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 ( and their work).
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. Like the first neighbourhood library in Nanaimo, a number of City Repair type activities in my funky ‘hood, the now famous (in our own minds) Christmas Jamboree. Or the “Why Nanaimo?” feature that graced the Daily News for 2 years.