Hello dear BPW community! We hope you are enjoying your summer and we can’t wait to reconnect in September, when our monthly meetings begin again. In the meantime, as promised, we are debuting out newest feature: the BPW Member Profile!
The first BPW Abbotsford member being profiled, and our guinea pig for this feature, is Maggie Reimer. Maggie has been a BPW member for 15 years, and has served on the executive for most of that time.
Maggie Reimer has been an active and devoted member of our community, however – as we are publishing this blog post, she is starting her second career: enjoying life with her family and traveling. And she deserves it! We can think of no better way to honor her commitment and hard work than by sharing this interview and her advice to ladies in the club and not only.
How I got started in my career goes back to my first job with the Royal Trust Company in Edmonton. I literally went door to door in downtown Edmonton asking if they had a job for me. Turns out – Royal Trust was looking for a clerk in their investment department… that was May 1970. I remained in the financial services industry for all of my career – 47 years. I retired from RBC Dominion Securities after 11 years and would do it all over again! The best lesson I learned along the way is to have faith in yourself and just go for it!
My greatest achievement was being accepted and respected by not only my clients but my male counterparts. There are few women who become Investment Advisers in wealth management and we seem to have to work harder to prove ourselves. My biggest challenge would be trying to balance work and life style, especially with a child who was terminally ill. During the Global Financial Crisis, I ran from the hospital to my office for four months, back and forth, because I had a son to care for but I also had many, many clients who needed me to be there for them also. Oh! Not to mention my husband and my other two children.
First and foremost, you must be honest, be a person of high integrity and compassion. You need to listen to what your clients are telling you. You also need to be a good teacher and guidance counsellor.
I started increasing my knowledge by taking courses offered through the Institute of Canadian Bankers at UBC and SFU. I also took courses offered by the Canadian Securities Institute and the Canadian Financial Planning Standards Council. Additionally, there are yearly education credits required to maintain your accreditation in the Advisory role.
There was no “one” person whose life I admire but there are many who influenced me.
Work and life style balance was always weighted to work. If I could have changed something in my career, it would have been to have learned to say “no” and go home on time!
I have told many young people to follow their passion… find a job you are best suited for and become great at doing it.
My best friend would say that I care too much for people and care too much for what people think of me. I take on too much and try to squeeze that one more thing into a day, which often causes me to be late. I am a “cup half full” type of person and I love my life and the people in it.
Because my job required me to read so much research, I read purely for enjoyment and the last book I read was The Patriots Club by Christopher Reich.
My favourite thing about BPW is that it gives me an opportunity to meet interesting people and increase my knowledge by listening to their stories.