All Roads Lead to Yorkdale
Back in April, I wrote about my disappointment in having to vacate the lovely building that housed my office for the past seven years. (As you may recall, the developer had plans to replace it with a condominium.) I also recounted some of the inherent difficulties in finding another office that offered as many of the benefits that our building had. With clients coming from all points of the Greater Toronto area and beyond, we wanted to find an office that was more centrally located than the old one had been, that was directly on a subway line, that offered affordable parking and was close to the city’s main highways. We also didn’t want to give up on lovely views, proximity to green space and the amenities of a beautiful building.
After months of pounding the pavement, I am delighted to announce that my partner and I have found a wonderful replacement. (Apologies to all my out-of-town readers who may not know the following locations.) We have moved to Yorkdale Place, a beautiful structure with a panoramic view of the city. It is situated directly above the Spadina subway line and the terminal for local and regional buses from across the Greater Toronto area. It is just off of the 401 Highway and the Allen Expressway, and is attached to but separate from the hustle and bustle of one of Canada’s oldest and biggest mall, Yorkdale Shopping Centre. With our own separate and free parking lot directly in front of the building, you can easily arrive and depart without ever having to go through the mall or the hassle of finding a parking spot. On the other hand, if you want to combine your appointment with some shopping, you are steps away from a million square feet of it! Picnic tables adorn the eastern perimeter of our building, while floral baskets camouflage much of the concrete ramp leading up to it. Yorkdale Park is just across the road.
Given this new beginning, I thought it was fitting to make some other changes to coincide with it. The first was to my domain name. While the mainstay of my practice has always been career counselling and coaching, I wanted my domain name to better reflect the personal counselling and coaching that I do. So you can now reach my website either through www.careeractive.com or www.barbarafish.com and you can contact me via email either at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
I also decided to give the website itself a bit of a facelift and with the wonderful help of Nathaniel Richman of www.nrichmedia.com, my website now has a fresh, updated look and feel. I also modified some of its contents, adding a new page on achievement and aptitude assessments in response to the number of people seeking such assessments. Please take a look at all the updates, especially the beautiful photographs that accompany them at www.barbarafish.com. The photographs were taken and generously donated by my partner, Samuel Waldner of www.samuelwaldner.com, whose talents in photography and counselling I have written about in a previous newsletter. And, as you can see, my newsletter also has a new look in keeping with the one created for me in my website.
I’d also like to tell you about two groups that I shall be facilitating this year. The first group is comprised of single women who have been meeting for more than a year and are now open to new members. Meetings are held every other Monday night from 6:00-7:30 pm. In addition, I will be offering a new group also on alternate Mondays for clients wishing to improve their mood and their self-esteem. Please call me at 416 498-1352 if you would like any more information about either of these groups.
Finally, the last change involves you, my dear readers. I would love to hear from you about what you like in these newsletters, what you don’t, what future topics you would like to read about and what questions you might have. I welcome your feedback and comments. Thanks for your continued support and readership.
Barbara Fish, M.Ed.
Personal and Career Counsellor
“Helping Your Life Work”