Big Sisters is delighted to announce the appointment of our newest Board Director, Hayley Woodin.
Hayley Woodin is the Editor-in-Chief of Business in Vancouver Media Group, a division of the largest business news group in Western Canada. She is a North American correspondent for BBC Radio’s Business Matters program, an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar, a Pulitzer Travelling Fellow, a Pulitzer Center Fellow and a Gumshoe Reporting Fellow. Hayley holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and is proud to be a board member of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, the KPU Alumni Association and the White Rock Youth Ambassador Program.
Why is mentorship important to you, particularly mentorship for youth and young girls?
Mentorship has the power to make a meaningful difference. We don’t know what we don’t know: Getting to learn from someone you may not otherwise meet can open up a world of opportunities. It can introduce youth and young girls to what is possible, and can connect them to their own potential. Having mentors who have championed me has been an incredibly positive influence in my life and career.
Which of Big Sisters’ core values (We Champion Potential, Every Connection Counts, Showing Up Matters) resonates with you most, and why?
Showing up can be a transformative act. I believe that our actions speak louder than our words, and when we choose to show up for someone, we offer proof that they are not alone and that they have people who care about them. Showing up does matter and can truly make a difference.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from a mentor?
‘You have nothing without your health.’ Our level of mental, emotional and physical well-being will have an impact on every other aspect of our lives. It’s not only important to acknowledge and care for our health – it is necessary in order to grow, heal, contribute and succeed.