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Office Manager Toronto – Part-Time

Office Manager required in Toronto at 7D Surgical – two days per week.

Salary – Commensurate with candidate’s qualifications

Length of position – Permanent, part-time (2 days per week to start)

Location – 60 Scarsdale Road, Unit 118, Toronto, ON, M3Bc2R7

Company Description:

7D Surgical is a Toronto-based medical device company. We are developing the next generation of surgical navigation technologies that directly addresses major pain points associated with current systems: their difficulty of use, and lengthy setup time. We are looking for creative self-motivated team players who thrive in a fast-paced environment and are up to the challenges of bringing innovative medical devices to market.

Human Resources

  • New hire paperwork and orientation
  • Maintain company/employee files
  • Assist team with recruitment of new employees through multiple channels
  • Payroll support
  • Vacation/time off scheduling

Office Maintenance

  • Maintaining office + office supplies
  • Setting up for client meetings (includes coffee, catering etc)
  • Manage invoices and payments from all vendors + clients
  • Schedule employees’ performance reviews
  • Coordinate cleaning services, building repairs, maintenance, fire alarm monitoring, etc. (if required)
  • Ensure the office environment is kept neat and organized in common areas

Assistant Tasks

  • Support monthly reconciliation of financial records and accounts
  • Regular communication with bookkeeper
  • Prepare quarterly HST returns
  • Support SRED tax filings
  • Book travel for company employees, schedule meetings
  • Set up + confirm meetings
  • Managing invoices + client payments
  • Arrange for courier pick ups
  • Prepare documents, presentations, and materials as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Office Administration Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a role similar to the position description including office management and administrative assistant
  • Proficient in Office Suite
  • Proficient in quick books
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication
  • Strong organizational skills + time management skills
  • Highly resourceful
  • Dependability – the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance
  • Self-motivated and self-managing
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Attention to details

Note: The above description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities due to the nature of work performed to accomplish 7D Surgical’s Mission.

How to Apply:

Send your resume, referencing CareerFit Mom to:

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HIIT Workout – various formats

I did this workout with my Sculpt & Sizzle class tonight.  Whew!  Sculpt & Sizzle Mar 30-16

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“Who are the People in your Neighborhood?” – Why Networking with other Parents is Good for your Career

Think Differently about the networking you already Do

Networking is a dirty word for many of us.

The idea of “getting out there” to advance your career makes us feel uncomfortable.

I’d argue that as a mom, you’re already doing a lot of networking. It is the community you’re building with parents you meet at drop-in centres, playgrounds, mom’s groups and kid’s programs that can enhance your career in the short and long term.

Connect to Spark some Entrepreneurial Spirit:

I know many moms who formed friendships during maternity leave who went on to create successful business partnerships. Oaks ‘n acorns, the studio where I run my group fitness business is an example. The co-owners met in a mommy group and decided they didn’t want the experience to end…so they created a space where parents can hang out with their kids and other adults while learning and fun! There are many women who didn’t believe they had the skills to become entrepreneurs but then went on to pursue a business opportunity while on maternity leave. Often times it was meeting other moms with kids the same age that became the catalyst for some amazing business collaborations.

If you don’t partner with another mom on your entrepreneurial venture, you will gain the support of other parents as you launch your own business. Before I started CareerFit Mom I utilized my mom’s group for market research through an online questionnaire. Their feedback was invaluable and many of them became my first clients!

Connect to Reinvent Your Career:

If you are considering making a career change, knowing the professional backgrounds of other parents is crucial. Your “mom network” is a resource to discover new opportunities and potential contacts that can help you move forward.

Be genuinely interested in what people do in their careers by asking them about their professional life. You may find yourself at a playdate where the kids are happily engaged and your conversation with the other mom leads to careers. Learn what path she took and discuss the commonalities and differences you have in your educational and professional lives. You may even discover people or experiences you have in common, which further cements your bond.

