Open Jaw’s Canada Day Series: Featuring Engaging Aussie Carre Le Page
Carre Le Page
He's a long
way from home: Carre Le Page, Flight Centre's marketing, web and artworks
leader, may have been here only 3 years, but he already feels at home thanks to
the many connections between us and his home country: Australia.
were you born?
Tokyo. My parents were working for the Australian Tourism Commission for 6
years there and I spent the 1
st 4 years of my life in Japan. I
returned in my 20s for 2 years of a working holiday, so I speak functional
Japanese, but that's about it.
you come to Canada?
3 years ago.
back living in Australia for about 7 years after I returned from Japan, and
when I saw this job advertised internally I thought it was a great opportunity
for a new adventure. I think Canada has a lot in common with Australia. I went
to LA recently and really noticed what a totally different lifestyle they have
there. Here I'm much more comfortable; it's closer to what I grew up with in
consider other countries?
The only other place I had considered was London and I still hope to
live there someday. And everyone wants a dabble in New York City!
were your 1
st impressions of Canada? People are super friendly, especially here in
B.C. And people like to talk about the weather a
lot. You never waste a
sunny day – I once got into trouble for suggesting going to a movie on a sunny
st job here? The one I have now. I've been with the company 11 years, starting as an
you appreciate most about being in Canada?
I've really come to appreciate it, the hockey
and the North American sports, the way of life. Not a fan of Tim Horton's, but
do think that the coffee scene has improved since I got here! I'm on a work
permit and have just applied for permanent residency. I'm engaged to a
Canadian, so hopefully will stay.
could live anywhere in Canada, where would it be?
Where I am – close to the beach. Hopefully in
a bigger house!
you think would make Canada an even better place?
I'm not sure, actually.
you spend Canada day?
Some friends are having a barbecue on their patio with a view of the
fireworks. Plus some time at the beach.
you think you'd be doing if you had remained in Australia?
I'd still be with Flight Centre,
it's a massive business there and I'd likely be working in a marketing role in
some capacity back in Brisbane.