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Havva Eriskin

Translated from French

"I immigrated to Canada at the age of five, leaving behind a small village in Türkiye. From my preconception, I lived an atypical adventure. My mother, who had always dreamed of having children, faced difficulties conceiving. After seven years, she said to herself, 'Something is not right.' Accessing a doctor in the village was neither easy nor affordable, but with determination, she knitted, and my father supported her by selling her creations. The doctor concluded that my mother needed surgery, even though he couldn't guarantee that she would ever have children.

Sometime later, a midwife from the village, seeming to intuitively know when a woman was pregnant, confirmed my mother's long-awaited pregnancy. Convinced that I was a boy for some reason, she created an entire collection of blue knits: socks, sweaters, and pants! And poof, her miracle daughter arrived! She kept the blue items for the day when I would have a son. That day has arrived! My mother, my idol, inspired me to become a mother myself. She has always been there for my son and me. Her numerous medical visits in the past may have also influenced my career choice in the medical field.

Fifteen years ago, I completed my Secretarial Studies Diploma with a specialization in the medical field. I started at the Villeray location (ForceMedic), which marked the beginning of a flourishing career. During this time, I actively contributed to the clinic's operations, strengthening my professional skills and my understanding of the network and medical field.

When the pandemic began in 2018-2019, I took on the role of coordinator, gaining experience over the years. I didn't necessarily have management experience, but I still embarked on this new adventure. It wasn't easy, especially with a newborn, but I'm a go-getter.

When the ForceMedic-CMME merger occurred, I experienced a lot of stress, fears, and questions - everyone did. Today, I only manage Villeray and Fabre. The system is more structured, which relieves me. As a coordinator, I’ve learned a lot, especially how to interact with my team and patients. I am proud of the person I have become, as a mother and coordinator. There was a time in my career when I didn't understand the concept of coordination in the same way, but over time, I learned to have more trust in people. Being a coordinator is not just about overseeing a team from above. If I need to be a secretary, I will. If I need to stay at work until 8PM, I will. I am there for my team. It's not easy for everyone in their personal lives, but I know my colleagues will also be there for me. My experience has taught me the importance of trust, empathy, and flexibility in my role."

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