Paule-Anny, when you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember playing 'school' at home during summer time. I would keep my notebooks at the end of school year and pretend that I was a teacher. My brothers and my sister would not play along, but I was determined to have students attend my class. Dolls and action figures had to write dictations, behave during recess and do their homework. It is interesting to note that both my parents, as well as all four of my siblings and I held a teaching position at one point in our respective professional careers. Of course I was the only one who played school as a kid.
There are many compelling reasons to undertake an Executive MBA Program. What is your goal for the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
My primary goal is to unleash my inner entrepreneur through the Telfer Executive MBA program. I’m looking forward understanding the nuts and bolts of business in a global market and applying new learning through the real, hands-on projects. It is the first step of a transition plan to a new career.
I seek personal growth and expect to play an active role in a life-shaping endeavour. Ultimately, I want to come out of this program with an informed perspective on entrepreneurship and with the skills and knowledge to explore markets and business opportunities that could lead to improving social and economic conditions in developing countries.
Paul-Anny, is there any not-for profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?
I am moved by the Haitian people’s resiliency. Although the country is struggling to overcome significant economic challenges and the progress is slow, I have experienced first-hand how much can be accomplished by individuals with selfless dedication to empower and improve the conditions of those who are less fortunate. More than thirty years ago, my parents founded the OASIS Elementary School situated in a vast savannah in Haïti. Students travel from remote areas with some walking more than 2 km on dirt roads to attend school. The school currently provides a meal to 325 children every day. For several years, OASIS has depended solely on donations from family, friends and members of a Baptist Church in Montreal. Once retired, my parents became full-time humanitarian workers, managing day-to-day operations, supporting staff professional development, raising funds and overseeing projects to improve infrastructures. The school received additional funding from Fondation Crudem and CIDA for a major five-year project. Construction of six classrooms and the extension of the canteen are now almost complete. However, sustainable funding for operations remains an ongoing challenge.
Originally Posted: September 25, 2014