometimes choose to treat myself. The Hole is the Wall makes fantastic food, often from local and seasonal ingredients, and it has a warm and welcoming vibe. They also pour a delicious Chardonnay.

Mackenzie

Next up is Mackenzie Patterson, who teaches yoga and barre at Generate in addition to working front desk. Mackenzie’s fitness journey started as a dancer at a young age, and her passion for movement led her to become a member at Generate for its awesome dance-inspired classes. She loved being a member at Generate so much that she decided to start working and instructing there, and now she pretty much lives in the studio (sleeping aside)! Check out her interview below to get to know her:

How long have you been working at Generate?
Since February 2017.

What do you love most about working at Generate?
I love seeing the sweet members every day, I love the beautiful space and massive windows, and I love working in an environment where everyone is happy to be moving their bodies!

What have you learned since working here?
Since working at Generate I’ve learned that keeping a friendly, positive attitude is all it takes to make fast friends. I’ve also learned so much about the body and functional exercise since I started instructing yoga and barre (not to mention everything I’ve learned about health, wellness and business from hanging out with the amazing Portia!).

What’s your favourite class?
It’s a toss up between Elyse’s barre classes and Jenny’s yoga!

What’s your favourite healthy restaurant in Toronto?
I love the poke at Calii Love! Also the salad bar at Whole Foods Market is pretty great.

Julia

Next up in our #StaffWeek roundup is the newest member of the Generate roster: Julia Leith! Always kind and helpful, Julia has been a welcome addition to the team. She juggles her gig at Generate with high school at Humberside, and she says she’s thinking about majoring in engineering at uni. To learn more about this bright star, check out her interview below!

How long have you been working at Generate?
I just started at the end of June, so I’ve been working here for about a month.

What do you love most about working at Generate?
I really love how friendly and welcoming all the members and staff are! I also love how peaceful and beautiful the space is.

What have you learned since working here?
I’ve learned that a great workout can have a huge impact on someone’s mood and that going to the gym doesn’t have to be all about fitness, it can also be about being social and having fun!

What’s your favourite class?
My favourite class would have to be the teen circuit class with Portia. It really helped me learn how to use all the equipment properly and made me feel a lot more comfortable when I was first starting out.

What’s your favourite healthy restaurant in Toronto?
The food isn’t necessarily super healthy here – but my family loves going out to dinner at the Annette Food Market. The meals are cooked in a wood fired oven and they are absolutely amazing! Plus it’s only a 10-minute walk from my house, which is really nice.

 

The Generate staff loves supporting you in your fitness journey. Next time you’re in for a visit, don’t hesitate to ask us anything or say hello!