Five years ago, Sandy Schuck accepted a job position with Community Futures Entre-Corp, and eventually Community Futures Chinook and Tourism Medicine Hat, and now finds herself completely content with her substantial and challenging workload.
Whether it’s balancing numbers and paperwork for Community Futures Chinook, Community Futures Entre-Corp or Tourism Medicine Hat, it gives Schuck a wealth of fulfillment that her role plays a part in all three organizations.
“I like helping my coworkers and being a support to them. If anyone needs something, I try to get on it right away; it feels good to close the loop on something,” she says.
Accounting is what she’s known her whole career and she’s been naturally drawn to the profession since day one, “I like balancing and figuring, and it doesn’t matter what sector you work in, you always have accounting. Especially with this job, I do all aspects of accounting, and I love that variety.”
From starting in the oil and gas industry, and then working with a non-for-profit that has a common goal of supporting the success of local and small business, Schuck has realized a new admiration and recognition for entrepreneurs in all industries.
“I’ve never worked with entrepreneurs before, and it’s been an eye-opener for me. I have a tremendous amount of respect for entrepreneurs. Seeing it first hand is pretty incredible. It’s not a nine-to-five job. It’s their passion — they’re on 24/7. I like learning about that,” says Schuck.
When she started in the accounting industry right out of high school, she quickly felt her intrinsic aptitude for it. The challenge, constant workflow, and variety of tasks keeps her on her toes with something new everyday.
Before Schuck and her family moved to Medicine Hat in April 2017, they would drive through often from Calgary to Saskatchewan to visit family. There was an encompassing feel the city gave off that attached to her more and more with every drive through on the Trans-Canada Highway.
She and her husband would talk about moving, and when her husband was approved for a work transfer, they packed their bags and permanently stopped in Medicine Hat the next time they drove on the Trans-Canada Highway.
“We were camping at Gas City Campground, and I had an interview with Community Futures after applying a few months after moving. We were walking our dog, and we ran into a lady. She made conversation. I told her I had a job interview. It turned out the woman used to work there, and she loved it. I thought that was pretty funny,” says Schuck.
And like that woman, Schuck feels fortunate working in an office with a supportive and welcoming team, while having a workload that fuels her list of what she needs to be professionally fulfilled.
“I really like what I’m doing, and I don’t see myself doing anything else.”