Born in Australia, educated in France, and now a new Canadian citizen, she is manager of corporate communications and French Language Services for the City of Greater Sudbury. She worked previously with UNESCO. For the city, she helped redesign and develop its social media strategy.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge?
A: In my professional life, learning to let things go and stop worrying about everything. My mantra now is: do your research, make a decision, move on, learn from your mistakes, and be flexible (no, it's not very catchy). In my personal life, my Dalmatian is definitely my biggest challenge.
Q: What was your toughest decision?
A: I was living in France, working for the United Nations, when I met my partner, Jo, who was living in Toronto. We spent six months doing the long-distance thing, and finally I decided "love conquers all." I moved to Toronto, even though I didn't have a job or a permanent visa. A leap of faith for sure but I wouldn't change a thing.
Q: What are three things you can't live without?
A: My partner; my iPhone; and hockey.
Q: How do you unwind after a long day at work?
A: I like to play video games, think World of Warcraft, Star Wars the Old Republic, Skyrim, with my partner. I read a lot. And I watch a lot of hockey although I can't say it always results in unwinding, depending on how my team plays.
Q: What are you currently reading?
A: I'm a big fan of e-reading because I tend to read a few books at a time and it makes it easier for me to switch between them. Right now, depending on my mood, I'm reading 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, and Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I'm also re-reading for the tenth time the Dennis Lehane detective noir series.
Q: Who is your most valued mentor and why?
A: I learn new things every day from each member of a really dedicated staff team.