One is parenting. I learned so many lessons while bringing up my son in Canada. Being a very young new parent, this proved very challenging as I navigate the type of systemic discrimination we experienced as immigrants in the 70’s and beyond. Those lessons however, strengthened my resolve and I am proud to say it served me very well as I mentor and counsel my two grand daughters and the many members of my teams throughout the years. Another, is my success in the corporate world where I achieved many successes and awards. At times, I was the only black and female in many situations. For eg I was one of five women and the only black in my 1990 Executive MBA program. Developing a strong sense of self actualization is another accomplishment that I am very proud of since it gave me a toolkit to be used in my day to day life.
I am proud to have raised 3 very independent girls. Althea, Pamela and Breann. All are university/college graduates with jobs in their fields. I believe they are my three major accomplishment. When speaking of academic or professional accomplishments, completing my Masters of Science in Nursing and a Masters Certificate in Health Care management and becoming a Certified Healthcare Executive rank up there with being appointed the Vice President of Clinical Operations and the Chief Nurse Executive at the Center for Addictions and Mental Health. I’ve also receive the Alumni of distinction award from the University of Wester Ontario one of 10 recipients in 100 years.
The ability to use the knowledge I gained in my Master’s Degree in Christian Counselling that enabled me to counsel many blacks through difficult times. Founder of Scrabble clubs (100 tiles ) also (200 tiles } bringing black women and girls together to share and think. Being a participant of two community choirs that have brought joy and happiness to the elderly in nursing or retired homes. Helped in the 55 Plus to organize, execute and as team made its 10th Anniversary a smashing success. As a single parent I have raised three adults who have made significant contributions to its 10th Anniversary
Helping others see and realize their own potential; using my voice, strategic thinking and influence to challenge organizations and drive more equitable outcomes; helping to redefine the ideas of leadership in my professional and volunteer work.
Co-author of Beyond Math, a critical thinking mental math workbook for ages 8 to 13 years and currently working on my second book title Notes to my younger self for ages 13 to 25 years. Being a black leader with a voice Initiating and implementing a knowledge platform where employees can share experiences