Why I am #CPAproud 2017 marks the 10th anniversary since I achieved my designation. I take this time to reflect on all the opportunities the designation has offered me in the past decade. The versatility of the program cultivates resourcefulness and adaptability. I am a well-rounded professional capable of serving in various roles in an organization. Because I am a designated accountant, I have lived in three provinces and held various roles in audit, financial reporting as well as in financial system support. I have worked both in government and in the private sector. I am now blessed to work from home for a multi-national corporation in a job that I love. I have been privileged to work with colleagues with a great deal of integrity and commitment. Accountants are often incorrectly perceived as conventional and uninteresting. I would rather interpret it as trusted and reliable. In an ever-changing environment, we don’t do what is easy, we do what is right. Lastly, I am most proud of my designation because of the sacrifices my parents made so that I could pursue my education. My mother worked as a bookkeeper for nearly 30 years. She sacrificed pursuing a designation to raise her family. I am fortunate to have done both. I now work in an organization where the Finance management team is almost entirely made up of women. While we still have strides to make in terms of gender equality, I am proud to work in a profession where an increasing number of graduates are women. Joyce has been the President of the CPA New Brunswick Restigouche Chapter since June 2016. We are very thankful for her involvement; her positive, can-do attitude makes her a pleasure to work with.