Mak Vail: It's the People
Look who’s up now! How the turn tables. Full disclaimer; my search history is brimming with The Office compilations and Legend of Zelda cheat codes, so please excuse those when they filter into this post.
I started the communications position at People’s Liberty in January, and all at once it feels like I’ve been here one week and I’ve also been here ten months. That’s part of the magic of this place. There are a lot of projects being accomplished that keep you motivated, inspired and energized, but they’re happening on such a short time scale. This place is exciting and important, but y’all know that already. What I really want to highlight in this post are the people behind those People’s Liberty projects—the People’s People.
First, Megan. Megan Trischler was the first person I encountered at People’s Liberty. She is the one who emailed me about my residency application, and holy cow am I glad it was her. Her demeanor is a marvel. She speaks with intention, softness and passion. AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THAT BRAIN! On any given day, Megan walks in and ask, “what motivates you? Why do you show up everyday?” or proclaims, “Human. In training.” She is clever, quick, and isn’t fond of dogs. Everyone should get the opportunity to work for Megan. Being around her pushes me to do better. We can all DO better.
Second, Mr. Hodesh. Jake Hodesh speaks loudly, and sometimes in Spanish. He walks the same—not in Spanish, loudly. Sometimes I put headphones on in the office to make sure I don’t get distracted, but then the emails come. I now have a folder in my inbox titled “distractions”—it generally fills up with weird news articles that Jake shares with us. Though he is loud sometimes, he is the most empathetic person I have had the pleasure of being around. He not only has this natural ability to get on your level and see through your lens, but does it so quickly that you feel like you’re best friends. I’ve seen it with random strangers on the street and it happened to me on my first day. Jake reminds me to work hard and still have fun. We’re all just grown kids anyway.
Third, Aurore. If there was one word that could describe Aurore Fournier, COOL is it. She drums, boxes, is creative and holds her own. Working in communications, I probably assist Aurore more than anyone else in the office, and I can say that her work ethic is inspiring. She never complains about her workload—trust me, it is heavy. At the same time, she has no problem saying “no” to requests, which is something that I’m trying to adopt from her. Aurore is direct, yet kind. Confident, yet approachable. She is a woman that walks and works with objective.
Look at that! I stayed away from The Office and video game references. I was going to make a Zelda pun, but I didn’t want to triforcing it... What I’m really trying to say in this post is that people are what make a city worth living in. Megan, Jake and Aurore show up everyday and try their hardest. They make coming to work everyday that much better. People’s Liberty is special, and it just might be because of them.
Thanks for reading,