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5 questions to Claire "Zelda" Angeli

Claire Angeli opticienne

Get to know the people behind the glasses. Employee of the day: a Zelda who knew how to make her own adventure

Name : Claire Angeli

Nickname : Zelda

Years of experience 18

Territory : Mile End – Pointe-aux-Trembles – Rosemont – Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Montreal continues to live up to its reputation as Paris' 21th arrondissement. Bonhomme à lunettes certainly contributes to this, as we are only a few players away from having a full starting eleven from France. So it was high time we introduced you to some of our colleagues from Europe. The first to take the plunge is Claire.

How did you became an optician?

It came about by a combination of circumstances and a bit by chance. 20 years ago, I was trying to find my way. After failing my first year of medicine, I was looking for a course of study that would combine paramedical and medical work with contact with people. I knew absolutely nothing about the world of optics! I fell into it and it revealed my passion.

How did you end up working at Bonhomme à lunettes?

Another happy coincidence! I answered an advert and after the interview, Philippe told me he'd chosen someone else. I crossed my fingers that he would call me back, and a few months later he did! So here I am, working with a great team of serious professionals who don't take themselves too seriously.

Is there an interesting story behind your nickname ?

The nickname Zelda came from the fact that I'm a video game fan. I guess Assassin's Creed would have been a bit too intense. (We'd like to take this opportunity to say hello to our neighbors at Ubisoft on Saint-Viateur!)

What do you like most about your job?

My answer is going to be a bit corny.(the expression in French was bateau, which I had to look up on Google)I love EVERYTHING about my job, and even more so working with passionate colleagues. The difference now, compared to other companies I've worked for, is that I can offer products that are really affordable for everyone!

What do You Think is the Biggest Difference Between Your Job in France and in Quebec?

The biggest difference between opticians in France and opticians in Quebec, for me and at the time, was the recognition of the profession when I arrived. The biggest difference was also the feeling that you're part of a profession. That my diploma allowed me to do things that other people without a diploma couldn't do. That wasn't the case in France back then, at least not in 2012!