Meet Sandra Pouponneau

Sandra is one of the longer standing members of the North Island team with over a decade under her belt. She is an integral member that works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that her department runs seamlessly. The epitome of a team player and extremely proud of her Praslin heritage – we introduce to you, Sandra Pouponneau.

How long have you been working for North Island?
14 years.

What do you do for North Island?
My job entails administration, logistics and travel coordination.

Where are you from?
I am originally from Praslin – an island in the Seychelles.

Tell us a little more about growing up on Praslin. What was that like?
Growing up on Praslin were the best days of my life! I grew up on my grandfather’s property which was managed by my father. Life was fun and carefree. There were many people on the property, so I was practically raised like a little princess. Cooking has always been my passion and since I was 8 years old I would always be in the kitchen, learning how to cook. The first meal I ever made was ‘Bouyon Blan’ – a fish soup. We did not have electricity on the property, and therefore used lanterns for lighting at night – this was magical and truly amazing for us as kids. Taking long walks on the beach under the full moon was simply out of this world. Because of this, I love the beach.

What do you love most about working at North Island?
I love interacting with people from different nationalities.

What would you consider your greatest achievement at North Island to be?
I have won ‘Employee of the Month’ award three times.

What makes North Island special in your opinion?
I love the peaceful environment.

Where in the world would you like to travel to and why?
One of my wildest dreams is to travel to Bali one day to visit the mountains and experience their culture.

What is your favourite meal?
Bouyon Bred – a local spinach soup.

What does your ideal day off entail?
A good swim and long walk on the beach.