Diana Chan wears many hats as a student, part-time employee, volunteer and entrepreneur.
The impressive balancing act recently earned the business dual degree student at Brock’s Goodman School of Business the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. The award was presented on July 14 by the St. Catharines chapter of Zonta International — an organization of professionals whose goal is to empower women through their mandate of service and advocacy.
The scholarship was established to inspire women in their pursuit of education and careers in business.
Virginia Vickers, a Zonta member who was part of the award selection panel, said Chan and her many endeavours made quite the impression on the group.
“Her leadership skills are very strong and even more interesting to us was her ability to work collaboratively and her genuine interest in helping her team members succeed,” she said. “Her ability to go above and beyond and relate to others was absolutely tremendous.”
Vickers said the panel was also impressed with Chan’s ability to juggle her many responsibilities as a student, part-time employee, volunteer and entrepreneur.
In addition to participating in Goodman’s unique BBA dual degree program, which will allow her to study in Ireland for two years at Dublin City University before graduating with two undergraduate degrees in 4.5 years, Chan spends much time pursuing her passion for digital content.
The Niagara Falls native has logged countless hours over the last two years volunteering for the Brock University Accounting Conference as an IT design director, the Goodman Business Students’ Association as a photographer and the Goodman School of Business as a social media ambassador.
She is also working at the Healthcare and Employees’ Credit Union in Hamilton this summer.
Chan’s interests also lie in more traditional mediums.
She launched a journal and book binding company called Bounded last year using start-up funding and mentorship from the Summer Company grant. Combining her business knowledge with her passion for stationery and books, she spends her spare time making handmade notebooks and journals to sell at craft shows.
Although it can be a challenge to balance her many roles, Chan said this year has taught her about time management more than ever before.
“My goal this year was to be focused and present in each of my commitments,” she said. “I’m so honoured to receive this award from Zonta and to have my accomplishment recognized in this way.”