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In Focus | Elishia Nemeth

Meet Elishia Nemeth. Elishia is from Cambell River but has lived in Kamloops for over a year. She is a dynamic woman who loves karaoke and checking out the local eateries.

<who> Photo Credit: Elishia Nemeth

Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kamloops?
I grew up in the small town of Campbell River, spent most of my adult life in beautiful Victoria and moved to Kamloops a year and a half ago.

Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
My niece Ella.

What is your favourite local store in Kamloops and why?
Far and Wide because I love plants! Everything in the store screams “ELISHIA” and also reminds me of the island!

Describe yourself in one word.

If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Peru so that I can climb Machu Picchu and see all the llamas.
<who> Photo Credit: Elishia Nemeth

What is your favourite activity in Kamloops?
Eating! I love to cook and I love going out to different restaurants with friends and family.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
When I fell off of the stage singing TLC’s No Scrubs at karaoke.

What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
When I was in Vietnam I was inspired by the way of life there, especially in the north. People are radiantly happy and time almost feels like it doesn’t exist. There wasn’t any one specific moment or happening but just being there was extraordinary.

Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
It’s tough to choose one but I think our family trip to Disneyland stands out. My parents, two brothers and I all drove from my hometown of Campbell River all the way there. One of the things that I clearly remember is my Dad had wired to a TV/VHS player to our Aerostar minivan. Then to top it off he took a headphone splitter so that two of us could listen to the movie at the same time. This was revolutionary for this time period! It’s amazing to see how far technology has come between 2002 and today.

Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
I donate my services to other artists in town for photoshoots, contests and promotions. I would love to do more to give back to my community.
<who> Photo Credit: Elishia Nemeth

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Waste management and in turn pollution. We should all do our part to take care of the planet we live on!

Where would you sneak away to in Kamloops to spend some time alone?
Anywhere close to the water.

Where would you like to see positive change in Kamloops and why?
The transit system because currently, some routes don’t run often or very late. If there was more accessibility fewer people would drive causing less pollution.

What do you think makes Kamloops great?
It is absolutely stunning! There isn’t a single part of the city that doesn’t have a beautiful view. Also, my whole family is here and being able to spend time with them is always great!

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
The bucket list is lengthy! 3 things off the top of my head are to skydive, to see the Red Hot Chilli Peppers live and to climb Machu Picchu.
<who> Photo Credit: Elishia Nemeth

Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I love Philosophy and audited a course at UVIC.

How do people connect with you, personally, through social media?
Instagram: elishiascissorhands.

Why did you get into/start this business?
I’ve done hair since Barbies! It naturally lent into a career. At 17 I enrolled in cosmetology fresh out of high school and have loved it ever since. It allowed me to be creative and make people feel great every day!

What is the goal of your business?
I would love to own my own salon one day.

What has been your biggest struggle either at work or in life?
Finding balance in anything. I find staying active and meditation help the most.
<who> Photo Credit: Elishia Nemeth

What do you always find yourself saying?
“You’re the boss applesauce.”

Tell us your best piece of life advice.
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together,” Marilyn Monroe.

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
David Attenborough. Just listening to him talk would be enough let alone being able to chat with him about all of the incredible journeys he’s been on.

Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
Because it helps the local economy grow. What’s better than seeing the city you live in thrive?
<who> Photo Credit: Elishia Nemeth

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
My solo backpacking trip to Thailand and Vietnam. I loved being out by myself and pushed the furthest outside of my comfort zone I could’ve ever imagined.

Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
My parents! They are amazing humans. I was incredibly fortunate to have the childhood I did thanks to them. I owe them the world and probably don’t show my appreciation enough.

My choice for the KamloopsBCNow In Focus spotlight is:
Layah Davidson

Some general comments I would like to share are:
This interview was one of the most challenging things I’ve had to do in a long time. I think it was very inspiring to check in with myself and reflect on where I am right now.
<who> Photo Credit: Elishia Nemeth

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