Our team keeps growing!

We are very happy to announce the addition of two new members to the Brightspot team. Here they are and, again, their answers for our 20 questions in 20 seconds, showing us a little bit of themselves.

Sheldon Fernandes

1. WHAT THREE TRAITS DEFINE YOU?  

Adaptable, compassionate and passionate.

2. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY?

Community over competition.

3. WHAT’S ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Stories.

4. WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE THUS FAR? 

Engineering school.

5. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT RESIST?

My mom’s beef tongue curry – I know it grosses some people out, but I love it!

6. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Isolation.

7. WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE?

Anywhere in nature – by the ocean, in the forest, in the mountains.

8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?

Hike.

9.  WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO AND WHY?

The Peruvian Amazon – I was down there as part of a small team searching for an anaconda to (eventually) prove mercury contamination from artisanal gold mining in the water, affecting nearby communities.

10. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL TO NEXT?

Australia.

11. WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST JOB YOU’VE EVER HAD?

Labelling CDs.

12. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU WANT MOST: FLYING CARS, ROBOT HOUSEKEEPERS, OR MOON CITIES.

Flying cars. We’re so close!

13. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATION YOU HAVE WITNESSED IN YOUR LIFETIME?

The smartphone.

14.  WHAT WOULD YOU DO (FOR A CAREER) IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS?

Writer in some capacity – film, music, books, etc. I’ve settled for Instagram posts, for now.

15. WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST OVERUSED WORDS/PHRASES?

“Sup”, “hey”, and “good evening”.

16.  WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO TELL YOURSELF AT AGE 13?

Don’t take yourself so seriously!

17.  HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Sustainable.

18.  WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?

Jurassic Park – biology and technology. I’m always running around searching for velociraptors!

19.  TELL US SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US ABOUT YOU.

I’ve started a few screenplays.

20.  WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO WORK AT BRIGHTSPOT?

I’m excited to be part of a small team building something to make positive impact!

Roberta Nunes

1.     WHAT THREE TRAITS DEFINE YOU?  

Determination, loyalty and compassion.

 2.     WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY?

One step at a time.

3.     WHAT’S ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Breakfast.

4.     WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE THUS FAR? 

Living abroad.

5.     WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT RESIST?

Bread.

6.     WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Not being able to reach my goals.

 7.     WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE?

My home.

8.     WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?

Spending time with me.

9.     WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO AND WHY?

Buenos Aires in 2011 because it was a refreshing for my mind.

10.  WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL TO NEXT?

Alaska.

11.  WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST JOB YOU’VE EVER HAD?

Recycle bins manager, as a volunteer at Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade.

12. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU WANT MOST: FLYING CARS, ROBOT HOUSEKEEPERS, OR MOON CITIES.

Robot housekeepers.

13. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATION YOU HAVE WITNESSED IN YOUR LIFETIME?

Smartphone.

14.  WHAT WOULD YOU DO (FOR A CAREER) IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS?

I would be a photographer or work with something related to photography.

15. WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST OVERUSED WORDS/PHRASES?

“Everything is going to be all right”, “Thank you” and “Let’s figure it out”.

16.  WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO TELL YOURSELF AT AGE 13?

Girl, don’t be afraid, keep being strong, accepting the challenges, and you will see the spectacular woman you will going to be. Trust me, you will love what is coming for you.

17.  HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Respecting and relating well with others, everywhere, make me feel a successful person.

18.  WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?

The Kite Runner.

19.  TELL US SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US ABOUT YOU.

I have played volleyball for four years when I was teenager, as setter.

20.  WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO WORK AT BRIGHTSPOT?

People and the business itself. I feel that I make a better world being part of a company that helps to protect the environment.