The Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury is run by a board of volunteers who dedicate their time to foster a culture of community engagement, networking and professional development to empower emerging leaders and young professionals in Greater Sudbury. We wanted to take some time to introduce you to each of our board members in our Meet our Board blog series! Today we are introducing you to Christine Baptista. Christine is our Director of Membership.
Describe what you do?
I do a few things, but everything I do is tied to education and teaching others. I run 2 businesses: Christine Baptista Presentations, Public Speaking, & Media Coaching, through which I help people who fear public speaking learn to love it! I work one-on-one with clients to prepare them for a specific presentation, and I also run workshops for various groups on different skills required for public speaking (such as specific types of speeches, how to be a Master of Ceremonies, etc.) My other business, Critical Critters, involves opening people’s eyes to the wonder of nature through interactive workshops and activities. I also teach in the Geography department at Laurentian University.
Was this the career you always envisioned for yourself? What inspired you?
Actually, I had always wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, until I tutored someone when I was in high school and their mark went down! That put me onto a path of science and research, but in the past 10 years or so I’ve realized that I AM a teacher in everything I do. I absolutely love seeing someone who once struggled with their confidence be able to get up in front of others and speak, and I love seeing people’s faces light up as I teach them cool things about nature.
Why did you decide to join the YPA and what do you hope to achieve while on the board?
I joined the YPA because I want to grow my network. Not being a Sudbury native I struggled to find avenues where I could meet people while NOT playing sports (I’m sooo not athletic!), and the three pillars of the YPA (networking, professional development, and community service) align with what I’m looking for in my life right now. As the Director of Membership I hope to help grow the YPA’s membership base and to ensure all of our members are getting what they desire from their YPA membership.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Don’t be discouraged. Starting out in your career, or changing careers, or building your own business can be incredibly frustrating at times, but if you stick it out good things will eventually happen. Also, embrace proper grammar and spelling!
What is your favourite local business?
This is a hard one…nope, I’m not going to choose. Let’s just say that I support all local entrepreneurs who are doing good things in their community!
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I have a Master’s Degree, so that’s pretty cool. I’m the only person in my entire family to have achieved that level of formal education, and it hangs proudly on my office wall.
What technology can you not live without and why?
I’m probably not as tech-savvy as a lot of other YPs, I have my smartphone and use it a lot, but nothing exciting. One technology that I do live without is a microwave. I haven’t owned one in 6 years and I do not miss it one bit!