Like many women and working mothers who are more likely to experience burnout, Melanie Sodka began to suffer the mental and physical health symptoms of overwhelm. Her doctor prescribed her time off from work around the same time that she received a Top 40 Under 40 Award, praising her contributions to work and community. This paradox led her to deeply reflect on how “hard work” all too often leads to “overwork”, and begin to cultivate a healthier relationship to work.
After her high school experience was derailed by the pandemic, Felicia found a unique work opportunity for youth that helped get her back on the career track (and find her way to joining the Niagara Workforce Planning Board/Workforce Collective team!)
Alu immigrated to Canada after growing up in the Philippines, then spent ten years traveling the world and gaining international HR experience. Now settled in Niagara, she leverages her diverse experiences to support the success and growth of local businesses through talent acquisition and development.
Marcella brings her heart and whole self to work and it’s clear that that work-life integration is key to why she is so exceptional at what she does.
Amid this complicated time for youth launching into their careers, with most of 2020 and 2021 showing significantly lower employment rates compared to pre-pandemic– Kaley’s achievements are cause for celebration.
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