11 Dec Meet Siobhan, Office Administrator – Clearline CPA Vancouver
By Siobhan O’Connor
Last February, I joined Clearline CPA. It was probably one of the most stressful times that I have experienced. We were just at the beginning of tax season and I was coming in as a brand new office administrator. It was my first time working in a public accounting firm and with my luck, it had to be right smack during the busy season. I had to learn everything all at once: from trying to remember everyone’s names, to understanding what a T183 form is.
But enough of my rough start, and more about myself. I am originally from Cork, Ireland and moved to Vancouver in November 2017. I still cannot believe that I moved to the one place on earth that rains more than Ireland. Back home, I worked at a hotel as a front desk clerk while finishing off my degree from University College Cork where I studied International Development and Food Policy. I have always aspired to go into development work in Latin America. The disparity between my home in Ireland and my mother’s home in Mexico inspired me to learn more about the people in underdeveloped countries and how to help them. I have also found it does not rain as much in Latin America.
Although it was a stressful beginning, February was a brilliant time for me to join Clearline. Even though there were challenging days, we also had team building Fridays. It was the only day we finished at 5pm and took advantage of this by bringing out our ping-pong table. We would get weekly statistics on how many T1’s were completed and would celebrate anytime we surpassed our goal. Having a win after a stressful, long week really brought the team together. And with the constant treats brought in by different staff members, it really felt like we were looking out for one another.
When I am not at the office, or hanging out with someone from the office, I enjoy going snowboarding – albeit going embarrassingly slow down a bunny hill. Otherwise, you will find me at Johnny Foxes, along with all the Irish people in Vancouver, enjoying a good chicken roll.