PFSE is kicking off 2022 with a new addition to our dedicated team!
Stephanie Darilus recently joined the Partnership as the new Development Manager.
PFSE Community Engagement Manager Katie Weston talks to Stephanie about who inspired her to have the career she has today and what she loves about making crafts.
Can’t watch the video? Read the interview with Stephanie below.
What was your first job?
My first job was at a movie theater when I was 15 or 16 years old. I worked at the concession stand, so it was super fun seeing everybody just excited to watch their movie. Yeah, I enjoyed it. I was young, but it was a great first job.
What was it about the Partnership that first caught your attention?
I’m going to be a little bit more vulnerable here, I think.
One thing that caught my attention was the resources provided by the Partnership. Coming from Haiti, a country impacted by a lot of natural disasters, foodborne illness is something that you see a lot. The Partnership’s resources are so important to help prevent foodborne illnesses. That was really important to me. I wish more people had access to these kinds of resources. It’s just so vital and so important.
What are you most excited about in your new role as Development Manager?
I’m just excited in general to be in this role! I love building relationships. I love connecting with others. I love learning about other people’s passions and their life in general. I’m excited to connect with others. I’m excited to get to know other people. So, I want BAC Fighters to feel free to reach out to me by finding my contact information on the website. I’m available if you want to reach out just to talk and get to know the Partnership and me. I want to get to know health and food safety educators, and provide a little bit of history and information about the Partnership.
Who inspired you to have the career you have today?
So many people! I can’t choose one. There’s no way I could choose just one because so many people have had an impact on where I’m at today. But one thing is for sure, the reason why I chose the social sector is because of the people we serve. I’ve always been inspired by serving others. The people I have served throughout the years have inspired me. That’s why I will stay in this sector. They inspire me every day to do what I’m doing right now!
Time for a few fun questions! What’s the best meal that you cook?
We cook a lot around the house. That’s something that we love doing. There’s a Haitian meal that I love and enjoy cooking. We cook it every year on January 1, so I recently made it with my mom. This meal is made in celebration of Haitian Independence Day. It’s called soup joumou. Soup joumou is one of my best meals, that I think I’m really good at and have enjoyed cooking over the years.
What’s the first thing you bought with your own money?
I think the first thing I bought was a phone. When I started working, I needed a phone to reach out to my friends. It could have been food or clothes, but I think a phone was the most impactful thing I remember buying growing up.
What’s your best work story?
I have so many because I’ve worked in youth development for most of my career. So, there are so many fun ones! I can remember hosting a karaoke competition with our students which was so much fun. The students played cool music and songs, and they dressed up as the actual singers. It was hilarious and so cute to watch them have fun! I can’t sing, so I definitely did not participate but I took pictures and cheered them on.
What’s your secret talent no one knows?
It’s not a secret, I don’t think it is because a few people know about it, but I love crafting. I love crafting or doing personalized cups or personalized shirts, bags, you name it! Whatever you would like personalized, I can do it for you. I love doing it! It just helps me stay creative, and I enjoy doing it. I have a Cricut, which is a cutting machine for home crafters. I just started to learn how to sew, but I’m still learning. I also have a sewing machine that’s fun to use.
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