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Women in Business 2015

Trish Fedewich: Leading by example Mentors have played a helpful role in the life of a Cloverdale Notary Public who also teaches and inspires others By Jennifer Lang Education and strong support are key to success for Cloverdale notary public Trish Fedewich. A practicing notary in Cloverdale since 1993, Fedewich runs Fedewich and Witt, along with husband Norm Witt. The couple have two children. The business was founded by Trish’s father, El Fedewich, who opened his first notary office a few doors down in 1978. Mentors have played a helpful role since she started out 16 years ago, she says in a revealing profile, where she describes her carefree childhood and eventual career path. The Surrey-born and raised mother of two was the cover story in the 2014 summer edition of The Scrivener, published by the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. She didn’t start out as a Notary Public. After earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree, she worked for a bank, helping manage small branches, where many of the staff were young and inexperienced. She honed her managerial and people skills. When the bank’s Ontario head office would send a directive that wasn’t a good fit for the West Coast, she grew frustrated; she didn’t have the power to change things. So Trish looked to the example set by her father, who clearly loved his career, and his similarlyfulfilled colleagues who were notaries. “When someone is so passionate about a job, you are drawn to it,” she told the magazine. “Dad never said, ‘Why don’t you become a notary?’ It just happened

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Trish Fedewich grew up in Surrey, eventually following her father into a rewarding career as a Notary Public.

as a natural transition.” Learning the ropes in her new field, she spent a year observing her father at his office, and wasn’t afraid to question him. “Those were invaluable learning opportunities for me.” It wasn’t long before she was established on her new path. Opportunities to give back – and

extend a more experienced hand to those who might benefit – soon followed. Trish teaches new notary students through the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia, and has formally mentored students in the past. She also volunteers as a speaker on legal topics for seniors centres,

legions, financial institutions and others. “Lots of people mentored me and provided me with support when I was new,” she told The Scrivener. “It’s so nice to be able to give back that way.” When she started to teach, she turned to other Notaries to co-

present with her, mentors whose experience and credibility she trusted and valued enormously. Joining Toastmasters helped her gain confidence in public speaking. She also cites the leadership of CEO Wayne Braid, who has played a significant role on the educational programs of the society.

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March 12, 2015 edition of the Cloverdale Reporter