Owner and creator of Core Education and Fine Arts or CEFA (cefa.ca), a junior kindergarten based on the European school system-CEFA has grown from one West Vancouver location to include others in Burnaby, Langley (opening this September) and soon in Yaletown and Kerrisdale.
Currently working towards her doctorate in development psychology
Mother of two boys, Julian, aged six and Dominick, aged three
Advice for new entrepreneurs
“The key is to be strong. Often when you start something new, you know what you have to do, but you may not have the experience. So, you make mistakes and unexpected things always come up. Stress can wear you out if you let it. My advice is to ask for help when you need it, admit when you’re wrong and only worry about the things you can change. Stay flexible, but stay true to yourself-no matter what happens, I always stop whatever I’m doing at 2pm to pickup my sons from school”
Worst and best business decisions
“My worst decision ever was not to listen to my gut feeling and to make a decision that, deep down, I knew was wrong. My best business decision ever is, and has always been to consider the people I work with as friends and as great advisors. One person alone can never know more than a brilliant group of people.
On balancing work and family life
“I am a planner by nature and extremely organized. My biggest tool is an agenda! Twice a year, I go somewhere by myself for a few hours, or even a day or two, and I think. I think about everything and everyone that’s important to me. I think about what kind of person I want to be for them: what kind of wife, mother, sister, daughter, teacher, mentor, and person in general.
Then, I write down what it means to be that person and what kind of things I need to do. I keep my list with me all year and based on those goals, I design my schedule.”
Goals and dreams
“I want to add a milestone to education and develop a program that can be implemented anywhere in the world. I dream of building schools in developing countries, possibly by linking efforts with a charity called Room to Read. But if everything I did and lived now is all I ever get a chance to do, I have to say that I would feel very happy and fulfilled!”