Manager of education and labour development
What is your basic job description at LO?
I work with an amazing team of individuals who strive to serve our members as directed by the strategic plan. Our priorities are to retain and develop membership by providing valued professional development and networking opportunities that help our members develop sustainable, professional businesses.
What is your background before coming to LO, and when did you begin work at LO?
Prior to my arrival at Landscape Ontario in May of 2008, I was (and still am) a proud co-owner/operator of Green Design Landscaping, an interiorscape, exterior landscape and holidayscape design/build firm. I was also an avid volunteer at Landscape Ontario as past chair of the Interior Plantscape Sector Group, a provincial board member and treasurer of Landscape Ontario. I was also the Interiorscape and CLP captain on the National Certification Committee.
When not at work, where can you be found?
Most of the time when not at work, I work on my garden(s) at home, and also spend time with my husband Rick and our four daughters. I love to be active, either with gardening and any outdoor sports/activities.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A physical education teacher.
What inspires you during your time at LO?
The staff and volunteer leaders who commit so much time and effort to elevating the level of professionalism and recognition that our industry so deserves.
Name your all-time favourite movie, musical group and TV show.
The recent movie, Invictus
, which tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. It was inspiring. My favourite musical group is Phil Collins/Genesis, and more recently I like Adam Lambert. The Amazing Race
is my favourite TV show.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ultimately, I would love to travel around the world, but if I have to select one place it is Japan. I was invited to apprentice there in my university days, but it wasn’t in the cards at that time. Maybe down the road.
Tell us one thing that few of your colleagues know about you.
It’s that I have a disgraceful sweet tooth, with jelly beans as the favourite! Only the good ones though!