Class of 2021
Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Ana Oliveira is self-employed and spends time volunteering her time in the community.
She recently chatted with YMM about taking risks, what she’s most proud of, and what people are surprised to learn about her.
YMM: What three words best describe you?
AO: I think the 3 best words that better describe me are: Love – I put my heart in everything I do first. Adventure – I feed my inner child through adventures. Student – I’m always always learning.
YMM: What are you best at?
AO: I’m definitely best at being a mom to my two kids Miguel (11) and Nina (7).
YMM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
AO: As an immigrant I’m very proud that I was resilient enough to keep pushing myself to adapt to a new country, a new culture, away from my family and friends, away from everything that was familiar and comforting that I worked hard, stayed humbled and open minded to keep learning and succeed and that today I’m also proud to call YMM home.
YMM: What is the most rewarding part of your career?
AO: I’ve been working as an educator for over a decade now. From when I started at The Hub Family Resource Centre until now, the most rewarding part of my career is witnessing kids’ growth and development. I also get to see the world through the eyes of a child which allows me to keep my curiosity alive and my heart light.
YMM: Who is your hero?
AO: I would say I have two heroes. They are my parents. My mom introduced me to yoga at the age of seven . She also showed me how much nature is such a vital part of who we are. From herbs to holistic practices I learned a lot from her. And my dad he was the one who inspired me to go to see the world, the importance of culture, diversity, and he planted in me this urge to keep learning, expanding and serving.
YMM: What is something people are always surprised to learn about you?
AO: People always get surprised when I tell them I met my husband David when we were both working for Carnival Cruise Lines.
YMM: What would you say to your 10 year old self?
AO: I would say that I should stop skipping early morning English classes because one day will come very handy, and also to jump more waves and don’t take the ocean for granted.