We’re celebrating Women in Aviation Week by featuring some of the amazing women who work at Hawkair! Regulatory Affairs Manager Taryn Acheson shares a typical day from her office at YVR.
My role focuses on safety, ensuring we fulfill our promise of bringing our guests to their destination safely. Each day brings different experiences and challenges in my life as a woman in aviation; however each day is exciting and I wouldn’t change it for the world. There are days where I will fly to different bases and days where I go into my Vancouver office.
“I love the fact the there are no two days alike within my role. It is always exciting and I learn new things each day.”
No matter what the work day will bring, I always start by waking up around 6am to get my two daughters breakfast and ready for their day ahead. If I am lucky I will have enough time to do my hair and not have to put it in a pony tail! Needless to say mornings are ALWAYS busy so my hair is usually worn up.
After the children are off to daycare I make my morning commute to the office with the daily stop at Tim Hortons to fuel my day ahead.
Once I arrive, I say my good mornings to the maintenance team in Vancouver and go to my desk. In the Regulatory Affairs position, I oversee Safety Management Systems therefore as I start up my computer I chat with our Health, Safety and Environment Analyst to get any updates and then we plan for our day ahead, ensuring that tasks do not go overdue and that there are no new pressing safety concerns.
Once my computer is up and running I start to go through emails. As there are always plenty of emails, I try to start the day with high priority emails. Anytime I receive emails and requests from Transport Canada or any other government agency, I immediately try to respond to their questions or investigate any concerns. Depending on their request, this at times can take up a large part of my day; making phone calls, requesting and gathering documents from fellow team members and then submitting the requested information back to the government agency.
I have a notepad where I write down my to-do list. I go through this list (and add to it) on a daily basis. After my initial morning email check I prioritize items on my to-do list for the rest of my day. I always have large projects on the go which can include creating and updating training courses, or creating and amending company manuals. I generally will work on these projects for an hour or two then take a break with one of my smaller to do items which could include following up on a corrective action, closing safety reports, checking for regulatory updates or updating our employee safety and training websites. I will then go back to the larger projects and next thing I know, the day has ended!
Out the door on the way home.
Of course throughout the day there are always phone calls and meetings to attend. I love the fact the there are no two days alike within my role. It is always exciting and I learn new things each day. The amount of fulfillment I gain by the end of each day from accomplishing my daily goals makes it all worthwhile.