I was born/grew up in: Labrador City, NL
I now live in: Labrador City, NL
What I do at work
I work with subject matter experts to identify future skills requirements and technology advancements for our company. I network with colleges and governments on skills development needs. I work to make sure that supports are in place for program and skills development. This includes working with other departments. Depending on the project, I might be working with the Human Resources department, members from Information Services, or operations. At other times, I engage with colleagues from our Operations, Maintenance, Training or Finance departments.
I use software tools and applications to build interactive on-line training programs. I engage with external subject matter experts and vendors. I work with them to find software solutions related to training as well as time and pay management. Much of my job involves having good communication skills.
My career path is
I was lucky to find employment with the Iron Ore Company of Canada immediately out of high school. At the time, I had no post-secondary education. While I enjoyed my job, I did not find my role to be fulfilling. After 4 years, I decided to go to University. I always enjoyed music so I completed a Music Education degree. After five years, I returned to IOC. My degree and my teaching experience opened many new doors for me. It led to several business improvement and support type roles. It also led me to opportunities in leadership roles with the company. These new roles were often challenging but rewarding and always a valuable learning experience.
I am motivated by
I enjoy learning new skills. I also enjoy connecting with a wide range of people both inside and outside of the organization. Seeing programs come together and technology advancements implemented in the field is exciting. I love the opportunity to use my voice and play a role in the advancement of the company.
How I affect peoples’ lives
I assist in the development of training programs. These provide necessary skills for employees working in more technically advanced workplaces. I play a role in ensuring that the business remains on the cutting edge of the mining industry.
Outside of work I
I enjoy time with family and friends. I like to eat, entertain, play music, and make and drink lots of coffee. I enjoy mountain biking and cross-country skiing. I volunteer with several nonprofit organizations. I am the current Vice-Chair of the Encore Community Arts Association Board of Directors. I also instruct guitar classes through the Encore Arts Academy Program. I am member of the Board of Directors of Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador.
My advice to others
Always be willing to learn and open to new ideas. Don't sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you. Take the necessary steps and be willing to come out of your comfort zone.