Jennie Buerkle

Senior Accountant

What are you surprisingly good at?

I am surprisingly good at “Ticket to Ride,” a railway-themed German-style board game. Geography was probably my worst subject in school, but I am pretty good at mapping out the most efficient train routes to earn the most points.

What are you most passionate about?

One of my biggest passions is playing soccer. In the past few years I’ve been playing on a competitive women’s team, Guelph Lightning. I have learned a lot from my teammates and coaches about different strategies that have helped us to succeed as a team. I love that there is always something new to learn, even after playing for 25 years.

What’s important inside your community? Are you part of any organizations?

Currently I play the trombone in the Cambridge Concert Band. We play in retirement homes, malls, parades, and Remembrance Day services. In the past, I have been involved with the Heart & Stroke Foundation as a Volunteer Coordinator and the Community Support Connections as a Reassurance Caller.

What do you feel have been the most important successes in your life?

One of the most important and life altering experiences I have had was helping at an orphanage in Mexico for 6 months. I enjoyed learning Spanish, doing construction work, and teaching English. I also braved eating grasshoppers, worms and cow fat!

If you could be a superhero or have a superpower, what would it be?

I would have the superpower of being able to teleport myself and other people to wherever I want to go. That way, I could visit tropical islands on lunch breaks, especially in the winter to keep warm.

Anything else?

In my spare time I like to do triathlons, ride roller coasters, and go to Blue Mountain Scandinavian Spa.