A DAY IN THE LIFE
I wake up and do yoga. Sometimes I only have time for 10 minutes, but sometimes it’s up to 90 minutes. Then I walk my dog, Gus, near the Ottawa River. It’s physical exercise that lasts 30 to 45 minutes, but it gives me time for mental reflection, gratitude and beauty.
I make time each morning for my personal writing and to set goals.
My work involves various meetings with my staff members, and I do a great deal of consulting with stakeholders, whether members, government or industry. I spend a lot of time talking on the phone.
I tend to eat at my desk. There aren’t enough hours in the day if I don’t work through lunch. It’s a conscious choice. Gus comes to work with me every day, and we go for our walk at 1 p.m. He reminds me to get up and move around, and he is a good source of mental health in the office.
I try to reserve time each day for writing, whether it's a presentation or an op-ed piece in The Globe and Mail about the work that the CFHS does. Our vision is a humane Canada, and part of my job is communicating that to people in many different ways.
Family dinners are a commitment. Both my husband and I are home for suppertime with our son and daughter.
As any busy parent knows, there’s always prep work for the next day. Evenings are based on what’s on all of our agendas. If I didn’t get to do a good chunk of yoga in the morning, I’ll do some before I go to bed.