Your name: Darlene Rochow
Designation and experience:
I have had the opportunity to work in a number of areas, from profit to nonprofit. My movement within the various industries has provided me with many learning opportunities. From sitting within corporate boardrooms to sitting on the sidewalk with the homeless population of our city, I have been blessed to meet individuals and learn from them through their experiences. My faith and my experiences have taught me to be compassionate and empathetic. My greatest teaching came from my parents who taught me about working diligently: work well, with purpose, and with a joyful spirit.
What inspires you?
Courage and change inspires me and I think they often go hand in hand. I am in awe of people who are dedicated to making a difference. It takes work, dedication, and perseverance. To see someone work through their “stuff” keeps me motivated to work on mine. I am also inspired by people who have much knowledge yet humble spirits.
What are your proudest accomplishments?
I have always struggled with the word “proud,” but I would say that my proudest accomplishments have been my most humble life experiences. Though painful and challenging, these experiences have taught me to love life and strive to make use of every opportunity.I have had opportunity to be part of Relief Teams going into areas of devastation such as Mississippi, New Orleans, and within our own communities of Calgary, High River, and Siksika First Nations. I would not deem them “proud” moments, rather blessed opportunities.
Family and friends…proud and blessed…I am truly thankful for “my circle.” Their character, love, and passion are some of the things that keep my striving!