Export Development Executive, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
I arrived in Canada from Ukraine in June 2000 with my family, and Halifax was our destination. Many things have happened since, both good and not so good, happy and sad, but the more I live here, the more I realize how lucky we are. We can enjoy a peaceful life, clean water and air, a friendly and welcoming environment. I am really grateful for all I have in my life.
What are you most proud of professionally? And who or why?
This nomination that I received to share my story on Amplify East!
What’s your vision for Atlantic Canada in 10 years? What’s our biggest opportunity now?
Developing a truly inclusive society without prejudice and bias, allowing everyone to find their place and develop their potential to the best of their desire and abilities.
What was your greatest stage of growth? What made it a shift for you?
I think I am going through it now. I have come to a point in my life where I allow myself to follow my own choices and respond to my needs. This does not mean being selfish, just being myself.
What’s your deepest learning from this past year? How did/will you apply it?
Building up self-confidence. I am applying it every day, personally and professionally.
Who’s inspired you, directly or indirectly? How have they inspired you?
1) Stacey Holloway of The Holloway Group, who was the Keynote Speaker at the Centre for Women in Business Annual International Women's Day Breakfast on March 8, 2019. It was an eye opener for me that this brilliant woman, a professional leadership consultant, coach and trainer, had the same doubts and concerns at some point in her life that I have, and she even described them in the same words. If she could become so successful, why can't I?
2) Maria Osende, a truly amazing and passionate Flamenco dancer, teacher and choreographer, by her ability to inspire the love for dance and to allow her students express themselves by its means;
3) Nicole Johnson-Morrison, my coworker and friend, by her unwavering honesty, integrity, strong work ethics and outstanding leadership;
4) My father, the kindest, most openhearted and hard-working man I have ever known.
What would you have done differently?
I would have been more honest to and with myself and followed my intuition more.
What are the principles you live by?
Treat others as you want to be treated yourself. Be grateful for what you have and trust the world.
Export Development Executive, NSBI; Certified International Trade Professional; Certified Translator