Member Spotlight | Jordan Copestake


Meet Jordan Copestake, 

Jordan manages operations for a Natural Resource Training Group. She joined us at 2nd Edition Coworking back in April as a Hot Desk Member and has recently moved into a Dedicated Desk Membership! Read her full bio below!

Q) What is your title/position?

A) I’m the Operations Manager for Natural Resources Training Group. We specialize in providing practical courses and online learning opportunities for students and professionals in environmental monitoring, natural resources, and land guardianship. My role mostly focuses on our internal processes, and systems – I don’t typically venture into the field with our fabulous instructors.

 Q) How long have you been doing this work?

A) I’ve worked in service operations for around 7 years. Although I’ve worked specifically with NRTG for just 6 months!

Q) What do you love most about the work you’re doing?

A) I love that the company I work for has an environmental focus and genuinely changes people’s lives for the better. We have so many alumni flourishing in their green careers thanks to our courses and the work we do, particularly in indigenous communities. My previous job in the UK was for a driving school — I loved the job, but the company didn’t align with my personal values. I feel very lucky today that I get to do a job I love, in a company that aligns with my values, and I get to do it all from this incredible little town!

Q)Why did you join 2nd Edition Coworking?

A) I joined 2nd Edition so I had a solid place to work and get settled into my new job. When we first moved to town, we had to stay with friends for a few weeks whilst waiting for our lease to start, so it was important for me to have a place to work that wasn’t going to be in anyone’s way or full of distractions! The reason I’ve stayed a member, even now we have our place sorted, is because I love working remotely but I also like *going* to work. My brain relies on routine, so having a place of work separate from my home helps me stay sane 😅

Q) What do you love most about working at 2nd Edition Coworking?

A) Being right in town is great! I can tick off chores at lunchtime, easily get to any appointments, and I can get to work from the ski hill without the train causing delays (already planning ahead to winter haha). I also love that my desk is in the front room, so I can look at the Three Sisters at least 300 times a day.

Q) What’s one thing – either industry-related or not – you learned in the last month?

A) As an operator, I’m always interested in efficiency and getting as much out of the day as possible. Recently, I’ve shifted my perspective from “time well spent” to “time well saved”. It reminds me to approach process improvement and automation from a more human angle, and check in with my team to make sure their experience at work is fulfilling. Time is our most precious resource, so rather than trying to cram as much into the day as possible, I’m now trying to open up space in the day for our staff to come up for air, take a breather, and finish their working day feeling a little more satisfied and a little less frazzled.

Q) How long have you lived in Fernie and what brought you out here?

A) I moved to Fernie with my partner, Pat, earlier this year. We actually came over from the UK for the 11-week Nonstop program in 2020… Well, we all know how that ended! So, after being sent home early due to COVID, and spending a further month here in the 2021/22 season, we finally made the move back in May. The snow and terrain brought us here in 2020, but it’s the town and community that captured our hearts from day 1!

Q) When not working, how do you spend your time?

A) Our first Fernie summer has been exhausting. Between hiking, skating, road tripping, disc golfing, floating, and jumping in countless lakes, we never found the time to bike! Seriously, I don’t know how you all fit it in! Now that winter is on the way, I’ve been prepping for the snowboarding season with the fabulous women at Fernie Strength Collective and appreciating some hibernation time with knitting, binge-watching The Wire, and doing all the meal prep.

Q) What’s one thing you love most about Fernie?

A) Between the community, the beer, and the scenery, it’s pretty hard to pick! I have to pinch myself every day that we live in such a beautiful part of the world. Even though I grew up in the British countryside, nothing quite compares to the epic 360 views from downtown Fernie.
Also, the fact there’s a cheese shop here that sells *actual* cheese. Seriously, what is up with North American “cheddar”?

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