Meet Echa Odeh

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Not every teenager gets a chance to be in the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympics, but Echa got the opportunity to dance and perform at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” she remembers, “we put a lot of training into it, including practicing at the stadium.” Unfortunately, the outfit she wore for the event wound up in her garage at home and was mistakenly thrown out. “I was so upset. I can’t get it back!” Well, at least she has the memories.

The trip across the big pond
Echa, an Associate in the Restructuring practice, was born in Nigeria and moved to Australia at the age of two. She describes her venture to Canada as somewhat random, made easier by a reciprocal visa arrangement between the two countries. “It was a quick decision,” she admits. “But I clearly didn’t know enough about the weather.” Nevertheless, it’s been five years since her arrival and she’s now a permanent resident.

Though she lives and works in Toronto, she has also enjoyed some great visits around North America. “I loved Montreal and thought the people were really nice. Ottawa was great fun, including the ByWard Market.” She’s also taken in a fair bit of nature in Ontario, with trips to Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, as well as some weekend ‘cottaging’. And recently, she took a road trip in more southern climes—Las Vegas, Anaheim, Scottsdale and San Diego. “Everything was amazing,” she exclaims. Highlights were the Harry Potter attraction at Universal (she started reading the Potter books before they became popular) and the Coachella Music Festival in California. “Coachella was definitely on my bucket list,” she notes.

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Missing things
Speaking of things back home in Australia, there are a few things Echa misses. Her family is at the top of the list, of course, but let’s not forget the Tim Tams and the chicken salt! (Hint: one is a chocolate biscuit and the other is sprinkled on french fries or chips as they’re called in Australia). And some of her Aussie vocabulary doesn’t register here – “No one seems to know how long a fortnight is, or where to find the boot in a car.” Needless to say, she also misses the warm weather and the beaches. “Sorry, but I’m used to beaches being on oceans, rather than lakes. The beaches at Sand Banks, Sauble and Wasaga have been recommended to me, so I will definitely have to check them out.”

New to Farber
Echa only joined us in March of 2019, but feels she’s settling in well. “I like the culture and the family vibe,” she notes. “Everyone is friendly here, right from the executives through the rest of the firm.” And what does Farber’s 40-year milestone mean to her? “Reputable and sustainable,” she surmises, “and a very good chance of being successful for the next 40 years.” Hopefully we can convince Echa to stick around for the next 40 – even if she does miss her rellies and her Aussie mates!

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