Leader Spotlight | Sylvie Beck
Assistant Manager of Operations Support with Meridian Credit Union.
This series is dedicated to introducing and celebrating the ACL+ 2021/22 program participants. 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.
Sylvie Beck is a professional in the Financial Services Industry for the last 20 years. During the past 20 years, she has held various positions within the financial industry from a bank teller, customer service coordinator, financial services advisor, Assistant Manager of Meridian Credit Union’s Contact Centre and currently she leads a team of highly skilled and engaged individuals within Meridian Credit Union’s Operations Support Team.
In Sylvie’s personal life, she enjoys spending time kayaking with her husband and 2 children during the warmer months and during the winter months, Sylvie spends most of her free time in hockey arenas watching their 2 children play hockey.
Sylvie also enjoys walking their dog, going for runs and participating in yoga when time permits. At the end of the day, she finds time to relax by knitting for a local charity that she supports.
Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?
I want to help lead change. My community is important to me and I know I have the skillset to make a difference. The civic leadership program will help me build on my existing skillset to lead change, and make an impact in my community.
I also understand leading the change starts with me however I cannot do it alone. I look forward to meeting other individuals from the civic leadership program that I can collaborate with and learn from; because together we are better.
What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?
In my view, Mental Health is a significant issue facing our community.
There are an alarming number of individuals that struggle every day with Mental Health. These individuals who suffer in silence don’t know where to start. They can feel alone and scared with little or no resources to help.
Also, the stigma associated with Mental Health needs to change, we have made some headway but there is still a long way to go. This is an issue in our community that affects everyone in some way shape or form and I want to help in whichever way I can.
What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?
During this program, I would like to build on my leadership skills, develop more self-confidence and improve my interpersonal skills. I would like to apply these skills to become a better part of the solution.
What Is ACL+?
Accelerate Civic Leadership+ is our answer to adapting our flagship Accelerate Civic Leadership (ACL) program for virtual learning.
Designed as a tool to expand the number of individuals who accept leadership roles in business, government, and social organizations to meet future challenges in the region, ACL+ strengthens the bonds within the region. It serves as a retention and engagement tool for our Niagara businesses and non-profits.