Connect to Help Others (and Yourself!) Advance a Career:

When you are linked into the career backgrounds and ambitions of the parents in your community, you can offer your own guidance, support and connections. The more you help others, the more people will remember to recommend you for a coveted job opening or provide an introduction to a hiring manager you need to meet. I call this “Career Karma” – what goes around, comes around!

So as you get to know more parents, ask about their careers and tell them about your own. You’ll develop confidence in your career story and naturally create new professional opportunities. Don’t forget to connect with your new mom friends on LinkedIn when you get home from that playdate!


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Transitioning Back to Work after Maternity Leave


Used under the Flickr Creative Commons license Photo by: Sal / Wondermonkey2k

Used under the Flickr Creative Commons license Photo by: Sal / Wondermonkey2k

Ah, the emotional roller coaster that comes with a parental leave from work.

Before and during your pregnancy, you feel fully engaged and enthusiastic about progressing your career. The first few months with your baby throws everything into a crazy mess as you get to know your child. For many of my clients, it is difficult to transition from work to being at home with a baby. Not only is your job a big part of your self-esteem and confidence, it is also where you spent the majority of your waking hours. Now you’re awake all the time as a new mom dealing with your infant’s needs. As your maternity leave draws to a close, you feel anxious about what the world of work will look like upon your return and how you’ll cope with leaving your baby with another caregiver.


It is smart to have a loose strategy about how you plan to communicate with work while you’re on maternity leave. Having some informal interactions will keep you in the loop and help reduce anxiety. It’s almost like desensitizing yourself to the shock of going to back. Here are my tips for how soon and how often to touch base and what kind of communication is most appropriate.

When Baby Arrives:

Send an email to your closest work contacts – to your manager, direct reports and significant colleagues. They will want to share your joy! Write a brief message to let them know you made it through your journey. Introduce your child by name and include a photo because they’ll definitely want to see if your baby looks like you!

Show and Tell:

A visit to the workplace can be a nice outing if yours is a safe and welcoming environment for a baby. Arrange a time with anyone you’re close to and make sure your boss is aware you’re coming in. This will be a good time to touch base but keep it light and personal. You don’t need to be dragged into your responsibilities or projects. Simply say hello to your replacement but stop yourself from looking over their shoulder at your old work.

Only go into the office if you are really interested and ready. It may take, 6, 8 or 12 weeks to feel like you have it “together” enough to make an appearance. For me, there happened to be a company holiday party scheduled for about 6 weeks after my twins were born. My husband and I attended with the babies but I felt anxious the entire time. In retrospect it was probably too early for me to feel comfortable attending a big event with my colleagues passing the girls around from person to person.

Staying Connected Online:

Enjoy your maternity leave and if you’d like to, keep in touch via email or social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram with your close friends from work. Make it a social conversation and let them know up front how much office news you want to be made aware of.

Lunch Dates:

Perhaps schedule a lunch or coffee date about halfway through your leave, if you have a close relationship with your co-workers. One of my clients appreciated her invitation to another colleague’s office baby shower. It felt nice to be included and gave her a chance to see her work contacts in a social setting. Otherwise, it is perfectly fine to disengage from work to focus on your new job of being a mom.

Communicating About Returning to Work:

Thinking about when your leave ends or if you choose to go back earlier than one year, contact your manager and/or Human Resources about two months before. Let them know your anticipated Return to Work date and book a meeting to speak to your boss about what you can expect upon your return. Try to find childcare if possible for that meeting so you can focus on the conversation without being distracted. This is your chance to determine what you’ll be coming back to in terms of projects and priorities.

Re-establishing your Professional Status:

As you get back into the swing of things at work, make sure you’re asking smart questions such as:

What are the most important things I can accomplish in my first 6 weeks back?

  • Ask this so you understand what the expectations are and so you can negotiate them to ensure they are realistic before you jump back into work.

Were there any challenges while I was away?

  • Understanding this will give you line of sight to any problems the team or company dealt with over your maternity leave. It shows you’re sensitive to what your colleagues worked on while you were away and gives you a bit of history to help you better tackle those outstanding issues when you’re back.

What new people or initiatives should I be introduced to?

