Today it’s Ruth’s turn to answer the questions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Toronto-born city girl learning how to live in a small town just outside of Vancouver. I’m happy to be close to Vancouver because I love sushi. A former journalist, I hopped the fence to PR and found the best of both worlds. I get to work with journalists and behind the scenes with clients.
What do you see as your communications strengths?
I am strategic and curious. Learning new tools such as social media is a bonus, not a chore. With a strategic approach, I can identify and define what needs to be done and when and how to meet the objectives of an organization or campaign. I also actively listen. I learned that at Maclean’s. Sometimes what a person doesn’t say is as important as what they do say.
What made you interested in joining AHA?
We started AHA because we wanted to be a part of a great agency, with excellent people, exceptional clients and create a culture that is professional, creative and fun.
What five words describe you professionally?
What kind of beverage do you drink first thing in the a.m.?
Coffee. Any kind. Immediately.
Who do you think you were in a past life?
A rodeo clown.
What makes you laugh out loud?
My dogs and Paul. Sometimes all in the same moment.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian. When I was about five, I realized that they don’t just sit around all day and play with dogs, so I decided to become a journalist.
What five people living or dead would you invite to a dinner party?
Today, it would be my mom (I would always want her there!), Waylon Jennings (one of the kindness men I ever met), Jimmy Buffett (for his stories), Pierre Trudeau (for his perspective on the world) and Michael Jackson (to see who he really is, not who we think he was).
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Iced tea, a lot of yogurt, fruit, olives, artichokes, six types of cheese and 14 different kinds of mustard.
What five CDs would you take with you to a desert island?
Today – Jimmy Buffet’s Greatest Hits, Blue Rodeo’s Five days in July, anything by Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles Greatest Hits and something I had never heard before.
What question do you wish someone would ask you?
Can I introduce you to a great agent for the novel you are writing?
What’s your answer?