I have been with Talize for the past 15 years! There were five stores when I started, and now we have 12 and are growing! I had just about 10 team members, and now we are here with over 40 team members. I enjoy working with a great team of people that are focused on the success of the store and company, sharing my passion for the business with others and helping them grow and develop in their roles and seeing that same passion blossom. At Talize, we have built a collaborative team environment – any time I can contribute to the team’s success, I find it very rewarding, and I do my best to ensure my team feels the same way about their efforts. I’ve learned the importance of communication as a building block to success – I now listen more and talk less and gather all relevant information from team members, customers, and colleagues – ensuring buy-in from the team is key to the success of our store.
Neil Marr - General Manager London
I have been with Talize for over 12 years. I love working here and, of course, love shopping here. The best part about my role at Talize is that I get to meet many interesting people. It is very nice to see the returning customers and be recognized by them, as well as see the smile on their faces when they see me, and they always want to stop and say "hi" and chat for a minute just to catch up. I also get to work with many amazing people who make my job much more fun. Our store allows families to afford nice, gently used clothes and shoes. Kids can wear current, up-to-date clothes without spending much money. We also have a variety of items, often unique, which you cannot always find at the regular mall. My role is to recognize the value of every item we price and give customers a chance to purchase newer or vintage pieces. At the same time, save them from the local landfill. I love working with my team. They are all very hard-working but, at the same time, fun, making my day go by quickly.
Elizabeth Gilbert- Merchandise Processing Manager Kitchener
I have been with Talize for the past four years now, and I feel so happy and proud to be a part of this fantastic team. I joined the team as a retail floor team member and got many opportunities to learn and get promoted to be a part of the management team today. The best part about my role is to support my team and the customers daily. Sustainable retail is so important because of society's social and environmental issues. As a thrift store, we are trying to give back the savings to the people by recycling and re-using gently used products. Talize team is rich in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The team is very welcoming and makes you feel at home. We have a good internal hiring system for people looking to move up the company. The most important skill that I learned in the past years at Talize is management skills. Every day I get to learn something new at Talize.
Meenu Jose – Retail Floor Supervisor Kitchener
I have been with Talize for the past 17 years. I love being a part of a company passionate about Sustainable Fashion because we know we are helping the planet simultaneously, providing customers with the best service and items at an affordable cost. With the climate crisis worsening, sustainability is a priority for me, and my role at Talize ensures items which would end up in landfills find a new home and are reused. The team at Talize has taught me many different skills which I use on a daily basis. Along with that, management supports making Talize an uplifting work environment for all employees. As a supervisor, I have learned how to lead a team in a productive yet considerate manner. This has improved my communication skills in a professional manner with other associates. It has also helped me grow personally and helped me in building relations and taking on new challenges.
Suman Sharma - Merchandise Processing Supervisor Delta
I have been with Talize for the past 14 years, and I travel all the way from Scarborough to Mississauga by public transit every single day as I enjoy being a part of the Talize Team. My role is very important because it helps people find stylish yet budget-friendly rare finds. I contribute to the joy of people who enjoy finding hidden gems. The culture at Talize is family-oriented, and I really enjoy the happy, upbeat work environment here.
Evelyn Duran – Merchandise Processing Team Member Mississauga
I have worked with Talize for six years now. I loved it then and still do. We have friendly team here, making work much more fun. I love meeting new customers and helping them; I enjoy working in fitting rooms and seeing everyone try new pretty outfits. Customers are happy seeing me there and value my suggestions. It is always nice to greet people with a smile and lend a helping hand when needed. In addition, I enjoy telling them about the savings in Talize, asking them to sign up for emails, and following us on social media. With rising living costs, everyone wants to save money, and Talize provides budget-friendly options to all customers.
Linda Wilkins -Retail Floor Team Member Whitby
I have been working with Talize for the past five years, and I am very happy to be a part of the Talize team. I enjoy my role as a Merchandise Processing Team Member. I have learned new skills in this role and have supportive teammates and supervisors who are always available should questions arise. Sustainable retail is vital to our society, and for generations to come who should be able to enjoy a healthy life, saving goods going to landfills and helping others buy affordable fashion and houseware products play a significant role. What I love the most about Talize is that we are all diverse here and come from various lifestyles and backgrounds. Nevertheless, we have bonded together as a family, supporting each other significantly.
Leslie Gow - Merchandise Processing Team Member Whitby