We are very pleased to have five inspiring women on our Marché des Possibles team this year! We wanted to find out more about the crew making the magic happen behind the scenes, so we decided to ask these five entrepreneurs to interview each other about their implication in the market as well as their day-to-day lives.
In this fifth and final profile, meet Nora Chenier-Jones, family activities programmer as well as owner of Centre Vida Sana, interviewed by Mélissa Simard.
Mélissa Simard: What is your professional/personal background that brought you to doing this kind of planning?
Nora Chenier-Jones: I have my own company, Vida Sana, which handles planning for kids on several levels but the main ones being camps and birthday parties. I love planning fun activities for kids because it allows me to have a perfect consolidation with my work and my family.
Mélissa: Do you draw inspiration from your children or experience as a parent?
Nora: Being a mom of 5 children of different ages and having done the festival circuit in Montreal every summer, I know what works and doesn't in this setting. Not to mention all the suggestions my kids give me. Also given the fact that they come to work with me I want to make sure they enjoy it and want to come back, all the while keeping things stimulating and varied.
Mélissa: Do you draw inspiration from your own experience?
Nora: I love to have fun just as much as the kids do! I love to discover new things and different cultures. I'm influenced by all these things in everything that I do.
Mélissa: What has been your biggest lesson through this project?
Nora: Communication is key.
Mélissa: What are your dreams of the future or a cray kid/family thing you would love to do in any context?
Nora: I have many projects in the works right now but my ultimate dream would be to have several Vida Sana Centers with different activities in each one. This way all my ideas could be spread out in many locations that could service more people!
Mélissa: What is the most important thing to know about you and also about the programming you have lined-up?
Nora: I feel strongly about the lack of representation in the arts and in the kids programming. Therefore I really decided to choose different activities than what people are used to seeing at the Marché. There are some returning activities that were popular last year don't get me wrong, but I wanted a variety of activities. Each weekend has its own story!