A DAY IN THE LIFE

Best Health - - WOW WOMEN -

6 A.M.

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.

7 A.M.

I make time each morn­ing for my per­sonal writ­ing and to set goals.

9 A.M.

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.

12:30 P.M.

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.

2 P.M.

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.

6 P.M.

Fam­ily din­ners are a com­mit­ment. Both my hus­band and I are home for sup­per­time with our son and daugh­ter.

9 P.M.

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.

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