Born in Malaysia to a preschool teacher and mortgage broker, I’m the middle of three daughters. My childhood was filled with Sundays at the beach and weekdays being driven from school to tutors, ballet and piano lessons. It was structured yet filled with fun in the tropical sun! At the age of 13, we had the good fortune of immigrating to Vancouver.
My parents have always been entrepreneurs, from owning a highly successful preschool in Malaysia, to a busy flower shop in Burnaby’s Metrotown mall. I suppose you could say that the entrepreneurial spirit is in my blood!
I must say that my natural intuition for organizing comes from a phrase I often heard my mom say to us in the flower shop; “Everything has a home.” It is this phrase that stuck with me as I pursued my career in Early Childhood Education and subsequently transitioning into Adult Education. Recognized as a natural leader, I accepted a promotion from teaching in a private career training institution to campus management where I developed my skills for organizing space, time, resources and people.
As an Early Childhood Educator, I truly learned the power of positive encouragement. Celebrating small successes with children builds their self-esteem and empowers them to face their next challenge with confidence. This rang true when I became an adult educator 14 years ago and I now strive to be a positive influence to those I am privileged enough to meet.