Let me start with the professional part of my life. I began my 20+ years of helping entrepreneurs working in accounting firms such as Thorne, Ernst & Whinney (one of the top 7 accounting firms). This is where I gained a great foundation in the accounting field. In 1993 I realized I could do more working on my own.
Having done some advertising through a flyer I created, I gained one client. The rest of my clients came via word of mouth. Yes, I truly believe when you treat your clients well and provide quality service, you clients will brag about you. As I worked with clients I found myself setting up and optimizing their business systems, providing HR and managerial services and even a little IT work.
Being a single mom at 32, I embraced my entrepreneurship since it provided great flexibility, easier time management and better financial opportunities.
Now let me share a bit about single parenthood. It brought its challenges and it’s most memorable moments. One of the challenges I faced was when my children became teenagers… oh boy!! Thank heavens for an organization called “GradUit”. With this fabulous community, I gained skills and strategies that not only allowed me to improve personally, it affected my parenting and my entrepreneurship. My children stepped out of the angry teen years and have grown into pretty decent young men. As my two boys grew into young men I found myself believing there had to be more to life. GradUit helped me to see there was more to me than just being a mom and being a bookkeeper.
In fact, when the original Founder, Melanie Hayden-Sparks, was ready to retire from GradUit, my friend and mentor, Penny Lee Prevost and I expressed to Melanie how we wanted to continue this movement she began. With her love and support we are carrying on her work through GradUit Thrivers Inc. We are more than a personal development company, we are about change and connecting the community at large.
As I began to realize my potential and my true purpose in this life, I realized I have a passion for educating people, in many capacities. In my business I began training single moms in bookkeeping, which allowed them the flexibility I once enjoyed and the opportunity to earn greater income.
But there was more. I have a great desire to help single parents. You see when I became a single parent at 32, I swore I’d help other single parents avoid some of the challenges I faced, or find better ways to travel through those challenges easier and faster. Here enters, Single Parenting For Success Co. Ltd.
With this for-profit Social Enterprise, I get to enjoy the authentic connections I make with other entrepreneurs and resources that create positive change in the lives of single parents and their children. Through programs, events and collaborations I get the honour of creating a community that is ready for change and embrace the fact that there is choice in how we live our lives.
My mom taught me how to be involved in our community, creating change and believing we have a choice in how we live our lives. She has always been a shining example of what it means to care for members of our community, including our family. With awesome people I meet that donate their time and funds, I have organized clothing drives, supported charities that grant wishes and create events that celebrate the lives of single parents and children.
I am an educator, mentor, entrepreneur, daughter, mom, grandma and friend.
I believe creating a community of support, be it professionally, personally or paternally, can only be a great thing!