My favourite quote is actually a song lyric: “I get by with a little help from my friends." (The Beatles, 1967). I do believe that the relationships we build over the years are worth gold. They support us, they engage us in healthy debate and they make us accountable.
The most interesting job I have had was as a waitress the summer after high school. I discovered that I was not cut out to be a waitress and decided to continue my education. The experience gave me the incentive to move on. It allowed me to align my values with my strengths and my life goals. During the years I was self employed, I learned to be aware of my intentions as a business owner. It was not my business to run as I pleased, I was there to help my customer ... taking care of every customer was my livelihood!
One major expertise I bring to Community Futures is the ability to understand and provide change management advice. I appreciate systems thinking: working through a problem to find the best solution. I enjoy facilitating strategic planning and focus group sessions.
One of my life’s goals is to retire financially secure so that I can experience culinary travel. I love great wine, good food and traveling, so it is the best way to experience all three together.
It is hard to pick just one favourite book, but if I had to it would be “The Book of Negroes” (Hill) which I read while on a vacation. I could not put it down. It was a riveting historical fiction account of the life of a young African girl, through the American Revolution, to her senior years. Another favourite book is “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most” (Stone, Patton, Heen). This book provided me with the skills to look for the underlying structure of every difficult conversation and find the tools to approach those conversations with less stress and more success.