- How long have you worked in security & what drew you to the industry?
I have been working in security for eight years now, after receiving my Law & Security Diploma, as well as my Police Foundations Diploma. I was drawn to the industry through my studies and when I moved to Alberta, I applied to Paladin Security Fort McMurray. I chose Paladin because it is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and I had heard about the opportunities for promotion from within. Working for a well recognized company that believes in its people’s growth really inspired me.
- What unique traits do you feel women bring to security?
Women bring a lot of unique traits to security, but diversity stands out most to me. Security is male dominant and very customer service oriented. Women bring a nurturing perspective to the service which works well amongst the male approach. In my experience working within campus security, I find that students, especially female students, feel more comfortable approaching female security officers. We are able to connect with clients and bring a sense of calm to those in need of our support.
- Why are women in leadership roles so important for the growth of the industry?
Having females in leadership roles in any industry is important for growth. Specific to security, it helps to support changing the views of the industry. Seeing women obtain leadership roles will empower other women to ask more questions about an industry they may have overlooked.
- How do you see our roles evolving in the future?
Our roles will evolve as the industry continues to grow. Personally, I strive to grow and evolve within the #PaladinFamily; there is so much opportunity as our world and industries continue to change!
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given that you’d like to pass on to women following in your footsteps?
I have received a lot of great advice throughout my career that has helped me become the professional I am today. If I could pass on anything, it would be to always have a positive perspective. With a good perspective, you can make any day a successful one. Work hard, be confident and keep smiling!
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