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Our Leader Spotlight – Julia Wiens

Health & Safety Administrator, Walker Industries

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.

Julia Wiens is an adventurous and driven individual born and raised in the Niagara Region.

She obtained a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Therapeutic Recreation from Brock University. During this time, she completed an internship in Ireland working to improve the quality of life of individuals with physical disabilities. She then went on to obtain a Human Resources Management graduate certificate from Niagara College.

Julia has been a Health & Safety Administrator at Walker Industries in Niagara Falls since August 2019. Julia is active on the wellness committee at Walker and enjoys her position as she helps to keep everyone healthy and safe.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys working out, spending time with her family, and exploring local wineries/breweries.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

I am personally motivated to explore civic leadership because I am passionate about the Niagara Region and want to be a part of creating positive change, growth, and development in the community.

Each one of us has the ability to contribute to society – I want to contribute and hope to empower others to do the same. I believe that it is important that we develop leaders of all ages, backgrounds, and professions to foster a community of growth and acceptance for years to come.

What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?

I believe that mental health/illness is the most significant issue in our community (and our country). According to the Niagara Region, the top two stressors in 2015-2016 were finances and work. Since the pandemic, I believe that these stressors have heightened greatly. With many losing jobs and struggling to stay afloat, mental health is more important than ever.

What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?

I hope to improve my communication, collaboration, and strategic thinking skills. I also hope to become more perceptive so I can help to find strengths in others.

I think that finding strengths in others would help me to be an effective leader, as well as, help others find leadership skills in themselves.

May 11th, 2021