Mentor Night in Toronto July 15th 2012.
Dr. Natalie Archer
“You are not fully dressed without a smile,” is Natalie Archer’s powerful motto. Toronto dentist, hospital dentist, Mother and Mentor, Natalie Archer shares her knowledge about maintaing a career, family, and giving back. Natalie has a Rosedale Family Dental Care practice, and a new dental clinic, the Runnymede Dental Centre. As a busy woman, Natalie shared her thoughts about building a family when we reach adulthood, and be sure to be with someone who is very supportive. Dr. Archer reminds us to keep education #1! No one can take away your education, so take advantage of it and learn!
She quotes “Build your web, because you never know when you are going to catch the fly,” meaning that each and every individual should take hold of every opportunity that they can.
Dr. Natalie Archer shares her 4 keys to success in advance planning:
- Women and society need female power (Business leaders) Very important to control your own destiny
- 38% of women are making the money for family. Keep relationships strong, have limits and pick a good partner
- Make having children a priority before it is too late
- Question things that do not seem right
Melani Chong’s life did not happen as she had planned. As a young girl, Melani’s primary focus was sports. Although Melani’s youth was made up mostly with her love and passion for sports, she always had a love for fashion and beauty. Although she never was interested in the modelling field, her father thought she had closed her mind to something that could be (and was) a huge opportunity for her. Her father noticed a Ford Modelling agency one day at the mall and mentioned it to Melanie; who had no desire to take on this opportunity. After going to the mall with her father to go “shopping”, she finally decided to embrace the opportunity at hand. Two weeks later, Melani received a call from the very well known, Sutherland Models and became a finalist in the top 100 model search. Soon after, became a Ford Model. However, Melani knew there was something else in store for her. Being a woman who loved to take care of herself and believed that health was the core of every individual, she developed a natural skin care company, Soya Boutique. Melani went back to school and educated herself well enough to come up with something completely from scratch. She wanted everyone to see beauty through simplicity. Although a highly educated woman, she believes that we as humans do not know everything. We need to continue to learn. She shares a quote from Socrates: “Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.” Stating the importance of the continuity of education. We must learn to keep sharing and developing our messages, but always maintain your passion. Because passion leads to drive, and drive leads to core actions.
Passionate about health and wellness, size 12 model, author and trainer, Katrina Hadden makes a powerful statement about focusing on achieving dreams and goals. Like Melani, Katrina Hadden had a passion for sports, especially basketball. She had a dream: To play in the WNBA. Unfortunately, her dream quickly to an end as she injured her knee. However, that did not stop Katrina from chasing after a new dream. Many of Katrina’s friends mentioned modelling to her. As a plus size model, Katrina felt that she was put into a different category. She was not skinny enough, and at one event, she was made bigger as pads were added to her body. Katrina felt as though she needed to be in a category. So, she decided to lose weight, and eventually she developed an eating disorder. Soon after, she realized that she wanted to be who she was, a plus size model wanting to help others accept who they are. After moving to Toronto from her hometown of Ottawa, she decided to change agencies. Ben Berry modelling agency was the one she chose because of their passion for all shapes and sizes. Soon after, Katrina was chosen, of all other smaller models, to shoot a Panasonic commercial because of her positive energy and confidence in herself. After that, she was asked to walk in Toronto Fashion Week. Although she had to maintain a straight face while walking the runway, she was smiling so big inside as she received a huge applaud by the audience (showing their support of all sized models).
Katrina believed that no matter who you are, what you have been through, your nationality, your figure, etc., you are unique in your own way. Katrina Hadden Life Coaching for Athletes describes the help Katrina provides to individuals in order to reach their personal goals. Through her knowledge of stress management, personal development, work-life balance, and health and wellness, Katrina does her best to help every individual get closer to their dreams.
Being a role model herself, she shared her five ways to be a role model:
- Take care of your body and health
- Find a way to get away from the world (ex: playing a sport)
- Carry an attitude of gratitude
- Let go & Forgive
- Never quit
Olympian, Motivational Speaker, Entertainer and Author, Alexandra Orlando lives the average teenage life. Many people are taught to believe that through teenage years is the time in life where you are supposed to figure out what you want to do, what you are passionate about, and overall, who you are. However, Alexandra believes that that is the time where you begin to realize how strong you actually are; stronger than you think you are. Our teenage lives hit us with so many things, without us even noticing it.
Alexandra’s road to the Olympics was anything but pretty. For many people, Olympians are seen as heroes who live life easily, without worries. However, Alexandra speaks out about the hard work behind the scenes. Unfortunately she did not qualify after the Olympic trials due to 1/10th of a point. And, Alexandra’s world came crashing down. Alexandra felt like that was it, she would not have another chance at what she wanted, she lost. She gained weight, and many people told her to just give up on rhythmic gymnastics. It was not until one of Alexandra’s friends asked her the most important question: “Why do you do gymnastics?” Alexandra then realized that she did rhythmic gymnastics because she loved it. It was her true passion. Something that no one could take away from her.
In 2008, Alexandra qualified for the Olympics and continues to be a highly decorated world-class Rhythmic Gymnast. Her wisdom is shared through her award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory and has recently published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered.
Alexandra makes 3 important messages about life:
- Rejection makes you stronger
- You cannot be scared to fail. Just go for it, full force, no regrets
- You are so much stronger than you think you are
- As you figure out your goals, thank those who are behind you and supporting you
I was very happy to have had the opportunity to listen to each of these inspiring women, all whom had very strong messages for us ladies. I hope to someday inspire other young women. Thank you Dr. Natalie Archer, Melani Chong, Katrina Hadden, and Alexander Orlando for your strong and meaningful words!