  • Make sure you are aware of what your team’s goals will be in the next year and how you can support them. Also, meeting new employees and stakeholders will be crucial in helping to integrate you back into your work “groove”.

Keeping some contact with work during your one year maternity leave will help you feel loosely connected to what’s going on in your professional life. Knowing some of the office politics and goings-on will reduce anxiety about returning to work. Try to find some appropriate times and ways to keep in contact while you stretch yourself in a completely new way – as a mom dealing with the most unpredictable but joyful experience you’ll ever face!


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Community / Studio Coordinator – oaks ‘n acorns (Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON)


Are you an outgoing, relationship builder with extraordinary people skills? You may be just the person we need to host our community of parents and kids at our Activity Studio!

oaks ‘n acorns is looking for a new co-worker to join our growing team. We are a group of awesome parents and educators who have come together to create an amazing space for parents and their children. We offer quality programs, interactive play time and a community vibe where we help parents connect with others in their neighbourhood.


Your role is to dazzle clients with your service skills while simultaneously making the studio run smoothly. You are an operations guru with an entrepreneurial, “can-do” attitude. This is the kind of job where you will manage program registration, conduct marketing campaigns, communicate in person and through social media, coordinate staff/resources, act as barista and janitor after holding a baby – all in the same day. We guarantee lots of fun and social interactions – this job is a cross between hosting a dinner party and managing a busy household of kids. We need someone who enjoys chatting with parents, playing with children, cleaning up messy spills and making grilled cheese sandwiches while acting on the logistical procedures that ensure we present a clean, welcoming and happy space for families.

You will work closely with the founders and other co-workers and you will be responsible for overseeing the daily vision of the business. As the lead program advisor and operations guru in the studio, we expect you will master all areas of the business by rolling up your sleeves to get the work done.


  • Hosting clients and making them feel like they are instantly part of our community. This includes: welcoming clients, giving studio tours, checking clients into class and answering questions.
  • Providing value-added customer service where you make a clients’ experience with positive and fulfilling. Trying to make someone’s day a bit easier goes a long way to creating that atmosphere.
  • Consulting with clients about program selection, availability and registration information. Assist with coordinating makeup classes, transfers and cancellations.
  • Corresponding via phone and email. I.e.) sending welcome emails and following up on missed classes, answering the phone and responding quickly to all inquiries
  • Handling food service duties such as barista tasks, food prep, cleaning and cashiering
  • Assisting with staff and instructor schedules to make sure our busy classes run seamlessly
  • Organizing and maintaining most day-to-day activities
  • Participating with classes, workshops and programs such as camps and kids night out
  • Shopping for our inventory (tell us you love Costco!)
  • Assisting our party coordinator with party bookings and scheduling of staff
  • Making a birthday extra special for a child and their family by acting as our party hostess on weekends
  • Maintaining the appearance of our studio, which includes a team work approach to various cleaning/organizing duties, as necessary.
  • Opening and closing the studio including vacuuming, mopping, cleaning, cash handling, maintaining cleanliness at all times. Ensuring the security and safety of the studio and our guests at all times.


  • Flexible attitude, the ability to see what needs to be done and the initiative to “just do it”
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced, changing environment where the top priority is providing phenomenal customer experiences
  • The ability to solve problems independently
  • Highly organized and punctual with the skills to project manage timelines and responsibilities
  • Exceptional attention to details
  • Superior written and verbal communication; a love of interacting with people is a must. Social media experience is an asset
  • Takes personal ownership of projects and a “treat it like its yours” personality
  • Very computer literate (Mac and Windows platform)
  • Previous sales experience a must
  • Previous experience working with children and parents
  • 1-3 years of previous management experience
  • Diploma or higher in a related field
  • Food handlers certificate (can be completed in first 3 months)


  • 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM, 5 days a week including Saturdays
  • Some flexibility in changing schedule
  • 20-30 hours per week including Saturdays
  • Share a sense of ownership with the oaks ‘n acorns founders and staff
  • Initiative to grow personally by taking on more responsibilities when we see that you’re ready


oaks ‘n acorns is an Activity Studio for parents and children. We offer recreational programming throughout the week such as music, art, gym, dance, cooking and fitness classes. Our facility also features an indoor play area as well as a staff operated café for clients. On weekends we host birthday parties and special events, and throughout the year we run camps, kids night out and educational preschool programs. Our staff is compiled of professional teachers, instructors and staff who love working in a happy place that connects and inspires parents and children.


