Role: Vice President, Technology, Bank of Nova Scotia
City: Work in Toronto; Live in Oakville, ON
Jordan – 22 yrs
Justen – 20 yrs
Ashlyn- 17 yrs
Professionally, becoming a VP was the highlight and proudest part of my career.
Personally, I am very proud of my children and how they have matured into being responsible and respectable adults with an appreciation of the importance of family and religion. My daughter considers me a role model, similar to how I considered my mother. My sons have deep respect for how I have managed my career whilst raising them.
It Wasn’t Always Easy:
Finding the time to manage three young children as well as a full time job means you MUST be organized. Planning meals in advance, including freezing meals for those days that are crazy, keeping a list of things to do (Outlook calendar was/is one of my key tools for keeping me organized and setting up reminders of important dates ,especially school related events), and being practical around what chores must be done vs nice to be done.
Another key thing is to make time for yourself. Once the kids were in bed, I would go into the basement and run around until I invested in a treadmill. Exercise was my way of relaxing and feeling good.
Making It Work:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help…being a working Mom does not mean you bear the burden of working and raising a family alone.
Hiring a nanny is an investment, not a cost!
Professionally, I would like to continue to advance my career in the Bank.
Personally, I would like to travel more (especially to the countries that host the grand slam tennis tournaments!) and continue to be very active in the sports I enjoy (tennis, badminton and swimming).
I am very active – tennis, badminton, swimming , running, pilates. This has helped relieve stress as well as provide the much needed energy to balance work and family.
I am also active in my religion and believe my faith has helped a lot. It has guided me to make the right choices and provided an inner strength.