Cynthia Harris '96
“There’s no such thing as bad weather,
just bad clothes – so let’s go outside!”
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
I live in London, England and I’m enjoying a busy maternity leave after having my third little boy. On the professional front, I’ve been working at Sotheby’s auction house in London for the past 15 years, where I specialise in antique silver and manage the Silver & Decorative Arts departments.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Moving to London after graduating from Queen’s University was a big step for me. I’m proud of my 22-year-old self for taking the risk and completing
a Master’s degree in Fine & Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute the following year. Professionally, I’m proud of overseeing the sale of an object in 2010 that set a new world record for any piece of English silver sold at auction, and more recently for achieving a new world record price for any piece of silver.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I’m passionate about a lot of things, but at the moment I’m very focused on outdoor spaces and finding opportunities for my children to play in nature. Raising children in a big city offers a very different landscape to that of my childhood on Vancouver Island, so I’m keen for my children to connect with nature each day and to develop an early and everlasting appreciation for the environment.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
Continuing with the theme above, lately, it’s been the Swedish maxim ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes’ - so let’s go outside!
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
My husband and I are currently fixing up a 17th century thatched cottage in the Cotswolds so hopefully, we’ll be escaping there soon for some downtime. The tiny village consists only of a bakery, a pub and a scattering of cottages, so I shouldn’t be too hard to find!
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE?
My parents, to whom I am endlessly grateful. Their love and support have provided me with the skills and values to navigate through pretty much anything in life, including the loss of my Dad two years ago, my most difficult challenge yet.
WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?
A matcha latte with coconut milk.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
I have so many happy memories from my time at Brentwood, it’s difficult to choose - maybe the 70’s themed grad party that my parents kindly (and crazily) hosted at our home in Lantzville!
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):
Nick Prowse and Rob MacLean
I love History and Art History, and they both inspired me to think critically, look closely and to ask questions.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
Ideally somewhere near the mountains or ocean but I don’t really mind where I am as long as I’m surrounded by family and friends - they make everything amazing!