Real People Series - Profiles
Amelia is a screening officer at Vancouver International Airport with 12 years of experience. She is a singer and songwriter and a transgender woman who performs under the stage name Saygal.
Riyaz has been a screening officer in Calgary for 11 years. He’s a faith leader and peace activist, and he speaks four languages. His great passion – at work and outside of it – is helping people.
Edmonton screening officer Gerome compares his job to his other love: basketball. They both involve communication, a desire to perform, and the willingness to work hard as a team.
Sandra, a screening officer in Winnipeg, has been on the job for 19 years – she was working at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. She’s a cancer survivor who is devoted to her two rescue dogs.
Shaquille is a screening officer at Toronto Pearson International Airport, an avid gamer and a mechanic. Seeing smiles on passengers’ faces makes him feel like he’s done a good job.
Steve says you should never keep going to a job you don’t like – and he’s been a screening officer in Ottawa for 30 years. Outside of work, he’s happiest spending time with his wife and two children.
Jenna is a screening officer in Montreal and a DJ and electronic-music producer as well. She sees her role as a screening officer as bringing safety and peace of mind to the travelling public.
Jackie has been a screening officer in Halifax for 6 ½ years and bakes amazing cakes in her spare time. To her, the most rewarding part of being a screening officer is the positive feedback she receives from passengers.
Vancouver screening officer Francesca can speak three languages, and she’s also a fashion designer. Being a screening officer is like designing clothes, she says, because both tasks require a lot of technical knowledge and attention to detail that generally go unnoticed.
Olumayowa, who has been a screening officer in Calgary for three years, studies early childhood education in his spare time and plans to take over the family daycare when his mother retires. He’s also a professional singer – “R&B and jazz is my calling.”
Edmonton screening officer Aurele thinks work-life balance is important, and says that being a screening officer is “a good family job.” And he would know – he met his wife at an airport 17 years ago.
“I like helping people,” says Grant, an outdoorsman, great-grandfather and a screening officer with seven years of experience in Winnipeg. He loves his job because he believes it makes a difference in people’s lives.
Giselle is a screening officer in Toronto and also a travel enthusiast, and she thinks that’s a perfect combination. She says her job is important because it allows people to get where they’re going securely – whether for business or for pleasure.
“I’m very proud to be a Canadian citizen and an Aboriginal,” says Ottawa screening officer Lauralee. She comes from Iqaluit, and is studying to be a holistic nutritionist so she can work to improve diets in Canada’s North.
Montreal screening officer Roberto enjoys going to the gym and watching horror movies. He once found an envelope at the checkpoint with 14,000 euros, and returned it to the passenger who’d lost it before his flight departed. Roberto tells us the passenger was “very, very, very happy.”
Screening officer Denise in Halifax is a proud hockey mom who cooks as a way to relax. She wants people to leave the checkpoint knowing that “I did my job the best that I could, so they can be at ease as they’re waiting for their flight.”