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Job Category Administrative and Support Services
Employee Linda
Administrative Coordinator
Ministry Ministry of Government Services
Region Central
City Toronto

Before I joined the OPS, I … supported senior management, in the private sector, as an Executive Assistant. My first role as an Executive Assistant, I supported the Vice-President of Finance for one of the largest retail stores in Canada. I continued in my career working for two Presidents and then the Vice-Chairman. I have had the honour and privilege to work for some of the top business executives in the City of Toronto.

I began my career in… the OPS as a temporary Administrative Coordinator. After the interview, I was asked if I could come back and start in the position coordinating administrative activities and calendars for two Assistant Deputy Minister’s at 1:00pm the same day. I said, “Why come back at 1:00pm, I might as well get started now.” That was the start of my career in the OPS!

And now I am … I support the Assistant Deputy Minister, Employee Relations Division as the Administrative Coordinator.

A day in my shoes… can be very challenging at times yet rewarding in a high-pace work environment. A typical day coordinating administrative activities include ensuring senior management’s files/correspondence are in order and easily retrieved, prioritizing incoming mail, e-mails forwarding material to appropriate staff, managing the calendar and schedules, accounts payable, purchasing and procurement and communicating with administrative support to ensure deliverables are clearly understood by staff.

I have chosen to work for the public service because… it is a great place to work. My job gives me lots of satisfaction. There is sense of respect for all staff and an appreciation for what you do!

The thing that has surprised me the most about working for the OPS is… how many different ministries, divisions and branches there are and the enormous amount of opportunity for one to take their career to where they what it to be.

Outside of work, my most memorable achievement is/was...hiking the Bruce Trail from Queenston Heights, in Niagara Falls, to Tobermory in 11-1/2 months. Absolutely fantastic! The memories I have of this experience will remain with me forever. The vistas were unbelievable and the fellowship something that I could not put into words.