Please email or drop off your resume and cover letter to:             Danforth East: 1856 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON

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Office Manager/Administrator Position – Danforth / Thornhill (Toronto, ON)

Janterra Real Estate Advisors ( requires a full time office manager. We are a real estate appraisal firm with our main office at 1526 Danforth Avenue at Coxwell and we recently acquired another small firm in Thornhill at Bayview and John. There are about 11 staff at our office here and six at our north office. A car or a competent driving record is required to liaise between the two offices.

We require a structured rule?enforcer/team builder, with excellent organizational/scheduling abilities along with solid underlying financial strength to report directly to the two managing partners. Some accounting software experience is preferred (Quickbooks) but with some tech savvy and willingness to learn, we will supply training including working with our bookkeeper and accountant.

Financial duties include budgeting, banking, payroll, accounts payable/receivables including collections and automated debit and credit card payment.

Other duties include preparing reports for printing, invoicing, packaging, mailing and filing, along with answering the phone. General administrative duties and a ‘whatever?it?takesattitude’to managing an unorganized, laid?back company is a must. Competently managing the staff is a priority.

At this stage our firm’s growth is now dependent on finding a mature, experienced office manager to help achieve our strategy and meet our goals. If you are able to help us meet our goals, an incentive based bonus is available and will be clearly spelled out based on revenue growth and expense reduction within your control.

A base starting salary in the range of $36,000 to $40,000 is also provided depending on experience.

If you are a good at managing people and a self?starter interested in sharing in our growth please forward your resume by January 31st, 2016 to

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Considering a Career Change after Maternity Leave


New Mom - New Career-

Before I had my twins I was 110% engaged and energized by my career. While pregnant I was entirely certain that I’d continue my career in corporate HR after maternity leave. I looked forward to advancing in my company and taking on additional professional challenges.

It was a surprise that I felt completely different once Hillary and Luba were born. I became increasingly anxious about returning to work and I wasn’t as excited about my role or organization as I had been prior to my maternity leave. My husband and I considered the high costs of childcare and decided that I would stay home while the girls were in their early years.

It was such a relief to make that decision! After an exhausting year of caring for newborns, I was finally feeling more at ease as a mother. And, it was just starting to get really fun for me.

Working part-time helped supplement our family’s finances and it felt great to contribute by eliminating childcare expenses while earning some extra income. I revitalized my fitness career by teaching classes where childcare was available and personal training in the evenings and weekends when my husband was home.

So began my journey of career reinvention. Using my Human Resources and recruiting knowledge, I began coaching other moms on their job search strategies and resumes. After two and a half years of staying home with my daughters I officially launched my business, CareerFit Mom.

What Is Next For You?

I’ve worked with many moms who transition their professional lives into something that is a better fit for them and their families. I love uncovering the varying career options my clients have and supporting them while they look for a new position. I often see opportunities for others that they’ve never considered for themselves!

If you think you might want to try a new career direction, begin by identifying what you love to do. I did a video a few years ago to help you start thinking about your transferrable skills.  Brainstorm the tasks you enjoy in your current and previous positions, your day-to-day life and the things you do for fun. Write everything down so you can come back to these skills when researching new job opportunities, writing your resume and discussing your personal brand.

Transferrable Skills

What experiences do you have that will be relevant to another career? Look at some lists of transferrable skills and write down accomplishments you’ve had that demonstrate those skills. For example, accomplishments related to the transferrable skill Verbal Communication could include:

  • public speaking to groups of up to 100
  • establishing buy-in with internal/external stakeholders
  • managing direct reports with clear instructions
  • translating complex financial data into easy to understand concepts

Going through this transferrable skill exercise creates more content for your resume and LinkedIn profile – all tools you’ll need as you launch your new job search.

