Meet the Publicans: Samantha and Olivia

For our latest Meet The Publican, we’re introducing our new dynamic duo Sam (above, right) and Olivia (above, left). These two have a friendship that goes way back and they both arrived at Public on the exact same day — talk about Creative team #SquadGoals!

We sat them down on the yellow couch to find out more about them… and we weren’t disappointed!

1. What animal do you identify with?

Sam: Hmm, my spirit animal is Betty White.

Olivia: There’s a lot of funny memes featuring monkeys with their hair sticking up everywhere. As someone who wakes up with insane bedhead, I totally identify with them.

2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Sam: Read: Bird by Bird. By Anne Lamott.

Olivia: My mom always says, “Take things one day at a time and focus on the tasks that are most important right now.” Working in advertising, this advice has become invaluable when deadlines get crazy.

Sam: Your mom probably read Bird by Bird…

3. What’s something weird about you?

Sam: My laughter can quickly escalate from giggle to cackle to snort (and sometimes even squeaks.)

Olivia: I can pop my shoulders out of the sockets. It usually grosses people out.

Sam: FACT.

4. What social impact issue means a lot to you? 

Sam: Recycling – one of my favourite parts of living in Toronto for me is finding furniture from my neighbours or making bunz trades to repurpose materials and create new things I love.

Olivia: Yeah, protecting the environment is important to me too. I’ve tried to become more purposeful about the products I use everyday–shampoo, laundry detergent, grocery bags, window cleaner–there’s so many ways we can reduce our impact on the planet.

Sam: We’re always sharing our newest finds or our banned products and brands with each other!

5. What’s your favourite thing about working at PUBLIC?

Sam: I think it’s safe to say both of us love the snacks.

Olivia: And the people… But, food is a really important motivator for us.

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