Everything the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (Raleigh Parks) offers the community is made possible by a team of diverse, skilled, and unique individuals who are proud to serve the City of Raleigh. Join us in celebrating those individuals by hearing their stories and learning what makes them special.
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Meet Jamie Quinn, Interim Director at Laurel Hills Community Center! Jamie has worked for Raleigh Parks for 7 years. She is also an Adjunct Professor with the University of Mount Olive. She has taught Recreation Management there since Spring 2018.
What brought you to Raleigh Parks?
I wanted to work in Public Recreation for the best city in the country! Raleigh Parks has always had a solid reputation and prioritizes the things I believe in - access to recreation for everyone, green space even in an urban setting, and a commitment to high-quality programming. This was the only place I wanted to work when I changed career directions.
What is the most challenging part of your work?
The most challenging thing about my job is also the reason I love it. Every day is different so I have no idea what to expect when I walk through the front door. This requires a commitment to problem-solving and quick-thinking that's well-suited for me.
Tell us about an inspiring moment at work.
I've started teaching some beginner gardening classes with the City over the last year and regularly receive updates and pictures of gardens/harvests from my students. What a feeling!
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
Every day comes with the unique opportunity to create a positive memory or experience for someone in this job.
What is one thing most people don't know about you?
I am an urban "homesteader" attempting to live as much off my land as possible. I have an orchard with over 10 fruit trees, multiple berry bushes, grapevines, a greenhouse, and lots of garden space on my 7000 square foot lot.
What is something you've never done, but want to do?
I'm trying to eat a banana in all 50 states and territories in the US. I have around 20 left.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
My college golf coach told me to always stand up for what I believed in. He made it clear that my advice and opinions might not always be taken but I'll never be heard if I don't speak up. This has been the driving force for who I am as a public servant.
What is one thing you cannot resist?
I will never pass by Krispy Kreme when the hot light is on.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I'd love to learn to fish (more successfully). I've gone fishing a handful of times and enjoy it; sitting still is a struggle for me, though.