Talk It Out:

Finding a new job is often a numbers game – the more you speak positively about your search, the more it becomes top of mind for others and the more likely you are to get a crucial referral. So when someone asks, “what’s new?” engage them in your goals by responding, “I’ve recently decided to make a career change and have had great success with networking. Here’s the role I’m considering…do you know anyone who might be able to help me?”

Enjoy The Journey

I meet many mothers who cannot imagine returning to their previous job after maternity leave. For some, the work isn’t interesting enough for them to want to leave their children. Others have terrible commutes or the work hours aren’t family friendly. Whatever your reason for wanting to reinvent your career, know that the journey to finding your next step may be challenging. But it is a process in which you get to really know yourself and create more balance in your life as a working mom.

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My 2016 Goal Setting or Focus on the Journey, not the Destination

Focus on the JourneyI like setting goals.

Right now as we’re fresh into the New Year, there’s lots of information to help you set and achieve goals. This post isn’t about that.

This post is about exploring the personal development that occurs on the way to achieving goals. Being a self-motivated, goal-setting woman (or A-type?!) I’ve never considered what I’m learning as I work towards my goals. My practice has always been Ready, Set, Fire = Success or Failure.

Recent goals from the last year included:

  • Doubling the revenue from my business
  • 8 lb weight loss
  • Getting good at swimming
  • Hiking the Bruce Trail

…So none of those things happened. There are many reasons for it, most likely that the goals weren’t very SMART – specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timely. Realistic seems to be an area where I’m not particularly pragmatic.

When I don’t achieve what I set out to, my default reaction is internal disappointment, frustration & self-loathing. Basically a lot of negative self-talk. How harsh is that? I would never want my kids or anyone I care about to beat themselves up like I do!

I rarely look back on all the goals I have achieved. I never give myself a chance to celebrate. It’s just on to the next goal.

What I’m realizing, as I work towards an incredibly challenging goal that is REALLY important to me, is that there is huge value in the process of achieving goals.

So I’ve been studying how the journey towards the end goal is more important than achieving it. I heard a great podcast this week with Josh Shipp that covered this topic extensively.

Here’s my big goal for the next 5 months:

I will grow my group fitness business in a new neighbourhood of Toronto (Hello Junction peeps!) by running at least 4 classes a week with 6 people registered in each by May.

Phew…I launched my group fitness classes in a second location in October and while I’m very excited to be trying this venture, so far it’s not going very well!

I’m finding it’s really hard to start from scratch in a new neighbourhood. I’ve cancelled a lot of classes that have only one person registered. I’m teaching for almost no money. I’ve hired and had to fire new instructors when their classes don’t run because No One Is Signing Up! Gah!

It is incredibly hard to stay positive, yet somehow I am. If this were easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing, right?

Here’s what I’m learning as I go through this:

Take out the ego: it’s not personal that people aren’t signing up for classes in the Junction. It’s not about me. If my offering isn’t meeting their needs at this time, that’s ok.

Persistence: keep trying and don’t give up. If I stop pursuing this without giving it enough time I could be three feet from the gold… 

Networking: I’m getting out of my comfort zone by going up to strangers on the street and in the studio to introduce myself and my offering. This is something I couldn’t do before, but now I feel compelled to. I want to see those classes full!

Getting Creative: I’m developing a mom & baby group in the studio so I can build stronger relationships with local women. I’m trying an April Spring Training Fitness promotion with unlimited classes for a set price.

Recognizing Strengths: I’m way better in person than on Facebook. Getting to know people in person actually feels perfect to me. Plus, this way I get to hold more babies = JOY!

Being Uber Productive & Focused: Now I’m commuting across the city, not just walking down to my local studio. Time is fleeting and there’s a lot to pack in. I don’t even know how I’m finding time to write this post…oh, because I’m running late for picking up the kids at school again (!)

Appreciating Friends and Family: I am SO LUCKY to have a support team who wants me to be successful. Thank you to everyone who is asking me how the expansion is going, offering ideas/advice/contacts and even coming out to the new studio to attend classes with me. I’m very grateful for everyone’s help.

