“I find it challenging, but a good experience, to be out of my trade and learning something new,” says Master Corporal Vicky Fortin about working as a Financial Services Administrator (FSA) despite being a trained Human Resources Administrator (HRA). “Down the road, it will be helpful to have knowledge in both trades.”
Master Corporal Fortin is posted to 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia’s 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron (MH Sqn), located in Patricia Bay, British Columbia, just north of Victoria. As an FSA, she handles unit claims, temporary duty (TD) bookings, office bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable support, and budget management services.
Since arriving at the Squadron in July 2019, Master Corporal Fortin has learned how to do her new job quickly and is mentoring a Private in the section. She sees similarities between him and when she was a Private, and wants to be the best example she can be. “Being a good leader is so important to me,” she says, “because I know I have a direct influence on him.”
She says she enjoys her work at 443 Squadron, which is a high-tempo unit. Due to its location—across the country from the rest of 12 Wing—the Squadron processes the highest number of TD claims at the wing for pilot and technician training. “We need to be very switched–on, and the team needs to be ready at all times,” Master Corporal Fortin says. “Our job is to get people out the door no matter what.”
Before joining the Canadian…