Get to know Sylvie Gasparella

Posted on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Portrait of Sylvie Gasparella
What is your job title?

Director of the Web Perspective program, in charge of leading, with a great team, the uOttawa website transformation project (what a privilege!)

How do you see your role going forward? 

With my life experiences accumulated over the years, both personally and professionally, I see myself as a guide, a mentor who can inspire and help others to explore and discover their full potential joyfully and positively.

Where did you complete your studies?

I completed part of my studies in France and another part in Quebec (Cégep de Chicoutimi, then at the Université du Québec en Outaouais).

In which countries have you lived or which ones have you visited?

I lived in France all my youth and then moved to Canada. I spent two extraordinary years as a volunteer in Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) on a very small island (5 km by 15 km) with no running water or electricity among a smiling animist people, surrounded by exceptional fauna and flora in a mangrove environment (sharks, snakes, sea turtles, crocodiles and sea hippos, etc.). I have visited several countries and regions: Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Cuba, Holland, Malaysia, Italy, Florida, etc.

What is your hidden passion?

I will not be able to limit myself to just one! Among these, music, singing and dancing come to mind (not so much online dancing though).

What is your guilty indulgence?

Dark chocolate, more than 70–80% cocoa!

What is your unknown/hidden talent?

Nature has gifted me with the ability to dance and sing.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Trust that the answer is always within you.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

A musicology expert.

If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?

Writing a book is one of my projects. The title is still a draft (maybe “born on April 1st, what a joke!”). This title because I was indeed born on April 1st and laughter is an important part of life!

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

As a young adult, I worked for over a year in a psychotherapeutic centre as a psychiatric nursing assistant with adults with severe mental and physical disabilities.

What are you learning now, and why is it important?

I am currently learning to sail for different reasons. The first one is to be able to assist my friends on their sailboats in the Caribbean and other parts of the world. The second reason is that sailing trips allow me to take a break from the long days of work spent in front of the computer, to socialize and to enjoy the elements that nature offers us: sun, wind, water, light, etc.

What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Determined, honest, enthusiastic.

What trend do you hope makes a comeback?

Back to humanism and the earth.

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