In the lead up to Mother’s Day, Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.
Over the next few days we’ll be sharing the stories of five amazing moms who recently participated in our Mom & Baby programs—Binny, Derrilynn, Amy, Asha and Hughene—as part of our new ongoing series, “Meet a Mom.”
MEET A MOM: MEET AMY
Thanks for speaking with us today, Amy! Can you tell us how many kids you have, and their ages?
I have two children, the oldest is 4.5-years-old and the youngest is 5-months.
Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
It’s hard to think about life before being a mom. I was a workaholic, spent a few summers travelling for work and spent any free time with friends.
I’ve been working for MLSE for the better part of the last nine years (save for time on mat leave). I started as an associate producer for live broadcast and worked on content for Leafs and TFC games. Part of my work with TFC was being on the road for a few seasons and helping broadcast road games. I’ve been to parts of the USA I never would have gone to otherwise and worked with some great people, so it was fun while it lasted.
I moved into the creative services department three years later as creative producer which transitioned to working on commercial and promotional content that could be seen in-arena, online and some TV commercial spots. Now, our broadcast and creative teams have joined forces and I help to oversee scheduling, timelines and budgets for the video production group.
What do you like best about what you do?
We have marketing days and they’re notoriously my favourite days of the year. It’s a day where all players for a team are made available to us and it’s our best opportunity to get video and photo content ahead of a season starting. The content is used company-wide for multiple purposes. In some instances, it’s months of planning, working with various people to settle all of the details and a pretty big undertaking. I lose sleep the night before, but when it all comes together and runs smoothly it’s such a great day and environment to be in.
What is your favourite part about being a mom?
My favourite part is really just watching them grow up, become people and learn so many new things. Something as simple as the baby learning to sit on her own makes me cheer for her, or when my four-year-old finally reads a new word without our help. I’m their biggest cheerleader and it makes me so proud of them every day they become more independent.
What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
Finding balance with work was a big challenge at first. That whole workaholic thing was difficult to acknowledge and let go of, but over time things levelled out and I let go of more work and held onto more family time.
Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Play baseball in summer and catch up on some TV shows when baby naps.
Current fav show on Netflix?
I’m a Riverdale fan.
You joined Mommy Connections in winter 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
I loved meeting other moms. We still meet up or go to some programs together. I also found it really helpful talking to some of the guests about feeding, sleeping and health in general.
Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Ask for, and take, help when you need it. Parenting is HARD at every stage. If you have family or friends who are offering you a break, take it. Even if it’s just for an hour, kid free. It’s so easy to believe that you can do this without an army to help you, but the sense of relief, of being re-energized, of feeling supported, is something we all need and may not even realize. The best thing I did for myself was join Mommy Connections because I needed an army, and I needed support, and I didn’t know how to ask for it.