When Roundhouse program assistant Fraser McElroy was younger he wanted to be a professional athlete or a police officer. Somehow he says he’s managed to meld his boyish dreams with his developing four-year career with the Vancouver Park Board. “I am around sports and athletes all the time, yet I also serve the public.”
Every new exhibit or performance brings a range of unique people.
Whether it’s assisting patrons and staff, administering first aid, opening the doors first thing in the morning or closing them last thing in the evening, McElroy is on the move and helping out, wherever he is needed.
JS: What is your current job title at the Roundhouse?
FM: I am a Program Assistant II, which means I have a lot of different duties that I perform on different days. Sometimes I am the building supervisor, or a cashier at the front desk, or the gym supervisor. I am also the centre’s First Aid attendant and I ensure the safety of everyone who enters the building.
JS: Because you wear so many hats, how did you prepare for your job at the Roundhouse?
FM: I have a two-year diploma in Human Kinetics (the scientific study of human movement) and I am close to completing my Bachelor of Recreation Management from Langara College in 2015.
One day I would like to put my education and my passion for serving the community to good use as a full-time employee, (hopefully, as a programmer), for the Roundhouse.
JS: Why do you like working here?
FM: I really enjoy all the different exhibits and performances that come through here every week. Every new exhibit or performance brings a range of unique people.
“I am around sports and athletes all the time, yet I also serve the public.”
JS: In what way do you find Roundhouse patrons unique?
FM: Many people believe that Yaletown is a high socio-economic area, but the reality is that there is a mix of income levels and multiculturalism here. On a daily basis, we see so many different people coming to participate in the programs we offer.
JS: How would you describe your co-workers?
FM: I find the staff here are very supportive and helpful. They are always ready to offer me guidance and share their ideas, especially when I’ve had to cover different roles like that of the volunteer coordinator or a special events programmer. I always know there are people here I can rely on to help me when I need it.
Meet the Roundhouse is a feature blog series published on the first Friday of the month. Jacqueline Steuart interviews staff members so that you can learn a little bit more about the people who help to make the Roundhouse a hive of creative and recreational activity, and the best community centre in Vancouver.
By Jacqueline Steuart, Roundhouse Blog Team. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Print Futures: Professional Writing program at Douglas College, New Westminster. She is pleased to write about the dynamic and diverse culture of the Roundhouse.