Welcome to Saskatonians, the newest feature from Sasknow.ca! We are featuring and recognizing people within the community of Saskatoon, showcasing the great things that they do, what they like and how they make Saskatoon great!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Saskatoon?
From Bengough SK. and have been in Saskatoon since 1996, 21 years.
What is your favourite restaurant in Saskatoon?
Saigon Rose – love the fresh rolls there and always at a great price.
What is your favourite activity in Saskatoon?
Tough to pick just one as I take part in many annual events and activities. Top of my list must include slo-pitch, I play myself but also coach the Special Olympics Tigers. I have met so many people that have become life long friends because of that sport.
If you could change one thing about Saskatoon, what would it be?
Can we build a mono rail?! It would be awesome to travel from one side of the city to the other on a train.
What’s the best thing about living in Saskatoon?
The people make this city what it is. Obviously it is a beautiful city, but lets be honest, 4 months out of the year the weather makes it tough to live here. The people, however, never cease to amaze me with the charity events and support that happens.
Where do you work and what do you do?
I work for the people lol! Steve Kushman Productions Inc. is my own company. I first started working as a DJ and then became an event host and planner. Slugfest Charity Slo-pitch raises money for Special Olympics and I host that event on the last Saturday of May each year. From there I moved into coaching. I offer corporate training with a focus on team building and one on one personal development coaching that helps people get out of their own way.
What other interesting jobs have you had?
Some of my most interesting and rewarding jobs have been in support of persons living with intellectual disabilities. I worked in supported living care homes, in the public school system and at Camp Easter Seals. Each position gave me an opportunity to connect with wonderful people and also lead me into starting my own coaching business.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
I would honestly make it more than one place. Over the last 3 years in becoming a certified trainer I have had the honour of making great friends that live all around the world. This has already taken me to Australia, so next I will have to visit Singapore, Thailand and Africa to name a few.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Embarrassment is all about how you look at it. For me, I try to make them a learning experience so that it doesn’t happen again. I suppose one thing that has happened more than once is saying someone’s name wrong when I am hosting an event. For example, introducing the bride and groom at their wedding and not getting 100% comfortable pronouncing their last name correctly can be embarrassing.
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I really enjoy being alone. I spend a lot of time hosting events and being active in sports etc. and when those things are done or on a break I really enjoy the solitude so I can recharge and get ready to go again.
If you could have only one meal the rest of your life what would it be?
This question isn’t even fair! I love meat and vegetables so for the sake of picking one I will say Taco Salad. I prefer homemade over restaurant version and I do not mean taco in a bag either. I want ground beef, spinach, jalapenos, and broccoli, taco chips with some Catalina dressing. No need for sour cream and sometimes I include salsa.
What type of music do you listen to? Mom is a musician and my parents love music. Add the fact I work as a DJ and I can honestly say I listen to a variety. There is a time and place for most music and I am happy to enjoy most of it. In my heart however, bring on the dance beats!
Who is your hero?
I will say my grandparents and choose to name heroes rather than one. I cherish the things they taught me growing up.
What is your favourite thing to spend money on?
I will say I love to spend money on travel. My family and friends always ask where I am going next. I don’t travel the world all the time but I love to experience other cities, communities and culture.
If you could retire tomorrow what would you do?
I would continue what I am doing now but instead of calling it retirement I would call it financially free. I love assisting others and I know I will always do that in some way.
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Squid? What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid?
When I was 11 I started a small bush fire in my hometown. The fire department had to come and everything. As kids we thought it was so cool how quickly a chip bag would melt and shrink and we obviously were not practicing fire safety during our experiment.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Charlize Theron is at the top of my list for sure. I just watched her in Atomic Bomb and OMG she fine!
Your biggest pet peeve is what?
Not putting things back where they belong. It is such a waste of time needing to go find something when it should be in one location.
Name someone that you think deserves some recognition.
I would like to recognize my father, Maurice Koszman. He has been working his way up the totem pole with Elks Canada over the years and will soon be the exalted leader. I am proud of him, what he has accomplished and what they do as an organization.