Why I am #CPAproud I am very proud of my CPA designation. I originally entered the CA program as a mature student. My path was very different than most, as it began with a college certificate rather than a university degree. I knew I had to pursue my education further if I wanted to reach my career goals. At the time I was employed with a prominent privately-owned local firm. I was passionate about the work and all the challenges and opportunities it presented. Once my young children grew to be teenagers, I began attending evening courses at Université de Moncton and eventually earned my MBA. Following this, I took correspondence courses through Athabasca University to acquire the prerequisites to the professional program. A few years and many struggles later I finally became a CPA. By this time, the once privately-owned local firm I had grown to be part of had become one of the prominent "big four" firms. Despite all the new challenges and opportunities this newly formed firm presented, I longed to be part of a small local firm again. Soon after acquiring my designation, myself and a colleague with a mutual vision (Julie Maillet, CPA, CA) decided to start a local firm of our own: LeBlanc & Maillet CPA. Nearly two and half years later, LeBlanc & Maillet CPA has grown to a team of 10 serving a very diverse clientele. For us, CPA means freedom to write our own destiny, to chart our own path, and gain financial freedom for our future. We pride ourselves in making a difference for our staff and clients. It is an honour to help them reach their full potential in the same way they helped us reach ours.