Before I retrained to become a Minister, I spent almost three decades in a variety of senior positions in Vancouver. My previous life (so to speak) was involved in designing and launching particularly innovative programs for people making changes in their lives (you can see an example here.)
That life required that I be curious and creative and research ruthlessly. It demanded that I pioneer, connect people and ideas, and play well with others. It required me to look for the unique, listen intently, and tell stories. It called me to work with a variety of people and speak before all kinds of audiences. It also instilled a deep appreciation for professionalism in its most positive form – for me, this means mutual respect, striving for excellence, minding the details and following through.
What else about me? Well, when I am not serving others, I’m often thinking up ways to bring back the sense of community that can temper this fast-paced world.
Go ahead, read about some of my little projects: Neighbourhood Library, the South Downtown Waterfront Initiative, Art Bins on Patrol, Christmas jamboree. Or the “Why Nanaimo?” feature that has graced the Daily News for the past few years.