Canada Day: Q&A with Olivia Gampel
Tell us about yourself and what you do at Rafi Nova.
I’m originally from Toronto but moved to Boston in 2017 for graduate school and I’m now a licensed Speech-language pathologist in Massachusetts. I started volunteering for Rafi Nova when they first began making face masks, and ended up developing the idea for Smile Mask, given my background and knowledge of communication sciences. I’m currently the Head of Creative Solutions and manage the Intern program. I love being able to utilize my creative undergraduate degree and combine it with my passion for communication in a fast-paced startup environment.
Let’s talk about Canada, since it’s Canada Day. What do you miss most about Canada?
Definitely my family, as my immediate family lives in Toronto. I also miss the landscape and the outdoors. Just outside of Toronto are many Provincial Parks. It is really beautiful, especially in the summer. Other than that, I miss my favourite restaurants!
Where is your top travel recommendation in Canada?
The Rocky Mountains for sure. Google Lake Louise or Moraine Lake! Canada has incredible geography, and many great places to hike.
Are there any Canadian stereotypes you think are true?
Absolutely! I do think Canadians come across as very apologetic. We say sorry a lot, but more as a figure of speech. If someone bumps into me, I will probably say sorry. Not because I’m at fault, but because we bumped into each other. Yes, we all like hockey, and yes, we say “eh” a lot.
Do you have a favorite Canadian food?
Yes! It is classic, but I love poutine. It can’t even be a stereotype or a joke because I used to eat it all the time. It is really hard to find good poutine in the states, but there is one place in Cambridge that is great! Also, All-Dressed chips.