Grooming is an essential component of making a good first impression.
When Patricia Gloudon walked into a staffing agency in 1973 pursuing employment soon after arriving in Toronto, her business attire caught the attention of the interviewer.
She was dressed in a pant suit which, at the time, was extremely rare for an administrative job seeker since it wasn’t acceptable business wear for women.
“The woman at the agency made a comment about how elegant I looked and she sent me to Scotiabank which was looking for temporary employees,” said Gloudon.
They, too, were swayed by her appropriate outfit and pleasant personality.
Gloudon spent the next 41 years with Canada’s third-largest bank before retiring on her 65th birthday on October 31. Starting in the accounting department, she rose to the position of director of commercial retail money market.
Reflecting on four decades with the financial institution, Gloudon said it was extremely motivating and rewarding.
“Of course I have nothing to compare it with because it’s the only job I have held,” she said. “At the same time, it was such a fulfilling experience to work with an organization that allowed me to flourish and also contributed to some of my community endeavours.”
Gloudon chairs Eva’s Initiatives “Home for Life” highly successful auction held every spring. The money raised from this and another major charity event – “Taste Matters” – maintains youth shelters named after late postal clerk, dental technician and community activist, Eva Smith, who died 21 years ago.
To recognize her enormous contribution to the community and the upliftment of young people, the then City of North York named its first community youth shelter after her. Eva’s Place was opened in June 1994, six months after her death. Two other youth shelters – Eva’s Satellite and Eva’s Phoenix, each offering an innovative combination of programs and service for homeless young people – have since been launched.
Eva’s Initiatives serve close to 2,500 young people annually between the ages of 16 and 24.
In the last decade, Scotia Capital – a division of Scotiabank – has been the “Home for Life” presenting sponsor and has supported Eva’s Initiatives through large financial donations, sponsorship, in-kind gifts and volunteer assistance.
The Scotiabank Group has also invested as a donor and customer in the Phoenix Print Shop – an Eva’s Initiative – which is one of four official printers selected for the 2015 Pan American/Parapan Am Games in the Golden Horseshoe region.
Because of Gloudon, the bank has also made significant contributions to a four-year youth development program and cotillion ball, Oshawa’s Club Carib, which opened its own building in 1993, Malvern Methodist Church and the Urban Financial Services Coalition 360 degree Mastermind program that supports young leaders in the financial industry.
“Scotia has provided me with the opportunity to help individuals and groups in my community and that’s something I am eternally grateful for,” said Gloudon. “They have always been there without hesitation.”
Canada was not on Gloudon’s radar when she left Trinidad & Tobago in 1969 to join her mother in Baltimore. After pursuing fashion and design studies in New York for about 18 months, Gloudon failed to secure employment in that field on her return to Baltimore.
Marrying a Trinidadian who had a Canadian visa, the couple headed north in 1973.
“To be honest, I didn’t like Baltimore because I found it unwelcoming,” she said.
Gloudon’s mother, Angela Yearwood, who turned 96 last Monday, still resides in Baltimore and her three children are enjoying successful careers.
Sons Dean and Rodney are in the information technology and transportation business, respectively, while daughter Allison Gloudon is following her mother’s footsteps.
Graduating from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management 14 years ago with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, she joined Scotiabank in 2005 as an associate director of structured credit products. She spent five years in the United States as Scotia Capital’s director of structured credit products before heading to England three years ago to become director of the bank’s credit capital markets.