I’m Karen Preston. I’ve worked as the Coordinator of Partnership Development for the Capital Regional District – Parks & Environmental Services for the past 5 years. Here is my story…
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: I love working with the community. So much enjoyment comes from working together towards a common goal where everyone benefits: our own organization, the partners and the community members.
Q: How did you come to decide to pursue a career in this occupation?
A: I had been coordinating volunteer programs for many years and a transition into this position was a natural move providing new challenges and dimensions into the way I worked with and within the community.
Q: What are good traits or skills that someone should have when considering this career?
A: Empathy, reflective listening, patience, and initiative are great traits to have. Communications, team building, coaching, project management and organizational skills that will be always useful.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering a career in the Parks Sector?
A: Follow your passion and goals; they will never lead you astray.