Name: Gabrielle Boyer
Position: Assistant to the Editor; Writer; Blogging Extraordinaire!
Year started: 2010
What was your first day like?
My first day was spent “playing Post Office”, a game Tina invented as a fun way for her to get you to do something totally boring. After several hours of sticking multiple labels on thousands of magazines, it’s a true testament to how much I needed a job that I actually came back the next day!
Last thought before you get to work in the morning?
“I hope there aren’t cops at Barnes Corner.”
Best day ever at work?
Seeing my name in print for the very first time.
Favourite part of the job?
Easily the best part about working for The Bermudian is getting to write for a magazine with so much history. I love getting to share treasures from our archives with readers through articles and blogs!
Worst part of the job?
Playing Post Office…and taking out the trash.
What is one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you?
That although I love my job here, it is my dream to start an organization to help Haiti. After travelling to Haiti to volunteer after the 2010 earthquake, I couldn’t help but fall completely in love with the country and it is without a doubt what I want to do for the rest of my life.
What was your first job ever?
I once packed groceries at Lindo’s when I was 11 because I wanted to save up to buy a Fendi bag. What I hadn’t bargained for was the paper cuts I was getting from the brown paper bags, so needless to say, that didn’t last long – I was over it before I could save enough.
What was your career ambition as a child?
I always wanted to be a Spice Girl – preferably Ginger because she always had the most outrageous outfits but I knew realistically that without a British accent I had a slim chance, so when it didn’t work out I wasn’t too devastated.
What type of student were you?
Depends who you’re asking!
Who is the most influential person in your life?
My mom and dad – they’ve always told me to be true to myself and to follow my heart. It’s because of them that I’ve always let my heart guide me and I’ve always managed to find exactly what I’ve been looking for because of it.
What’s the best advice you have ever received?
My dad always says, “Nothing lasts forever.” Indeed, life is a series of phases: when you’re transitioning out of one thing, you’re transitioning into another. It’s a helpful thing to remember if you’re going through a rough time and it also helps you to appreciate life when it’s good.
What can you not live without?
Passion: without it we have nothing.
What are you best known for?
Being larger than life. With me, everything is bold, dramatic and fabulous!
If you had the political power, what would you do to improve Bermuda right now?
I’ll just keep my opinions to myself; my mouth tends to get me in trouble anyway.
What is your pick for BEST:
Restaurant: Jasmine Lounge at Fairmont Southampton
Coffee shop: I don’t frequent the coffee shops enough to know; Diet Coke is my drug of choice.
Sweet treat: Anything from Dangelini’s Café on gluten-free Friday.
Local hotspot: Sitting off in a boat in paradise lakes with a drink in hand.
Local tradition: Good Friday – it’s the best day of the year for Bermudian tradition.
Local fare: Fish sandwich from Black Horse Tavern!
Local character: Tina Stevenson, Editor and Publisher at The Bermudian Publishing Company. She doesn’t stand at Crow Lane waving to passersby at 7:00am or rant and rave on the radio each afternoon, but she will consider it if you pay her enough.
Beach: The little beaches at Cooper’s Island – their natural beauty is insurmountable.
Deal in Bermuda: $2.75 for French fries at Ice Queen at 3 o’clock in the morning after a Friday night in town.
Thing about living in Bermuda:
Being a part of a place so unique – I always love explaining to people abroad where I’m from. Being Bermudian instantly makes you so much cooler than everyone else, especially Canadians.
What’s your best day?
Any day when my friends are home from university. Having friends spread out all over the world is tough but the day they come home is always the best.
Do you have a nickname?
I have a million nicknames but my most favourite people call me Gabstar.