Barbara is a Senior Vice President at Desjardins and a mother of two
Barbara knew from a young age that she wanted to be a leader and make a difference. She also knew that she wanted to be a mother and that she would be a better one if she worked as well. Throughout her career, she says she has been very fortunate to have the unwavering support of her family and friends. "They have absolutely helped me through this journey and given me much more perspective in life enabling me to think more clearly and stay grounded," she said. "It takes a village. It takes a whole family to work together to make it work."
She says that she has learned a lot from raising her children that has made her a better leader. "Collaboration is key in terms of the workplace and being more effective," she says. "That's what we do at home. Sometimes we're collaborating, we're compromising, we're working together to listen. Really listening is one of those important things that I learned with my kids and as I've become more experienced in leadership."
Barbara is also passionate about helping her community and giving back. She has been involved with the United Way Cabinet and supports the International Women's Forum. "As a woman, I have an obligation to help others whether it be mentoring, helping them along the way or in any way, shape or form. If there's anything I can do to make a difference, I always want to help." She is also involved with the McMichael Art Gallery women's council working to bring female Canadian artists to the forefront.
Mother's Day Wishlist
- Being with her family.
- Her best Mother's Day was when her kids made her a fancy breakfast.
Barbara's Inspirational People:
- Friends who have been supportive along the way.
- Men - Mentors at work who had young daughters that believed in her capacity even more than she did at the time.
- Her mother - who believed in and inspired her. Now 80, she is as strong and resilient as she ever was.
- Her father - who was always supportive.
"Pick your moment in time to do what you need to do. I had a lot of late hours where I couldn't be there, and I missed my children, so I made a point that I would be there for breakfast for my kids."