Born and raised in Austria, music has always been a big part of Tanja’s life. Becoming a part of PRISMA and connecting with people through sharing the same passion for music is a unique opportunity. After starting out in the education sector, her love for travelling finally brought Tanja to Canada where she worked as an adventure tour guide in the Rocky Mountains and on Vancouver Island. Finding a home here in Powell River gives her the chance to use her experience in customer service and work alongside amazing people in order to create an unforgettable experience for PRISMA’s members and students alike.
Get to know Tanja better… here’s a short Q&A!
What is it about PRISMA that inspires you?
Born and raised in Austria, I grew up in a country priding itself with a very vibrant classic music scene. Especially in cities like Salzburg or Vienna you are just surrounded by it. During my student times I would grab the last row tickets for the Staatsoper to see a Ballet or other concerts. It is absolutely magical.
Being a part of PRISMA gives me this connection with my home on the other side of the world. It brings me back to the time when I was a child watching the famous New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic on TV, admiring the talent and being taken by the beauty of the music. It is very exciting to be able to be a part of something that connects people and creates something that can make an impact on people’s lives.
What brought you to Powell River?
In 2017 I decided to go hiking in the Rocky Mountains. I had just quit my job as a teacher in Austria and wanted to give myself some time to get my head straight and find new perspective. On the longest train ride I have ever taken (Toronto to Vancouver) I met lots of lovely people. One of them is now my partner. A few months later I returned to Canada, starting a job as a hiking and camping guide in Alberta and BC. Later on I decided to join my partner here in Powell River. Since 2018 I can call Powell River my home and I absolutely love it here. This town is full of amazing people who showed me so much kindness and support. Becoming a part of PRISMA is now my chance to give a little bit of that back to the community.
What’s the most important item on your bucket list & why?
Time. When I was little I always wanted to be older, because adults get to stay up late and get to eat as much candy as they want. Now I would love to sleep ten hours a day and when I see the first couple grey hairs pop up on my head I get nervous. 😛
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Bungee jumping, no doubt. I mean, it’s fun but also terrifying to jump head first into a 134m deep canyon.
What’s a trip that changed your life, and why?
After graduating University, I took a year off to go travelling. I saved up money, booked an around the world ticket and packed not much more than my passport, flip flops and hiking boots. It was an amazing time filled with lots of adventures, good and bad. Thinking back, if someone had told me how uncomfortable backpacking could be, I would have probably changed my mind and booked a two weeks vacation in a fancy hotel at a nice beach. Putting myself out there made me grow on a personal level and got me thinking about who I want to be as a person and what my goals are in life.