Day 64 - Hayley (1st person I approached)
March 05, 2014 - Hayley was born and raised in Surrey. At the time Surrey was a suburb of Vancouver. Surrey is now one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Hayley has an older brother, who she has a good relationship with.
“He went to live with my father when I was about 14, so we didn’t have that time together when other siblings become friends, but we are close now,” she told me.
Hayley went to one elementary school and two high-schools. She did well in high-school, and switched schools in the last two years, to attend a school that offered the more focussed and challenging curriculum program called International Baccalaureate (IB). Hayley told me,
“I did well in school, and worked towards getting into the IB program, even though I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after school.”
After graduating from high school, Hayley went to Kwantlen College, studying Environmental Technologies.
“I liked working with soil and taking samples and studying out in the field. I did a semester working at Agriculture Canada. I’m definitely not a desk-job type person. I prefer to be outdoors and working outdoors is better, for me, than a desk job,” Hayley said.
Hayley likes to spend her down time in the outdoors, hiking, and also enjoys swimming. She is engaged to be married, having dated her boyfriend for about a year and a half. I asked Hayley about their wedding plans.
“We got engaged last May,” she told me, “and we plan on getting married later this year. We’ve picked a location where the ceremony and reception can all be in one place. That definitely makes things easier for everyone.”
After one year studying Environmental technologies, Hayley still is uncertain what she wants to do. She is currently working, and not at a desk job.
“My fiancé and I have moved out to Chilliwack (a small city just over an hour from Vancouver, located in the agricultural belt of the Fraser Valley). He has a child and the pace out there is a bit slower, and we got tired of driving everywhere and the commute. It’s a better environment for all of us. I’m still not certain what I want to do with my future, but I’ll figure it out.” #notastranger