February 15, 2013

The Vancouver Board of Trade Member of the Week – Karoline Monkvik

Originally from Victoria, BC, Karoline moved to Vancouver in early 2011 to pursue big things in the big city after studying Business Administration at Camosun College. Currently employed at Anthem Properties, a real estate investment, development and management company, Karoline coordinates their corporate communications initiatives and human resources activities.

When she is not in the office, Karoline can be found networking at The Vancouver Board of Trade and BC Human Resource Management Association events or acting as Secretary for both the International Association of Administrative Professionals (Vancouver Chapter) and Women in Mining BC.
Karoline has a true passion for staying active and has a love for long distance endurance sports while also volunteering/fundraising for various non-profit organizations. Somehow, in the bustle of everything, she still manages to indulge in regular wine and cheese nights…

What is success to you?

“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” – Margaret Thatcher

What is one of your accomplishments that you are most proud of?
Completing my first Olympic distance triathlon in March 2012 – the Lavaman Triathlon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. The experience from sign up to crossing that finish line truly instilled a thirst for things I would have never dreamed of otherwise.

What do you love about Vancouver?

In this beautiful city, there is never a dull moment! There are tons of people to meet, groups to join, places to eat, cultures and neighborhoods to explore, trails to run, shows to see, and ways to help each other. I could keep going here.

What charities/causes do you support?
The top three that I am very personally involved with are the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, the Canadian Breast Cancer Society, and Free the Children. There is no shortage of worthy causes and I try to support as many as I can in whatever capacity I’m able to.

What advice do you have for other Young Professionals?

Set BHAGs and pursue relentlessly, no matter how many times you get knocked down.

What has been your favourite experience with the CYP?
I have made a handful of close relationships through the CYP Development Nights and more specifically, the CYP Peer Leadership Forum. Through these avenues I have met friends that I will grow old with in the business community as we wade through professional and personal adventures, learning from and supporting each other.

Who is your role model and why?
This is so cliché but for good reasons: my Mom. She is a pillar of strength, support, and wisdom and is the epitome of my every day inspiration.

What is the latest book you read in its entirety?
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – sometimes it’s nice to escape reality while in the comfort of your bed.