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Julia Austine

Julia Austine

I grew up in Victoria BC, and started taking photographs for my high school yearbook (free film and developing, those were the days). During the work week I was a mild-mannered bank teller, by weekend I wandered around Vancouver Island with my camera. I started taking pictures of food when I met my husband (to be) an aspiring chef who moved to Victoria to attend cooking school. We married and moved up and down the West Coast of North America to follow his dream of being a restaurateur, always with a camera close at hand. We kept in touch with our Canadian friends and family by email and with the help of a webcam. I worked as a portrait photographer and banker until we moved back to the Lower Mainland to grow our family.

Finally, a captivating model, our son, who had no choice about being the focus of my lens! Once he tired of that, I moved up a step in the financial world and worked at a small Credit Union. I started taking classes part-time through BCIT to work towards a Public Relations and Communications Marketing Management Certificate. I wanted to use the knowledge gained to help my husband’s restaurants be successful and to support other small local businesses to harness the power of social networks to grow their customer base and increase the loyalty and engagement of their clients.

I have now completed my Public Relations Certificate as well as my Communications Certificate at BCIT and was most recently applying that education toward  promoting the restaurants as the Event Coordinator and Social Media Coach for our three East Vancouver restaurants: Campagnolo, Campagnolo ROMA and Fat Dragon Bar-B-Q. I am now looking for new and exciting opportunities to hone my social media and over-the-top customer service skills.

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