Meet Sofoklis, or as everyone calls him Sof. He’s been part of the Canterbury family for 6 years now and is currently the Events Coordinator for the Club.
What are some of your responsibility as the Events Coordinator?
From the planning stages of an event, to the set-up, to the execution and post-analysis afterwards – no two days are the same. It’s my responsibility to ensure my team is motivated in delivering the best possible event, operationally for our clients.
What led you into this career path?
Straight from McDonalds, I applied as a Gaming Attendant at Canterbury to pass time whilst completing my studies in Event Management. After only 8 months of being employed, I was fortunate enough to earn a position of Team Leader for the Reception department. From there, I transferred to the Food & Beverage department as Team Leader and realized my love for hospitality. I was then transferred to the Events department, where I finally reached my goal of working in Events.
What is your favourite thing about working in Canterbury?
My favourite thing about Canterbury would have to be the people I get to see everyday. I cherish the friendships I have built over the years and enjoy the great team spirit.
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
Some call me a hypocrite for hitting the gym 5 days a week and then going to a different restaurant or bar every other night. However, when not eating I love to go to the beach, do laps at the pool and making the most of the day – life is too short!
If you weren’t in this career, what could you see yourself doing?
I’m someone who loves fitness, water and being on the move constantly. I think, if not for hospitality, I would’ve loved to be a professional athlete in swimming.
How do you wind down after work?
With finishing times that are all over the place, there’s nothing better than going home, having a shower and watching TV.
What’s your go-to meal in the Bistro/Bakehouse?
My go-to meal would be the Wild Barramundi from the Bakehouse Cafe.
Where is your next holiday destination?
I would have to say, after a challenging time throughout the pandemic, I believe a well-deserved trip to Europe would be next on my list.
What advice can you give your younger self?
Take any opportunity that’s presented to you. There isn’t a time in life to ponder on whether or not a decision is bad or good.
If you won the lotto, how would you spend it?
Winning the lotto would mean so many things however, the one thing I’d do is buy myself a small island in the South Pacific or Caribbean, where if need be, I could get away to relax from the world.
What do you want to achieve by the end of the year?
I would love to achieve all my fitness goals by the end of the year and with 3 down, I only have 1 left.
What is something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?
Without a doubt, skydiving.