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Q&A: The Women of OGCA
IN THIS QUESTION-AND-ANSWER article, we’ll get to know six of the ladies connected to the OGCA either through the fact that their partners are involved in OGCA, or that they themselves are part of a member company. They all come from diverse backgrounds, and we thought you might like to know a little more about them. DIANA ALPEZA What is your profession, and what do you like most about what you do? I am in politics and currently work as a communications assistant for a minister. I love the fast pace and constantly changing world of politics – you never know how your day is going to unfold! What do you consider to be your biggest achievement? I have two happy, healthy kids and a great husband. His income as a general contractor allows us all to travel and enjoy life – what more could a wife ask for? What is something most people don’t know about you? I have a secret addiction to gummy bears. PAT MAATEN What is your profession, and what do you like most about what you do? I’m retired now. In my most recent role before I retired, I was asked to be a facilitator in Dow Chemical’s executive training program. It was an intriguing role in that it afforded me an opportunity to engage with people throughout the organization, globally, that I might otherwise never have had a chance to meet. This role of facilitator proved to be an integral part of the contribution that I made in the writing of our book, Reading Between the Wines (written by Perry Jongsma, Pat Maaten and Kathleen Mundy). What do you consider to be your biggest achievement? I never set out to write a book, nor did I think I had the skills to do so. But the experience turned out to be a very rewarding one and the ﬁnished spring/summer 2011 product was better than I ever expected. The resulting marketing and promoting events and activities have been very challenging and rewarding. What is something most people don’t know about you? I conquered my fear of heights on a heli-hiking trip to the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia last summer. PERRY MCEWEN What is your profession, and what do you like most about what you do? My profession is ofﬁce manager for KMA Contracting Inc. What I love about my job is the variety. We’re a small company and I do everything, from basic reception duties to marketing, prequaliﬁcation and proposal submissions and assisting in the hiring of staff. The one thing I enjoy the most is the people contact. There are some really great people in this industry and many have become good friends. What do you consider to be your biggest achievement? My biggest achievement has been to help Keith, my husband and business partner, build up KMA through constant marketing. This can be discouraging at times because you never get instant results, but it’s a vital part of any business operation, and someone’s got to do it! What is something most people don’t know about you? I hate heights and ﬂying!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Spring/Summer 2011
The Generals - Spring/Summer 2011
The Women of OGCA
Infrastructure Ontario: The 10-Year Plan
Life AFTER Stimulus
Are Higher WSIB Rates Inevitable?
Let’s Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
Buttcon Ltd.: Earning Loyalty Through Fairness
Century Group Inc.: Providing Great Service to Clients
Index to Advertisers
The Generals - Spring/Summer 2011