Learn to do by doing

Learn to do by doing

For as long as I can remember, I have always liked creating and doing things with my hands. As a kid, it started with the typical “arts and crafts” paper, glue and popsicle sticks. Lego was also a huge hit. My brother Jason and I, would spend hours building ships, cars and houses, and this was well before the elaborate sets that are out now. Living in a rural community, 4H was part of the picture and I recall taking part in learning how to knit, crochet, cook, bead among other activities.

Growing up my parents were very much DIYers, they still are. My siblings and I laugh about it now, but back when we were kids we all spent countless hours holding the treble light, fetching tools or holding boards to be cut on the table saw. All these things didn’t exactly rate high on the fun meter as youngsters. But unbeknown to us at the time, we were learning essential skills that would be valuable no matter what career path we chose.

Okay, now spring forward to 2015 and I’m all about rolling up my sleeves and getting the work done, both at home and at the office. There is just something about planning a project that fuels my energy. The process of itemizing the steps, sourcing the materials, and engaging a team to create that special something is rewarding. For those of you who know me, you know that I’ll have a handful of “projects” on the go – all the time. It is no surprise that I have chosen a career that let’s me indulge in these activities everyday.

At Deschenes Regnier, we value the process as well as the outcome. It is my role to manage each project from start to finish – to ensure that what we promise to our clients is what we deliver to them in the end. During the project management process I get a chance to communicate regularly with each of my clients, making sure that their needs are being met and that they agree with each step we are planning. With a client list built up over the last thirty years, I am rewarded with opportunities to work on client projects from media campaigns, event plans, audio/video projects, and branding to name a few.

This July, our family had the pleasure to partake in an exchange of ten 4Hers from Nova Scotia. Throughout the exchange, I was reminded several times how this youth organization’s motto “Learn to do by doing” is so relevant. Based upon my own experience working at Deschenes Regnier where we get a chance to “do” everyday, what a delight it will be when these kids realize in years to come, the knowledge they will have gained from doing.