rennie team tuesday - Gillian Russell

Meet Gillian, a new member of our growing advisor team. Learn 14 fun things about Gillian including what led to a career in real estate, a song she can sing word for word, and a charity she feels passionate about.

What inspired you to join rennie?
I was inspired to join rennie based on their incredible reputation and company culture. I had a gut feeling that rennie was the company I was meant to be with and it just felt like the right fit. 

What led to a career in real estate?
I have been interested in real estate for as long as I can remember. Until recently, I wasn't ready to pursue it and lacked the confidence to face my fear of failure. Over the years, I've undergone a lot of self-development that has helped me grow my confidence to pursue my passion and to take on this big career change. 

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
When I was twenty years old, I moved to Australia by myself and almost became homeless a couple of times because I didn't know how to budget yet. It was an incredible learning experience to say the least. 

A song you can sing word for word?
The first song that comes to mind is Eric Clapton's Change the World. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with it and I'd get my dad to play it on repeat every morning when he'd drive us to school. 

What brings you the most joy?
My family, especially my nieces. 

What do you collect?
Growing up, I loved Barbies and I wished that my mom had saved some of her vintage Barbies for me. So now I have a collection of some of my old Barbies for my future kids. 

Your industry idol and why?
Bob Rennie of course! He is the epitome of an incredibly successful and driven individual, yet he is humble and kind. 

Best outdoor space in the city?
Wreck Beach is truly an experience and the ocean is clean and beautiful to swim in. 

A movie you highly recommend?
Won't You Be My Neighbor, a movie about Mister Rogers. 

A stand out travel memory?
Skydiving over the Whitsunday Islands in Australia on New Year's day with my best friend that came to visit me. 

A charity you feel passionate about?
In 2012, my close friend founded a charity called Feed the People. It began by getting a few friends together to help make food to feed the people of downtown eastside and it grew into feeding hundreds of people at a time.   

A home project you'd like to tackle?
Deep closet organization and purge. I'm a perfectionist and can have a hard time getting rid of things, so this endeavor would take considerable time and effort. 

A favourite meal to cook at home?
I usually like simple and healthy food so I would go with a perfectly cooked piece of fish, like salmon or sablefish, with sauteed vegetables and brown rice. 

How do you decompress?
Meditation, exercise, and getting out into nature. 

Thank you, Gillian. Welcome to #teamrennie! 

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