The People of St. Alban’s: Meet Fallona!
Hey everyone! Meet Fallona English. She is currently one of our STARS after school program staff who has been with St. Alban’s for many years.
If you could choose an imaginary friend, who would you choose and why?
I would choose a fairy god parent because that way they could grant me wishes without being seen.
If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?
I would be a cheetah because they are my favourite animal and they seem so cool or I would be a sloth because they relax and eat all day
How long have you been at St. Alban’s?
I have been at St. Alban’s since I was 12 years old, so about 9 years. I started off going to summer camp and then I learned about all of the different programs St.Alban’s had to offer. After high school, I was so focused on my post secondary studies I stopped going to St. Alban’s but after a year of not going I realized what a great opportunity it would be to work at St. Alban’s based on my program in school.
What age group do you currently work with?
I currently work with the Rockets – so ages 10/11
What is your favourite thing about working at St.Alban’s?
I love my coworkers and how fun they make the environment for me. I love how each child has different bold personalities, I also love how St.Alban’s feels like a second home, I can go to my managers and talk to them like family and when I walk into the building I am always greeted with love and respect.
Do you have any secret talents?
I dont think its a secret but I LOVE the arts, so anything where I can use my creativity like dancing or doing arts and crafts.
If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
I would want to be able to fly because then I would never have to pay for any transportation. I would fly to work, school, the grocery store and even to other countries for vacation!
We recently caught up with Ayokah Beauchamp, who attended programs at St. Alban’s as a child. Now, the tradition continues as both her daughters attend programs here!
When I was 9 years old, I started attending the after school and swim programs at St. Alban’s. I walked there from my school down the street every day. My elementary school used the pool as well so I went there throughout all of elementary school for swimming.
Some of my best memories were spending time with my friends at the Club and playing in the games room after school. I loved the swimming program there as well.
I had such good memories at St. Alban’s that when we were looking for a swim program for my step-daughter, Ariel, St. Alban’s was my first thought and it’s so close to her school. She loved the March Break swim program so much and her swimming improved by leaps and bounds so we enrolled her in the regular weekly swim program. We saw that there was an all girls summer camp week and thought that would be perfect. She had so much fun we enrolled her in another week and her friend decided to also join. Ariel had nothing but good things to say every day after summer camp and she can’t wait to go again next year.
I’m going to be signing my one year old daughter, Aveline up for the Starfish swimming program this winter and continue with all her swimming at St. Alban’s. When she’s older we will also sign her up for summer camps as well. I love that the girls will be continuing in the tradition of having fun at St. Alban’s and learning to swim at the same place I did when I was young.
If you have an alumni story, please share it with us so that we can feature you on our next blog!
by Chris Foster,
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