Get to know Lauren – Bar attendant, barista and relief supervisor

It may seem a long way from an artist’s studio, but for Lauren, working at Canada Bay Club for the past six years while studying for her fine arts degree has not only allowed her to overcome personal challenges, but to expand her artistic horizons. Best of all, members can witness her talent for themselves at The Brasserie. Lauren’s dedication to helping people and making them smile means she’s the perfect person for her busy role in customer service, and along the way it’s given her a fresh perspective about her future career path.

Here, discover what inspires Lauren, what she loves most about her work here, and how she spends her time when she’s not charming our members.

What does your role involve?
I work during the evening, mostly in the Sports Bar or The Brasserie. It involves serving patrons, cleaning and closing the bar, so it’s ready for the following day. I always try to work my hardest to make it easier for my workmates.

Describe a typical day like for you.
As I work during the evening, I have a lot of free time during the day. I always try to make the most of this time and will usually either be studying something new, being creative or outdoors on adventures. I get bored very easily, so I like to keep myself entertained. I finished university last year so I have a lot of spare time at the moment.

What do you like most about working at Canada Bay Club?
I love the people I work with. I’ve made some lifelong friends here. Working with such a close group of people makes you enjoy going to work. We always have fun.

What do you like most about working in customer service?
Before working at the Canada Bay Club, I was very shy. Working in the customer service industry has given me so much confidence. I also love to be able to help people and make them happy. It gives me the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. You never know what someone is going through, so it’s nice to be able to make someone smile.

Tell us more about the chalk art you created in The Brasserie.
The chalk art was commissioned as part of the new renovations. I’m very grateful to have been chosen as the artist. The only boundaries I had were that it needed to incorporate the Five Dock Farm Map, published by E.D. Barlow in 1837, as well as images of traditional pizza ingredients. The piece took about two weeks to complete, as I was trying to do it while also working my usually bar shifts during the evening. It was a fun process and I really enjoyed experimenting with different techniques.

How did you learn about chalk art?
I’d always seen amazing chalk murals in cafes and artworks on the street but I’d never pursued it myself. I’ve always been more interested in traditional media, but once I started drawing with chalk I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be doing more in the future.

Have you always been good at art?
I have always loved art, particularly drawing. Ever since I was little, I’ve spent the majority of my free time drawing – mostly portraiture. It’s something I can sit and do for hours at a time. I also love art history – I enjoy reading articles and books on different artists and periods. I’m fascinated by the Dutch masters of the baroque period, such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’ve just finished a Bachelors of Fine Arts, where I majored in ceramics. I recently purchased a kiln and my next investment will be a pottery wheel. Once it’s all set up I’ll be spending the majority of my free time making pottery. I’m also starting to volunteer teaching painting and drawing in nursing homes a couple of times a week.

What has working at Canada Bay Club taught you?
Working here has made me realise that I want a career where I can help people every day, which is why I plan on studying nursing or paramedicine next year.

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