Part C: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August

My passion is simple, my mission is clear....I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel).  I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for  families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference.  I wear many hats but the one I enjoy the most is the one my kids have given me, the "mommy" hat. It's the best title I could ever hope for. I am married with 2 small children and have the privilege of all the pleasures and frustrations that come with raising a family in these times. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEING A PARENT! http://www.annashouse.ca/our-staff-team.html
My passion is simple, my mission is clear. I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference.
I wear many hats but the one I enjoy the most is the one my kids have given me, the “mommy” hat.
http://www.annashouse.ca/our-staff-team.html

Writing while on vacation requires a lot of dedication. This is not to say that I am an extremely hardworking writer, but I try. I am better than most if I say so myself. Besides, writing to me is so much fun. So naturally I found time to do it.
As I am on vacation and way out of North America, my mood is also a little different. I am visiting my home country Kenya. Truly, there is no place like home. It’s all nice and tropical here. I absolutely love this country. I think everyone on earth should visit Kenya at least once in their lifetime. As a result of this very different mood of mine, today’s article is going to have a different spin.
In the past few weeks Vicki has shared several aspects of her career with us. One thing that I really enjoyed while hanging out with Vicki is that she has a very captivating way of putting her words together. I strongly believe that Vicki would make a great public speaker.
Vicki’s father, a businessman is very tough and powerful (Vicki tells me). Truly the apple does not fall far from the tree. During our initial encounter Vicki stood out because of her distinctive voice and fearless approach to networking. I immediately liked her. Like her father, Vicki is tough and powerful but also very hospitable. Her father has been of significant influence in her life and career. While Vicki and I talked, I managed to jot down several interesting quotes that were common place to her and her father.
Quotes by Vicki’s father Continue reading “Part C: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August”

Part B: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August

My passion is simple, my mission is clear....I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference. I wear many hats but the one I enjoy the most is the one my kids have given me, the "mommy" hat. It's the best title I could ever hope for. I am married with 2 small children and have the privilege of all the pleasures and frustrations that come with raising a family in these times. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEING A PARENT! http://www.annashouse.ca/our-staff-team.html
My passion is simple, my mission is clear….I believe in H.O.P.E (helping other people excel). I describe myself as a community-minded social justice warrior. I advocate for families and for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. I enjoy challenging the status quo, opening closed doors and helping people. I choose to make a difference.

As it is another Mentor Monday I am thrilled to continue with Part B of our August Mentor. If you did not get a chance to catch the introduction of Vicki Olatundun our mentor of the month, you are more than welcome to revisit the article.
I intended to ask Vicki how she re-energizes herself when she is feeling down, exhausted or simply stressed at work. To work my way into that question, I asked whether there are times when work becomes overwhelming or exhausting. Her answer surprised me. In Vicki’s own words, “what I do energizes me”. She explains that she loves her job so much that it does not feel like a job. On asking her why she feels that way, she went on to tell me that no two days are the same at her work. At the beginning of the day she does not know who will walk in or how the day will turn out. As a social justice warrior as Vicki refers to herself, advocating for families in need comes naturally to her. She is happy enough knowing that because of her job, someone’s life is about to change. To Vicki working at the family resource center is more like a hobby, something that she looks forward to. Something that she truly enjoys. This did not surprise me because it is unlikely for anyone to enjoy their careers that intensely, but because Vicki’s response was so sincere. Continue reading “Part B: Vicki Olatundun: Mentor of the Month of August”

Part B: Lennard Taylor: Mentor of the Month of June

Fashion designer & oil painter. Store Location: 393 Portage Ave, 2nd Floor. Website: http://lennardtaylor.com/
Fashion designer & oil painter. Store Location: 274A-393 Portage Ave. 2nd Floor Portage Place near Skywalk to Hydro building. Website: http://lennardtaylor.com/

Last Monday I wrote a preview article introducing Lennard Taylor as the Mentor of the month. I am sure you have been anxiously waiting for the continuation to this exciting new mentor of ours. For a quick recap revisit last Monday’s article but be sure to return because today Lennard lets us into the journey from the grassroots of his career.
During our interview Lennard mentioned that his first love was soccer. From his childhood all he wanted to do was play soccer. Being the go-getter that he is, a judgement that I prescribed upon him, Lennard went to Scotland to pursue his soccer career and to travel. Unfortunately he injured his knee which abruptly ended his soccer career. Upon hitting a wall unexpectedly Lennard had to re-strategize. He was forced to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan. Staring out the window of his apartment in a flat in Scotland, he wondered what he should do next. Continue reading “Part B: Lennard Taylor: Mentor of the Month of June”