SHIFTer of the Month
- Amanda started her academic career in the Practical Nursing Program at Confederation College. But the same year she graduated, she decided to open her business, City Wide Sound. Over 10 years later she is still going strong.
- Amanda returned to school 7 years ago. She went back to Confederation to take Pre-health - just to see if she could remember how to be a student! Long story short, she obtained her Honour Bachelors of Social Work Degree with a Major Concentration in Gerontology and she is now in her second year of the Masters of Social Work Program at Lakehead University.
- Amanda’s academic passion is Palliative and End of Life Care, Dementia Care, advocacy, research, policy and community development. Her desire to learn more about end of life care stemmed from the mistreatment her Grandmother received during her death. Amanda promised that she would get a better understanding of the health care system and its policies so that this would not happen again - - and she has! She has learnt how to navigate the system and assist others in finding the care that they need for themselves or their loved ones.
- Amanda has worked on several academic projects which include Medical Assistance in Dying, Compassionate Communities, Illness and Suffering, Palliative Care and Aging In Place. She most recently completed a project for the Northwest Local Health Integration Network which required her to assess visiting hospice services in Northwestern Ontario and develop a toolkit and marketing strategy to increase awareness of these services within the communities. She also helped to re-create the Hospice Northwest Volunteer Training Program Curriculum to assist in incorporating the online training with face-to-face training modules with local experts.
- Amanda started Djing and hosting karaoke shows when she was 17 years old. She has worked alongside most of the companies in town before she realized that she was no longer willing to be part of a male dominated industry. So, the year she graduated from the Practical Nursing Program she bought her first system and has never looked back. Her company City Wide Sound dominates the local karaoke bar scene. But also provides high quality DJ and entertainment services for weddings, special events, shags, etc. She says that she would not be able to do all of this if it wasn’t for her team of DJs who go out of their way to learn a little more, and add to the growth of the business every day. I’m so lucky to have such great people on this team!
- City Wide Sound has provided services for many local business including: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, ACME, Ribfest, Fire Fighter Association, Lakehead University, etc just to name a few
- Their weekly entertainment/karaoke shows:
- Itai: Tuesdays 8pm-midnight, Fridays 930pm-130pm
- The Foundry: Tuesdays 10pm-2am
- The Bar: Thursdays-Saturdays 10pm-2am
- The Fastlane: Thursdays – Saturdays 930pm-2am
- The Royalton: Fridays (Live bands) 10pm-2am, Saturdays (DJ and Karaoke) 930pm-130am, and Sundays (Downtowner Sundays Karaoke) 7pm-11pm
Board and Committee Involvement:
- Ontario Association of Social Workers Board of Director’s
- Amanda holds the position of Chair for the University Liaison Committee
- North West Dementia Network Working Group and Steering Committee
- Palliative Care Education Task Group
- Palliative Care Community of Practice
- Rural Hospice Palliative Care Community of Practice
Involvement with SHIFT:
- Amanda has been involved with SHIFT in one form or another for just under a decade. She hopped on board shortly after her sister, Sam, made her introduction! She has been a member, the entertainment, Emcee, and volunteer - - Amanda is definitely not a new face at SHIFT events!!
- Amanda has been part of the NOVAs as Co-Emcee for the last 3 awards shows. Four years ago she was nominated for a NOVA Awards but did not win! She says that being nominated was winning enough. To have someone take the time to let the city know about your accomplishments was flattering, however, she would still like to win one before she’s too old!
Things you may not know about Amanda:
- She is the oldest of the 3 Mihalus sisters!
- Her nickname is Mama Bear!
- She is very nostalgic, traditional, and sentimental
- She is a Step-mother to a 16 year old girl…yikes!
- She loves to travel
- She is the lead vocalist in the local band Tin Pan Alley - - you will be seeing them at the NOVAs!
- She has performed as a vocalist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
- She spent time in the Canadian Armed Forces