Last May we had the inspiring stories of ORGANO moms, and this time we wanted to dedicate a space to the dads in our team because they are another pillar of our organization and the families that make us grow! Let’s hear about their drive and inspiration.
Yann Cabon – Team Lead, Customer Service
Yann is part of our Vancouver office and is a father of two and parenthood for him has been all about shifting priorities and lifestyle, “when you have kids you no longer think only of yourself and you worry about the details: Does everyone have a seatbelt? Do I have enough water? Have I made an appointment with the dentist?. Also, illness is not an option. If you are sick you start thinking: who will bring your child to school, prepare lunch, help with homework, etc.”
For him, achieving balance isn’t the issue, it is the values that matter and also learning a powerful lesson of patience, “I want my kids to learn about perseverance. We all have an uphill battle in front of us. We all want something but not everybody will succeed, and all who do are the most perseverant.”
Lloyd Dy – Manager, Logistics/Supply Chain
Lloyd’s parenthood lessons came not only from his experience with his kids but from looking up to his father, “I didn’t really understand why my father was so hard on me until I became a dad, then I understood. I admire his respect for each individual and how he makes sure that there was no clear favoritism in both me and my brother. He made sure to spend ample time with both of us.” And the lessons from his own father are something Lloyd also aims to apply to the upbringing of his daughter.
Parenthood for him is something unique that every person should experience, “it opened my eyes and my mind to a whole new dimension, it made me realize that there is so much more to life and if we live our lives to the fullest then we can leave a legacy to our kids, to the next generation.” And even when the pandemic has posed more challenges, it has also given him the chance to spend more time with his child, “I usually wake up early to finish all my work before 2 so that I can make sure that I have time to play with her outside in the afternoon.”
As for the values he wants to teach his kin, he is clear about the importance of knowing where you come from and respecting others, “for me humility and generosity are good traits to have. Also, treat everyone with respect, you do not have to like everyone, but treat them with respect.”
Joseph Gotinga – Production Manager, Marketing
Parenthood for Joseph was a lesson that came early in his adulthood when he was 21, “it was pretty scary but I knew I would be able to handle it. I just needed to step up and be the man I was supposed to be. On the other side of the fear lie, the most wonderful things, and those are my children and family, whom I cherish.”
Even when his “children” are not kids anymore, Joseph still makes time to balance his personal and family life, “Work is work, so when I decide to turn it off, I forget about it. It’s always good to clear your head and take a few steps back and refocus. That being said, I use that time for the family; whether it’s bonding with my kids over fixing their cars or hiking with my wife and cooking special dinners so the family can spend hours talking.”
Some of the values he considers as important are the value of promises and commitment, “always finish what you started, and there will always be an easier way, you just need to be smart about approaching a problem.” And on the more practical side, “It’s always better to be overdressed than to be under-dressed. The way you look is a sign of respect for the people you are meeting–and it raises everyone’s standard when dealing with you no matter where you are. Look at the part if you want it. Perception goes a long way.” Great piece of advice from an expert on the image.
To close, his biggest lesson as a father had been to learn how to be responsible for his actions, as they are part of the blueprint his children will follow, “Your children are always watching you and most of all–learning from you. Who you are is what they will most likely be.
Always be there for them, always support them and never be afraid to call them out if they do something wrong. Let them know that they can always count on you because they will always come first. If you want them to be responsible, kind, compassionate, and well-composed, then they have to see that in you.”
On this father’s day, we want to take a moment to celebrate and feel grateful for those powerful and inspiring father figures that instilled in us the values of responsibility, commitment, and hard work. The world is a better place thanks to their teachings and reassuring presence.
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