Wheelhouse Why: Member Interview with Janet Thompson-Price
The Wheelhouse has established itself as a coworking space, a force of positivity, and a space where professionals can find the supportive, flexible, and creative environment that they need to thrive. After a successful first year of building an encouraging space for our new members, The Wheelhouse team is tackling a new question: who are we, and where do we go from here? How else can we support our members on their journey to create a positive impact, and how can we make a difference ourselves? It’s a big question, but we’re starting small by simply asking what we mean to our community. How do they want to make an impact, and how can we be a part of that positive change? We hope that this interviews series will initiate new goals and inspire us to have a positive impact in ways we hadn’t thought of before.
Meet Janet Thompson-Price: immigration lawyer, co-founder of Atlantic Fusion Law Group, and New Brunswick’s biggest fan! Janet is passionate about welcoming newcomers to our province, creating a warm welcoming environment through her work, and through volunteering to make sure female newcomers feel welcomed and supported. She approaches her work as an immigration lawyer with kindness and motivation, making a daunting process an exciting one.
What does the word impact mean to you and how do you hope to have an impact through your work and actions?
“I hope I have a real impact on the clients I have served and the people I have met in the newcomer community. I try to give people very personalized service as I understand how stressful the immigration process can be. There is no better feeling professionally then when a client and their family gets to stay in Canada.”
Why was The Wheelhouse an appealing option for you, personally and professionally?
“My partner works in our office in Charlottetown and I have virtual office staff. This means that my physical office is very quiet. While my office isn’t technically in the coworking space, I really like that I can go downstairs from time to time to be with other professionals and enjoy some of the social events organized at the Wheelhouse.”
How is being a tenant in a coworking space different than other office environments?
“I think I have the best of both worlds. I have a beautiful office on the third floor in a historic building which gives me the privacy I need but then I can always go downstairs and be with other professionals when I need to have a little conversation. I also like the ability of helping each other out professionally.”
Can you describe what The Wheelhouse means to you in a few short sentences?
“I am really happy I moved into the Wheelhouse. While I have a separate business, I still feel part of an office community.”