Welcoming Our New Office Administrator

Zhanna is our new Office Administrator, she started in September 2016. We think she’s an amazing fit – very comfortable and capable around technology, she comes equipped with an amazingly warm personality and adds a great energy to the office with her smile. Welcome Zhanna!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Zhanna as yet, you can learn a little bit about her through some questions we’ve asked her.

What are some of the things you are responsible for at the church?
It’s just general office admin duties, but my favourite is formatting bulletins and readings, printing and getting them ready for services. It’s educational and spiritual at the same time as I get to read verses from the Bible at work – what a privilege!

Would you rather read on a Kindle/Tablet or turn the pages of a paperback?
Paperback, but I read on Kindle too when I travel, I don’t mind it, very convenient.

If you could travel back in time, what year or period would you travel to?
Any year when my grandparents were alive. I miss them awfully. As a child, I took them for granted and just accepted their love and gifts as any child would. Now looking back I am thinking what wonderful, fascinated people they were. I’d love to spend hours talking to them about their lives and experiences, helping them, sharing my thoughts with them.

Two things you enjoy doing on a Saturday morning?
Having breakfast with my husband and my daughter in front of TV watching “Friends”.

If you had an opportunity to give our Prime Minister Mr. Justin Trudeau some advice, what would you offer?
I haven’t had enough time to educate myself in Canadian governance and politics to form a valid opinion worthy of sharing I think. He seems to be doing fine from what I hear/see superficially.

If you had the option to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Can you share one thing on your bucket list?
Travelling to Africa with my husband. He was born and raised there, and he dreams of showing me his favorite places.

What’s your favorite book/movie of all time, and why?
Serengeti Shall Not Die. Book and Documentary are written and directed by Bernard Grzimek. His son died during the filming when his plane crashed inside Ngorongoro. Incredibly powerful, beautifully written story. I was about 18 when I read it and I was under the influence of it for many months. I dreamed of visiting Serengeti myself at the time. I suppose it will still happen if I get to do that Bucket list ;)

Do you have any special interests, talents or hobbies?
I love traveling, anywhere, for any reason, as long as I am on the move and seeing new places. I love reading but I am not getting much time to do it lately. I’ve been becoming quite passionate about gardening since moving to Canada and getting an actual garden – will have to see if I possess a talent with it though.

Thank you Zhanna for sharing. We are very happy to have you on board.


  1. Reply
    Terry Dranitsaris says

    Zhanna, it is a privilege to have you at St. Paul’s. I have spoken to you on the telephone a couple of times and enjoyed speaking with you at services especially when your family was visiting from England. I am sorry I missed saying goodbye to them. When speaking to them again please remember me to them. Thank you.

    Like you I have always had a desire to go to Africa, the Serengeti And to go on a safari. This has been a lifelong ambition. However now it is not possible as wheelchairs don’t travel well over that kind of terrain, LOL. Nevertheless, I can be a world traveller from the comfort of my home. The other two places I had hoped to see were the Holy Land and Egypt, plus Stonehenge.

    I love reading like you, the one thing I love about reading is holding a book, not a kindle or laptop or tablet just a read genuine book. Maybe it sounds odd for this day and age however I guess I am from the time when books meant a great deal , and I pray books shall never cease to exist.

    I hope that you will continue to enjoy working and being a part of our wonderful family St. Paul’s.

    I welcome you with all my heart and pray you are with us for many many long years. Blessings to you always, Zhanna.

    Yours in Christ,

    • Reply
      stpauls says

      Hi Terry,

      We hope books remain important as well. Thank you for your welcome message to Zhanna.
      Blessings to you!

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