I’ll continue to push on, meeting super cool moms in Toronto’s West End, encouraging them to join my “community of exercisers”. Of course I’ll appreciate the extra income this will bring but more importantly I’ll value how I’ve grown and stretched myself through the previous 9 months.

And if I don’t get there, it’s not failure… It’s feedback. The universe (and the market) will be letting me know that it’s time to reconsider, try something different or try again later. As Napoleon Hill wrote, “Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.”

I will practice self-compassion and reflect back on the person I’ve become through this process. Here’s to a year of wild learning and growth!

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Four Ways for Stay-At-Home Moms to Professionally Develop for FREE

Photo of Books by Ahson WardakBeing home with kids as a primary caregiver means you make different financial decisions. I didn’t return to my corporate HR job after my maternity leave. Upon making that decision my husband and I slashed our household budget. Ok, I can drop the expensive vacations (sob!) and eat less frequently at restaurants, but the biggest cumulative loss was the professional development fees we eliminated. I used to shell out over a thousand dollars annually on courses, certifications, conferences, etc.

I love learning and didn’t want to stagnate. I wasn’t sure when I was going to return to work, but I knew I wasn’t going to stay at home forever. I challenged myself to uncover free professional development and learning opportunities.

When your main job is caregiver to your delicious little kids, you should also carve out time to stretch your mind and enhance your knowledge. Many of my clients who want to return to careers after years spent out of the workforce don’t know what type of job they’re even interested in. Investing time into developing your interests and wisdom will make the career transition process so much easier. You’ll have a better sense of what interests you and will already possess many of the skills required to land a job in that area.

Here are five ideas to get you back into learning – FREE of any costs!

  1. Read books borrowed from the library or from friends.

If you read one book a month on a professional topic that interests you, can you imagine how much knowledge you would gain in a year? My goal in 2016 is to read one health book and one career/business book a month. I recently heard that if you read three books on a topic you will have expert knowledge of that subject!

Check out books from the library or ask friends for their recommendations (and to borrow/exchange books with them). Looking for a good list of personal development books? One of my favourite career coaches, Dan Miller, has a very comprehensive list.

Another idea to enhance your understanding is to meet up with friends to discuss a book you’ve all read. A more professional take on your traditional book club (or as we call ours, “Snack Club”), you will benefit from what others got out of the reading. One of my clients started a book club where the members took turns reading and summarizing a book for the other members each month. This might work for you if you’re finding it challenging to get through even reading the newspaper. I know that was my situation when I was caring for my toddler twins!

  1. Listen to Podcasts

I discovered podcasts a year ago and fell in love with the amazing free content I could find everyday. I use the Apple Podcast App but there are others for Android  and iPhone.

Download an episode for when you’re out of the house – I play them via Bluetooth while driving or listen on headphones when I’m walking to pick the kids up from school. I also stream podcasts during my “dead” time: when I’m folding laundry, cleaning the kitchen and working out. It makes those tasks more bearable!

Not one episode goes by where I don’t pick up:

  • another book to add to my reading list
  • a productivity hack like a new app or online resource
  • an inspiring idea to take action on

Listening to podcasts has really changed my perspective on a lot of things. I love the thinking time I get while absorbing the information and much of what I’ve learned I’ve been able to share with clients. We all benefit!

My Favourite Personal Development Podcasts:

  1. Read blogs

There is so much content available online and following blogs gives you an efficient way of capturing great information. Feedly is a good app that organizes the online content you’re following so you can quickly scroll through and share on your social channels. If reading a whole book is too much to fit into your busy schedule, try reading blog posts instead.

LinkedIn “Pulse” offers news and blog posts that you can customize to your industry so you stay on top of what’s happening. You can also follow what your connections have posted within LinkedIn and ‘Like/Comment/Share’ on the LinkedIn platform – another easy way to nurture your network.

