Payroll professional strikes designation gold

Losing her job as an administrative assistant was a blessing in disguise for Charlene Stoddard
By Zachary Pedersen
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 08/07/2013

When Charlene Stoddard lost her job in March 2011, she had no idea how much her life would change in the next two years.

By day, the Saint John, N.B.-native was used to being an administrative assistant at an interior decorating firm. By night, she was a caregiver to her husband, who had been disabled in an accident 15 years earlier. Stoddard also has an adult-aged daughter, who was also living with disabilities.

“Like anyone else, I was really devastated when I lost my job,” she says. “But I’m also the type of person that says, ‘Okay, I’m going to get up and what am I going to do?’”