SHIFTer of the Month
Born and raised in Thunder Bay I had a typical upbringing spending weekends at camp and enjoying the outdoors while fishing and riding my bike. I was also involved in a variety of sports including curling, swimming, gymnastics and indoor and outdoor soccer. My husband and I met in Grade 9 and became close friends, sparking a relationship later in life following university. We have been married for five years and have two beautiful twin girls, Amy and Ayla. When thinking of my future, I never planned to reside in Thunder Bay. I left the city briefly to travel abroad but felt a draw to Thunder Bay and returned home to my family and friends. Thunder Bay is, and always will be my home.
I attended elementary school, high school and university in Thunder Bay where I graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Lakehead University. During high school I was fortunate enough to partake in a co-op placement with RBC and I never left. Once my placement was over, I continued to work part-time while obtaining my degree. Upon graduation, I was offered a full-time position with the bank.
This year marks my 15th anniversary with RBC. During my first 12 years I assisted clients in reaching their personal goals through investing, obtaining loans and purchasing homes. Nearly 3 years ago I became a Small Business Account Manager, working with businesses in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area supporting their entrepreneurial dreams. I love my job and feel fortunate that I help contribute to the success of small businesses in my hometown. When people think of a bank, they usually think of a place that holds their money or a place to borrow money from. RBC offers so much more than that. I pride myself on giving advice to business owners, helping them make educated financial decisions and ensuring that they have a trusted banker, lawyer or accountant on their side.
As a Small Business Account Manager, I believe my work helps to aid Thunder Bay in a direction of growth. New local businesses increase the number of job opportunities within our community and contributes directly to our local economy. I am privileged to work alongside many young professionals throughout my career that are starting out just as I did many years ago. My involvement with SHIFT has given me the opportunity to expand my network which has directly contributed to each of my client’s success, as well as my own.
I truly feel that giving your time is life changing. I am currently the treasurer of our local Hill City Kinettes Club that I have been a part of for the past 2 years. We are a volunteer service club that raises money to donate to local charities. I chose to volunteer my time to this organisation as the profits reach many different causes locally. Hill City Kinettes is a service club, which gives us the freedom to choose the charity of our choice to donate the proceeds of our fundraising efforts. It is an amazing feeling to know that our contribution has made a difference in our community.
If there is one thing I could share from my experience at RBC, it is that I care about my clients and I will do whatever it takes to make their dreams of a successful business come true. When a client’s business succeeds, I succeed.