What advice would you give your 16 year-old self?
Don’t let perfect ruin good.
Which of your traits are you most proud of?
I am proud of my ability to work collaboratively with others, particularly in my field of rehabilitation, where we often work in teams. I always strive to be an “energy giver” and not an “energy taker”. I want my colleagues to leave the room feeling energized and positive about their personal interaction with me.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out?
The “3 As of success”. The “As” are availability, affability and ability. Be present and willing, be kind and courteous, and be competent in what you do. This is advice shared by my father when I started my medical practice.
What does success mean to you?
I think the meaning of success changes at different stages in your life. Going through school, the definition of success was always getting to the next “step”, whether it was university, medical school or completing a fellowship. I had a friend who changed my perspective about success, and I have tried to take it to heart. I now strive to meet small goals in different areas of my life (professional, family, health, community, and personal) and I am happier as a result.
What are sacrifices that you’ve made in running your business or building your career?
During my academic journey (like many others in my field), I was guilty of “delayed gratification”. I put off many enjoyable things in my life for my academics or career. Sacrifices are often necessary, and the biggest sacrifice in medicine is that your time is not always your own, especially while you are training.
What do we need to do more of here in New Brunswick to have more girls and women in leadership roles?
Women opt of opportunities before they even present themselves, because they fear they cannot balance their personal lives and their professional careers. Leaders and employers in New Brunswick need to encourage women to remain committed to their professional paths, and make compromises with their employees (whether this is flexible work arrangements, allowing employees to work outside of traditional hours, working remotely, etc). If women believe they can be successful in maintaining work life balance, more women will advance in the workplace into leadership roles and we will be closer to achieving gender parity.
How important do you view giving back to the community?
Earn. Return. You spend the first part of your life soaking in all of the knowledge you can, learning from academic and personal life experiences. Once you get on your feet, you work on earning your own way. Then, it’s time to return the goodwill. I am now focused on returning the favour to organizations that are near and dear to my heart.