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Head of Midwifery Division
The Ottawa Hospital
Sandra Gervais, RM

Sandra, thinking back to your adolescence was there a particular job you dreamed of doing when you grew up?

As a child I was often watching super-heroes cartoons, TV shows and movies. I always pictured myself as a super-heroine. I wanted to be strong like Wonder Woman, fast like Bionic Woman, and intelligent like female scientists of science-fiction movies. I was usually climbing up the trees or educating my friends on everything imaginable. At all times I was identified as organized, shy, an acute observer, very charismatic, and as a sharp mind child. I devotedly loved my family and had a strong sense of solidarity.

Choosing to complete an Executive MBA is a big consideration. After reviewing the various masters’ programs available, why did you choose to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?

I attended a leadership course at Telfer School a few years ago. It was at this time that I realized if I wanted to make changes in my profession, my life, and to keep inspiring others, I would need more education. It was clear for me that I had achieved a lot in my life so far but if I wanted to go even further and I would need to exert myself. After researching and listening to the stories from alumni, I choose the Telfer Executive MBA hoping for getting the tools to help others to succeed with me.

What qualities do you admire in a mentor? Do you have someone you consider a strong mentor in your own life?

In my life I have been very fortunate to find people who deeply care about others, myself included. I feel that I have taken the skills of all the mentors that I have had in my life. I had teachers who went beyond their expected duties just for helping their students. I had bosses who worked as hard as the employees whom they led for achieving a vision together. But above all, I have always found people who are open to offer a second chance. "Do not give up on people" has been one of the biggest lessons that I have learned so far from all my mentors including my parents.

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