Young Professional Spotlight: Oana Sirb

alex-pryor-portraitOana Sirb

Occupation: Elementary School Teacher

Industry: Education

Find Me At: @mira_que_belas



Why are you in Hamilton?

I fell in love with the city 8 years ago when I relocated for work. The progress it’s made, the urbanization and development happening are just astounding. I have no doubt that Hamilton is the next “it” thing; the place our generation and generations after us will want to call home. I have yet to hear someone say they are bored in Hamilton. I just feel at home.


Tell us about your work.

I am an elementary school teacher, a volunteer, a freelance tutor and a passionate photographer. I have worked in both the public as well as private school sectors and I now realize that I am making much more of a difference by teaching in the public school system. I am passionate about what I do and teach by trying to instill the same love for learning into my students. As a newly settled Canadian, I have learned that passion and perseverance are the keys to personal success.


Why did you sign up for the HIVE newsletter and/or why did you join a HIVE member group?

As a young professional, I realize the importance of networking with like-minded people, and that the sharing of knowledge and information all leads up to bettering yourself professionally. By networking with like-minded individuals, you can also learn from other professionals in other industries. I love the idea of belonging to a community where individuals are collectively trying to better themselves, their professional fields and building a sustainable Hamilton.


HIVEX is a young professional conference organized by Hamilton HIVE. In your view, why is it important to have a conference dedicated to young professionals?

By networking, one expands their knowledge exponentially. It is important to expose young professionals to real life scenarios and prepare them for their careers. One can benefit from professional development conferences at any stage in their careers, as we never stop learning or growing. We live in a diverse society, where everyone has something to contribute; coming together as a community can have a positive impact on the individual and the community they live in.


How do you think HIVEX can help young professionals like yourself achieve a personal goal?

HIVEX offers the opportunity to be part of a professional organization, to attend workshops, to be mentored, to network, to exchange information, and to receive advice and useful information on where to start or what the next steps are.


What is Hamilton’s biggest opportunity?

Its ability to grow, to find the resources necessary to move forward in the 21st century, to develop, to offer things for young professionals to be involved in, and its ability to attract change.


What is your advice for YPs looking at Hamilton?

Do not be discouraged by negative remarks on Hamilton or be off put. Its best gems take a while to discover. There are plenty of opportunities for professionals and surely many more to come. Hamilton isn’t what it was 5 years ago and at the rate things are changing, it has yet to show you its best attributes. If you are lucky to get a job, stick with it and stick with Hamilton, I guarantee you will fall in love with it. I have temporarily relocated to York Region due to personal reasons but Hamilton is where my home is.


How can Hamilton HIVE help move Hamilton forward?

By connecting Hamilton’s young professionals with like-minded individuals, by facilitating networking and sharing of ideas, by reinforcing that Hamilton is on the verge of a great revival.


What is your favourite place in Hamilton?

With so many amazing places, it’s hard to narrow it down. Locke Street, James Street, Ottawa Street, and Westdale are all places you’ll find me enjoying a bite to eat, a cupcake or a cup of ethically sourced coffee. Or I might take that coffee to go on one of the many Bruce or RBG trails.

Posted on January 30, 2017 in Young Professional Spotlight

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