I am the owner and President of LucasWorks, a Recruitment and Human Resource Company with offices in Windsor, London and Kitchener Ontario. I have worked in the Employment Services field for 20 years starting at an entry-level position and working my way up to a Branch Manager for a multi-national Recruitment firm before deciding to go into business for myself.
It was a challenging decision because I had never been involved in starting up a business and the unknown is always a little scary. What I did know was that I had the industry knowledge, a positive attitude and the right values and ethics to own a business. In the years since I have been in my own business I have learned a lot and loved every minute of it.
I was fortunate to have a wonderful, supportive family, really great friends and strong mentors in my life. In the first few years I leaned on them a lot.
One of the key things that differentiate LucasWorks is our values and ethics. I believe that any successful business has a responsibility to the community that has helped them thrive. Part of our Corporate Vision is to have everyone who works at LucasWorks be involved as a volunteer to an organization that they feel connected to. Currently our involvement includes Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Rotary International, The Canadian Cancer Society, The Kidney Foundation, Heart and Stroke, Children’s Aid, Salvation Army to name a few.
I personally have recently joined forces with four friends to start WHOW – Women Helping Other Women and I am working with a partner to launch 100 Women Who Care Windsor Essex. I am an active Rotarian and a Past President for The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918). I am Past Chair of Youth Service committee, participate in Youth Exchange committee, Past Chair for Art in the Park 2004 and Past Chair for Children’s Fest.
I had the honour of serving on the Board of Governors for St. Clair College and I currently serve on the Board of Directors for The House of Sophrosyne, a local shelter servicing women with addictions.
Being a Mentor almost sounds like a badge of honour that one wears but I feel like it is a responsibility to share knowledge and wisdom. When I am asked to speak to students in class or attend a youth entrepreneur seminar or share business values with someone – that is a great compliment to me and I always feel honored to be asked. For the past two years, as a member of CYBF (Canadian Youth Business Foundation), I have been partnered with a new retail business owner, mentoring her as she goes through the first years in business. It is a wonderful reminder to me of the challenges I encountered when I started my business and also of the wonderful support I received from my mentors.
I am proud of the people that work here at LucasWorks for their many contributions and strong business ethics. It is wonderful to know that each and every one of them cares about making a difference and being a good person and role model. They are the foundation and face of LucasWorks and a large part of the reason why we are successful.