20+ years of helping entrepreneurs began with employment with accounting firms like Thorne, Ernst & Whinney (one of the top 7 accounting firms). You might say this is where I obtained a great foundation in the accounting field. In 1993 I knew I could do more so my entrepreneurial journey began.
My first attempt at advertising (by way of a flyer delivered by hand to local businesses) resulted in one client. Many of my additional clients came via word of mouth. Yes, I truly believe when you treat your clients well and provide top quality service, your clients will brag about you to their friends and associates. As I worked with clients in the early years I found myself setting up and optimizing their business systems, providing HR and managerial services and even a little IT work (okay, not a little, quite a bit actually).
Being a single mom at 32, I embraced my entrepreneurship since it provided great flexibility, easier time management and better financial opportunities.
Single parenthood brought with it, its challenges and it’s most memorable moments. One of the greatest challenges I faced was when my sons 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 improved my parenting and my entrepreneurship. My children stepped out of the angry teen years (did you know that of the 7 emotions they have 6 of them are anger) 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 teachings helped me to see there was more to me than just being a mom and 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. I realized I have a strong passion as a teacher, in many capacities, sharing knowledge and experiences with others. In business I began training single moms in bookkeeping, which allowed them the flexibility I once enjoyed, and provided them with the opportunity to earn greater income.
My Greatest Desire
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.
As a for-profit Social Enterprise, I get to enjoy the authentic connections I make with other entrepreneurs and resources to 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. My mom represents the phrase “Feel the Fear…. and Do It Anyway”. For life is about change and choices and moving forward. 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!