- How long have you worked in security & what drew you to the industry?
I have been working Bylaw/Parking Enforcement with Paladin Security in Edmonton since January 2009. I had just recently graduated and one of my good friends suggested I apply for a job with Paladin. A Paladin employee herself, she recommended the company so strongly that I decided to take her advice. That was 7 years ago. I love my job and I’m so happy I decided to join the #PaladinFamily!
- What unique traits do you feel women bring to security?
More and more women are getting involved with the security industry, and there are more women working on our current contract than ever before. It’s awesome to see a greater female presence in security as I think women tend to be able to control and de-escalate a situation very efficiently. In Parking Enforcement, it’s not uncommon to have to deal with a person who is quite upset or even angry about being ticketed. Since women tend to be more empathetic, that can be very helpful when dealing with a difficult individual.
- Why are women in leadership so important for the growth of the industry?
Women bring something new to the table, and as the industry grows, I think we will continue to see more women in positions of authority. The security industry used to be very male-dominated, but women are continuing to prove themselves in leadership roles. Women bring a totally different perspective to this sort of career, and I think that’s very refreshing.
- How do you see our roles evolving in the future?
Working in security, there are so many opportunities to learn new skills and to advance your career. The security industry is becoming so much more diverse and well-rounded, which can only be a good thing.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given that you’d like to pass on to women following in your footsteps?
Don’t back down. Hold your ground and stand up for yourself, and realise your own power. That is so important to help you avoid unnecessary conflict.