B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) French, University of Hull, UK
P.G.S.L. – Post Graduate Secretarial Linguist Diploma, Bristol Polytechnic , UK
Other Pertinent training outside of your credential:
As a member of a small admin team, being part of the launch of careers of artists and sculptors, through several fine exhibitions by Marlborough Fine Art in London, UK and other galleries worldwide. This included the ongoing success of more prominent artists, such as Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Frank Auerbach and being made aware of their struggles on their road to success.
Through my administrative support, catching a glimpse of what it entailed to create a successful partnership between Toronto and Gode, a small Ethiopian village, to attain and enable self-sufficiency during famine in Africa.
Managing a major component of a logistical project for Chapters bookstores to successfully roll out hardware and software across their stores in Canada. This resulted in being retained as Chapters’ primary reseller and Value Added Reseller to the company’s suppliers/vendors.
Through my supportive role as E.A. to the President of an investment banking company, helping innovators and entrepreneurs in various industries realize their dreams of taking their technology, product or service to market. This would ultimately add value in fields such as healthcare and medicine, cleantech (environmental protection), cyber security and maritime surveillance in the interests of global security.
Years of Experience (in general): 35
Length of Time with ISAND: One year and ten months
Position at ISAND:
Clinical Front Desk Assistant
Any areas of Specialization:
Professional Accomplishments ( at least one):
-The Chapters’ Bookstores Project, as outlined above, which increased sales from $100K to <$1M per annum within 18 months.
-Making the successful transition from a career spanning many years in the private sector to a non-profit organization which, through its model of integrated services, is committed to helping children and youth disadvantaged by ASD and developmental delays navigate the world around them.
What brought you to ISAND:
Having provided administrative and business support to senior leaders and clients in a broad range of industries in the private sector, the struggle my sister had with mental illness inspired in me a strong desire to join a team which supports and provides a wide range of integrated services to children and young adults in need.
What do you really like about ISAND:
The commitment and passion of doctors, clinicians and administrative staff to truly make a difference in the lives of the youngsters and their families who attend ISAND resonates at the most profound level. This culture of commitment and passion also extends to the staff support of each other, with the organization continually striving towards improvements and innovation to build upon a solid foundation in the best interests of the population it serves.
A little bit about who you are outside of ISAND – hobbies and interests:
Keeping active: hiking outdoors, swimming as well as a passion for tennis. I also love to go to art exhibitions, concerts, festivals and to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences. Relaxing with family and friends is also important to me.