Striving to achieve work-life balance can be challenging for moms. So how does one achieve career and personal goals while still keeping family life a high priority? Read about some inspiring moms who are living in the moment and making specific life choices so they can spend quality time with their growing families.
Dr. Nancy Vertel
Dr. Vertel practiced general dentistry for seven years. After the birth of her child she discovered a passion to work with children and families. She completed education at the University of British Columbia to become a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. After three years of intense specialty training, Dr. Vertel opened two clinics – Maple Ridge Dentistry for Kids and Half Moon Dentistry for Children in South Surrey. She enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with her family and also volunteers with the Special Olympics and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.
After two years traveling around the world, Vanessa returned home to British Columbia. Vanessa was inspired by her husband’s work in the financial industry; she made the decision to join him while she was on maternity leave with their second child. She soon started Mindful Abundance, a company that has Vanessa and her team of financial security advisors helping families with a full spectrum of financial planning. Vanessa values the flexibility of being self-employed because it allows her to spend more time with her two-year old daughter, Nala and her four-year old son, Noah.
Natacha V. Beim
Natacha knew the kind of teacher she wanted to be when she was just 21. She tapped into her unique perspective to create the all-day early learning program at Core Education and Fine Art, designed for infants and children up to five-years old. The enriched curriculum features a blend of subjects to give children the freedom to learn and grow through play. Natacha divides her time between researching; writing; professionally speaking and most importantly, being a mom to her two sons.
Stephanie, is the owner of Busy Bump Maternity Services and mom to Madison and Chase. She started Busy Bump Maternity Services while on maternity leave and helps parents-to-be prepare for the arrival of their newborn. After clients began asking her to plan their baby showers and birthday parties, she recently expanded her business to a full service event planning company doing everything from birthdays to weddings, corporate and non-profit events. Her favourite family activity is a day at Maplewood Farms in North Vancouver and their annual holiday in the Okanagan.
Leina, is the photographer and a mom to Brooke and Ayla. While staying home with two young girls, she had the desire to be creative. Her love of photography inspired her to build a business around photographing babies and families. Juggling family and a business had its challenges, now that her daughters are a few years older, family and work balance continues. When not spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys baking and running.
An Amazing Mom & Son Team
Danielle & Conor Gibbons
At 20 weeks pregnant, Danielle’s unborn son was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Though Danielle was excited about becoming a mom for the first time, she was also scared of what lay ahead and grieved for the dream she thought she lost. Through the fear, Danielle started Baskets of Love a special gift basket providing comfort, support and resources for new parents to welcome them to the Down syndrome community.
Today, Danielle’s son Conor, is an amazing little boy who has opened her heart and eyes to unconditional love and acceptance for him and others. To help Danielle provide Baskets of Love for other families check out www.basketsofloveds.com