Q: What is your role at HWI?
A: M9 Convenor – otherwise known as the person who sends lots of emails in the hopes of someone…. Anyone… reading them.
Q: How long have you been involved in hockey, and how did you get started?
A: I am relatively new to the hockey world. After months of daily nagging and begging by my then 5 year old to please let him play hockey and failed attempts at trying to convince him to play a sport that would allow us to have a life outside of an arena, we conceded. We signed him up for Pre-Novice and he was the happiest kid in the world. Even at 6am in the dead of winter, he was (and remains) pumped to skate up and go. Turns out, hockey is fun, arenas aren’t that bad and hockey families are actually cool. And sitting idle isn’t my strength – so I became team manager and had a great time. Seeing the innocence in my eyes and capitalizing on my hockey naivety, Dan Taza brilliantly convinced me to take on the role of convenor. It’s easy, he said…. just a couple of emails …. he promised. And here I am, glued to my google docs and sheets and hoping to make sure every single Novice kid has a wonderful season.
Q: What’s your advice for new-to-hockey parents?
A: Bring hot coffee. Get involved. Don’t wear flip flops.
Q: Other than hockey, what sports do you enjoy playing or watching?
A: There are sports other than hockey? In our house, all sports are fair game. My personal favourite on TV is Hockey and the Olympics. I like to think about playing sports but my execution of said playing is limited by my incredible lack of sporting ability (my sibling got all the sporting abilities). I do love yoga and running. My real sport is getting my kids to all their sport activities (hockey, soccer, tennis, swimming, gymnastics…). Does that count?
Q: What’s a favourite hockey season memory?
Benji’s very first hockey tournament at the DDO MAGHFEST when he was a Penguin. The kids had such a great time and it was so fun to see the little ones play their heart outs in what was their version of the Stanley Cup Finals
Q: When you’re not at the rink, what do you do in your “real” life? (For fun, work, or both)
A: Help people get stuff done? I pressed pause on my life in commercial real estate to focus on family. So now I work part-time, do a bunch of random fun stuff, try to fit in too much into my day and make sure that I lend a hand to those who need. And constantly wonder what I want to do when I grow up.
Q: What’s a quality that great teammates possess?
A: The ability to come together in victory and defeat.
Q: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had, and what did you learn from it?
A: Oh my word ….the one time when I was 18 and worked the elections. That was the LONGEST DAY OF MY LIFE. I learnt that I can’t sit still for hours on end and do the same thing over and over. But then I got my cheque and realized that no job is a bad job.