Here at Loop, we take pride in the creativity and diversity of our employees and it is with that in mind that we developed the Lunch with Kelsey series. This publication features the creative, business savvy, and all around awesome people that make up Loopmedia.
Kelsey Griffin is Loopmedia’s in house Communications Coordinator. She’s a writer, social media enthusiast, and lover of well crafted sandwiches.
Every month, Kelsey takes in a lunch time meal with a different Loop employee in order to get to the core of who they are and what their place is in this vast world of media, advertising and design.
She’ll also show you what they look like when they eat.
Featured this month is a recent addition to the Loop team, Rachael Pleet.
A week before we went for lunch, Rachael Pleet sent me a link to the website of the restaurant she wanted to go to. She encouraged me to check out the menu, you know, in preparation of the big day. I found this to be a perfect example of Rachael’s personality; always organized and prepared and always excited for a free lunch.
Rachael is a relatively recent addition to the Loop team. She came on as a Producer this past summer and has found herself fitting right in to the studio. Her dry, self-deprecating sense of humour is both welcoming and entertaining and her unbridled love of all dogs, cats and dog/cat related media is the proverbial cherry on top of the sundae that is her personality.
Rachael and I discussed her life over plates of delicious Venezuelan arepa. You see, Rachael’s a cultured lady, and she therefore enjoys cultured foods. I myself had never tried the dish (I probably should have checked out that link) but am happy to report its status as delicious. I also found out that Rachael’s culture doesn’t stop at food. She has been globetrotting since she was a tot, living in England, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Ottawa and, of course, Toronto, and would like to think she knows where to find the best rugelach in at least half of those places.
Her professional career began after attending college for graphic design, with subsequent studies in printmaking and photography. Rachael’s ventures into bookbinding and print design led her to the world of publishing, where she worked in distribution. After a number of years, she decided to return to school to study arts administration, though she promptly ended up back in publishing after landing at YYZBooks (the publishing arm of YYZ, an artist-run centre here at the 401 Richmond building). After leaving YYZ, she boldly ventured an entire two blocks north to work at YYZ’s distributor, LitDistCo.
Despite her obvious love of books, she decided to leave the world of publishing in 2009, and since then, Rachael has called the 401 building her workplace of choice. After working at another studio space, Rachael moved several feet down the hall to join the team at Loop. I can’t say I blame her, this is a great building to come to work in every day; fantastic green roof, an aviary, a rich cultural history, and reoccurring tours of loud tweens on photography field trips. Okay, forget that last one.
It’s safe to say that Rachael is a great addition to the Loop team. Her cool and calm personality adds an air of confidence to every project she works on and emphasizes her high level of experience. She also knows almost every dog in the building, as well as several of the birds (whom she has graced with such imaginative monikers as “blue guy” and “yellow dude”). I for one, am happy to have her on board, and not only for the influx of hilarious cat memes now present in my email inbox.