Our Leader Spotlight – Amanda Dyson
Fleet Personnel Coordinator, Algoma Central Corporation
This series is dedicated to introducing and celebrating the participants of the ACL+ 2021 program. Each week, we will focus on one of our leaders, sharing a little bit about them and what motivates them to explore community leadership in Niagara.
Amanda Dyson has recently returned to the Niagara Region after moving out of the City for almost 7 years. Amanda studied Human Resources Management at Niagara College and graduated in 2012. She started with Algoma in 2011 as a Co-op student, was hired as a Fleet Personnel Coordinator after graduation, and has been in the Marine Industry ever since.
Amanda is an extremely outgoing individual and has a passion for helping others. She secretly thrives during stressful situations and enjoys problem-solving – Working in the Marine Industry, you will find a perfect balance of this, which is why she finds this Industry a perfect fit for her.
During her free time, Amanda loves spending timing with friends and family, enjoys wine tasting in the Niagara Region, has a passion for decorating and adores her cats, Pablo and Gus.
Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?
I have always considered myself as someone passionate about helping others, which is why I am personally motivated to explore civic leadership and give back to my community. As I have just recently moved back to the Niagara Region, I have been looking for ways to get involved in my community and make a difference.
I firmly believe that everyone can make a change, whether it is big or small.
What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?
In my view, the most significant issue/ opportunity facing our community today is mental health.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted everyone –not only is it a stressful event for individuals and our communities.
This is a stressful situation, and while some may be resilient during this time, others struggle to cope with stressful situations and find the necessary support. Mental health is prevalent during this time, as some may be impacted financially, have lost their jobs, feel isolated from friends and family, and also a fear of the unknown.
It is important to understand that mental health is not only targeted towards adults but can also affect youth, young children and also our family life.
During this time, where we have increased social distancing, it is important to maintain social connections, create awareness, and utilize resources in our community to help those who struggle with their mental health. It is our responsibility as a community to help and support each other and make our community stronger.
What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?
At Algoma, our values are Teamwork, Passion, Integrity, Ownership and Sustainability
With my participation in the 2021 Leadership Program, my goal is to further develop and understand each of these values and incorporate them personally and professionally – I firmly believe that by effectively developing and understanding each of these values, it will help me progress in my career with Algoma.