New Department Member

Introducing Heleena Mistry, our New Executive Assistant

I was born in the US and raised in the UK. I graduated from Aston University with a degree in Biomedical Science and since then my work experience has been pretty varied; I have worked in public, private and non-profit sectors. I have also worked in several industries but my passion remains in education, so I am really happy to have ended up at UBC! Growing up, I had dreamt of working and living abroad – I left the UK in 2017 to travel Southeast Asia. I also spent a year in both New Zealand and Australia working and travelling before coming to Canada in 2019.

Interesting facts — Last summer, I got my Class 6 learners license and bought my first motorcycle, I am aiming to get my full license this year. I've always loved bikes and after a four day trip riding in the mountains of northern Vietnam, I was sold. I am also an avid traveler (pre-covid, of course) I have travelled to 33 countries and backpacked in many of them.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on? I just finished a Business writing skills course.

What’s your go-to productivity trick? As long as I’m not hungry or similarly distracted, some chill motivational music in the background.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Neither, I enjoy sleep too much!

How do you prefer to start your day? Music, coffee and a positive attitude.

How do you wind down after work? Either a visit to the gym or a nice meal and company.

What energizes you at work? Seeing/making progress and having fun, interesting conversations with coworkers.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? I love hiking, cooking, working out and getting out on my motorbike.

What led you to this career? Some hard work and a bit of chance - being in the right place at the right time.

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work? My dad taught me to have a strong work ethic but on a daily basis, it’s the wonderful colleagues I am able to work with.

Have you ever had to “unlearn” something in your professional life? What was it? That it’s possible to maintain professional relationships whilst being able to have a laugh with each other.