Humans of Siva Creative

“The truth about stories is that’s all we are” –  Thomas King

Inspired by Humans of New York, every other Thursday we’ll be introducing you to one of our remarkable team members. While we’re big fans of LinkedIn, our resumes don’t tell our stories. This edition tells the tale of a 20-something working in the rapidly changing tech industry, his digital pet peeves, and a seaside town in England.

Andrew Arkwell

Before we sit down for an informal interview in the light-filled boardroom, Andrew Arkwell first prepares himself a cup of tea.

He carefully stirs one spoonful of sugar and a splash of 2% milk into a hot, freshly brewed mug of English breakfast.

This seemingly inconspicuous mid-morning ritual quickly becomes more significant to me when he reveals his British origins.

The natural habitat of a British computer programmer

Andrew, 28, spent his childhood years in Blackpool, England, but has since lost his accent.

He describes Blackpool as “a great seaside town with plenty to do… Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Tower, and Blackpool Pleasure Beach are all [huge] tourist attractions.”

Blackpool, England

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Siva’s Director of Development is a daily tea drinker who loves Canada but says he “misses the UK rain.”

To date, Andrew is the only person to ever use the hashtag #britsdochocolateright on Instagram

At the Siva office, Andrew can be found making changes to numerous web applications and mentoring Daniel, a Georgian college co-op student from Brazil.

His digital pet peeves include sites that aren’t mobile friendly, the antiquated use of the Adobe Flash player, and other markers of severely outdated websites.

“Blurry or distorted graphics are very easy to fix, but I still see them all the time –  even on websites for prominent brands! It’s pretty common for large companies (who often have to go through tedious, multi-step approvals), for critical digital changes not to happen as quickly as they should.”

Part-time office clown, full-time awesome guy, Andrew is the bee’s knees (AKA an integral part of the Siva Creative team).

Andrew’s work is buzz-worthy. Too far? 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked significant havoc on lives globally, and its impact has similarly devastated the business sector; challenging the livelihoods of those who depend on these businesses to feed their families. As one of the fortunate few, the staff at Siva recognized an opportunity to step up and adjust our model to assist the business community in examining individual business models and opportunities for future viability and, together, our clients have been able to thrive.

With today’s provincial “Emergency Brake” announcement, Ontarians and Ontario-wide small and medium sized businesses will be forced into yet another 4-week provincial shutdown. Siva recognizes the disparity and uncertainty facing both small businesses and the Not-ForProfit sector – and we want to renew our commitment to supporting the communities we serve.

With that in mind, we’ve got something planned. We can’t tell you just yet, but we will be releasing details of an initiative that we believe will at least play a part in easing the burden. Stay tuned! And stay strong!

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