For an amazing 28 years, Eva Borbely has shared her talent as a Planning Technician with B&A and is now looking ahead to retirement at the end of April. She has worked on countless projects over the years and has helped bring numerous client concepts into fruition – we are grateful for her hard work and wish her the best as she enters the next chapter in her life. While she is often behind the scenes working away on project materials, if you have had the opportunity to meet her along the way you would likely agree that her spunk, good-humour, zest for life and dedication to office culture has been so special and unforgettable.
Who is Eva?
Eva grew up in Sarvar, a small town in Hungary with a population of about 10,000 where she was the youngest of four children in her family. Her father was a library director and her mom stayed at home with her children. When Eva was 19 she moved to Budapest where she met her husband and later had a daughter in 1983. Interestingly, during her time in Budapest, Eva worked as a cartographer. In 1988 Eva decided to move with her family to the United States, but happily ended up Canada. After applying to a few oil companies in Calgary, her resume was forwarded to B&A because of her experience working at an urban planning company in Budapest. Since then, Eva has dedicated her career to B&A and has worked on an immeasurable amount of projects throughout Western Canada.
Where did you begin your career?
Growing up, my father always told me that I was good at both drawing and math, so when I was 14 years old I went to a surveyor technical school as it would use both those skills. Most of my classmates were boys and we worked on many fun projects outdoors which I really enjoyed. I moved to Budapest when I was 19 years old and started working as a Cartographer and was then hired by an oil company to do reservoir geological maps.
What education did you receive prior to working at B&A, or while you were working here?
As I mentioned earlier, I went to surveyor technical school in Hungary and about a year into working at B&A, I went to SAIT and completed two AutoCAD courses and received my AutoCAD certificate.
What got you interested in becoming a planning technician?
It was a natural progression that sort of developed over time and was a good fit for my skills and personality.
If you didn’t become a technician, what career do you think you would have chosen instead?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a cleaner in the hospital or a hair dresser, but my true dream was always to open a Bed and Breakfast.
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
The best part is at the end of the day when I go home (just kidding)- the best part is when you when you get to see a project from start to finish.
What is one of your most memorable projects at B&A?
I started with the Hamptons which is now considered an older community. I also really enjoyed working on Waterbridge in Chestermere because I saw the whole process from the beginning- Master ASP to the detailed outline plan.
What is one of your favourite memories here?
I really enjoy being creative and having fun with my colleagues. Every Halloween we have a fun party where we are able to dress up, put up decorations and have some fun. We get together in groups and come up with a theme and work together to make it come to life. I have loved this event so much they eventually named it after me.
What have you enjoyed most about B&A?
B&A was a small company at the start, there was only 7 of us and it was like a family. The company has grown exponentially since then but it is still awesome with lots of interesting and funny people. We do lots of fun activities outside of work and have lots of opportunities to get to know each other on a more personal level.
What is something you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting out your career as a planning technician?
Looking back, I had no idea that a project process could take up to five or even seven years to be fully complete. When you thrive on seeing a project to completion, sometimes this can be a long time to wait.
How do you hope to spend your time while retired?
Since I was 25 years old, I dreamed about being retired and being a grandmother. Now I will have both at once because I have a new grandson who will be five months old when I retire. Spending time with him will be the best thing ever!
Any parting words of wisdom?
Please do not blink! You will be retired in a second. Enjoy your life, and spend time with your family. Work is important, but not the most important thing in life.
Congratulations Eva on an incredible career. At B&A, we are grateful for your loyalty, passion, humour and contributions to the creative social events around the office that shape our culture. You will be missed, but we wish you well.
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