My Favourite Bloggers:

  • Doris Clark – she writes about personal branding
  • William Arruda – another personal branding “guru”
  • Fit is a Feminist Issue 
  • Phil Brown – my father-in-law: a talented writer and overall cool guy
  • Jenny Ellison – a client – Jenny is really smart! She brings historical context to women’s sports, body image and health in Canada. I wish she could have been my prof at Trent University but our decades didn’t align!
  1. Create a Mastermind Group

Barbara Sher, the author of I Could Do Anything if I Only Knew What it Was calls these groups your “Success Team”. Find a group of likeminded moms with a similar schedule and arrange to rotate a meeting at each other’s homes once a month. Discuss your goals, ask for resources and help. These ladies will keep you accountable to your goals, ask you the tough questions you need to consider and push you to be better.

I developed really strong friendships with a number of women I met at a mom’s group and we’d meet regularly at parks or each other’s homes for playdates. It’s because of Brenda and Melissa that I actually started my CareerFit Mom business! (Thank you ladies!) They saw the skills I had and the potential to turn them into an entrepreneurial venture. They brainstormed the name of my business and tag lines, helped me choose my logo and promoted me endlessly. I’m forever grateful.

I have participated in other Mastermind groups with some very talented colleagues: Joanne Collins and Isabelle Moreau. I just hope I offer as much value-added insight to them as they provide me!

Surrounding yourself with positive people is key to your success. Find women who will help you not only with your parenting dilemmas but the ways in which you can self-improve. It feels good to support others in their goals and play a part in someone else’s achievements.

If finding “real” people is tough based on your schedule or location, try finding a Facebook group that you can join and interact with. Or join Groups within LinkedIn. There are thousands available and you can search for them by industry or job function. Recruiters also troll Groups to find suitable candidates for positions they are filling. It’s a great way to profile yourself, as long as you’re adding value. Start a conversation or contribute to one. Read the discussion threads to learn about a new sector you’re interested in.

More tips on starting a mastermind…

Continuing to learn will help you stay current for when and if you do return to work. You won’t feel out of the loop, you’ll have more knowledge and you’ll be more credible. Choose one of my four ideas and take action on it right away. In less than a month I guarantee you’ll have advanced your understanding of a subject and you’ll feel more ready for a career transition when the time is right.

To get the most out of your content check out these tips on how to absorb and utilize your learning

Happy learning!

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Part Time Daycare Administrator – Main Square Daycare Toronto

Main Square Daycare Centre is a community based not-for-profit organization serving east end Toronto families for over 40 years. The Centre is a licensed facility and accepts children from ages 18 months old up to 12 years old.

We are seeking part time Administrator to support the centre Director, staff and board of directors. The position is 3 hours per day, 5 days a week and based at Main & Danforth close to both the TTC and GO train.


This incumbent will be responsible for providing administration support to the Main Square Daycare Centre Director, Staff and Volunteer Board of Directors.   The Administrator will report to the Director.


  • Provide support with accounting, payroll, reports and grants and subsidy submissions
  • File management and assistance with document storage
  • Update and create and format documents such as program plan templates and web content
  • Ensure classroom documentation is complete and current
  • Assist with communications including daycare newsletter, parent communication and staff correspondence.
  • Maintain accurate email distribution lists
  • Research on changing daycare related legislation and regulations
  • Prepare documents and information in preparation for regular inspections and meetings
  • Mail and deliveries management
  • Respond to initial customer inquiries by phone
  • Office management of supplies and templates
  • Data entry including but not limited to attendance, budgets, reports
  • Assist Director, staff and volunteer board of directors with various administrative requirements


  • High level of proficiency with current technology including MS Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Experience with basic graphic design
  • Experience using Sage is an asset
  • Experience with web content is an asset
  • Prior experience in a similar administrative role
  • Experience in a not-for-profit agency would be an asset
  • An ability to work well under pressure and remain calm during high volume periods
  • Possesses a proactive attitude and sense of ownership over work
  • Excellent planning, prioritization and time management skills
  • A strong work ethic and proactive nature is important
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • A skilled communicator, both verbally and written

Email your resume to .  Please mention that you were referred to the position by Beth of CareerFit Mom.

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