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Danielle Exclusive , Maison Ethier Special : A Conversation with Danielle Robinson, President of the Ottawa Senators Foundation

May 15th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
Danielle Exclusive , Maison Ethier Special : A Conversation with Danielle Robinson, President of the Ottawa Senators Foundation
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 Danielle Magazine Exclusive May 15th , 2018 6:40 PM EDT

A Conversation with Danielle Robinson, President of the Ottawa Senators Foundation



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Danielle RobinsonJust recently, I had the chance to meet Danielle Robinson, president of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. Danielle has worked with the Ottawa Senators Foundation for the past nine years of her career. She arrived with a passion for charity and giving forward, but with almost no knowledge of the sport of hockey! Through the support of her work community, she has been able to help connect the Ottawa community, crowds and causes to one another for massive impact. In this discussion, we learn how she counters adversity in what is an emotionally challenging field of work.

Danielle, as president of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, you must carry a certain amount of responsibility for both the operational pressures of the foundation, and the deep emotional challenges of the foundation’s work. What are some of the resources or strategies you draw upon in order to pass through the needle of adversity and be flexible to change?

I think the first thing I need to acknowledge is that I have an incredible team here at the Ottawa Senators Foundation. We really do collaborate well together. I also feel tremendously supported by the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and my Board of Directors. Knowing that I have that kind of support and am empowered within my role really helps.

But further to that, on a more personal level – you are right, it is a fairly large role, it is a public role, and one I feel of great responsibility, but also of great privilege. That is something I try to keep in mind every day.

I spoke a little bit the other day, here at the club with the Women’s Business Network, about trying to start my morning with meditation. Before my feet really hit the ground I take the time to read a reflection of the day. I then sit and think about that and then try to set my intentions for the day. I also write in my gratitude journal about three things I’m grateful for in my life. I do those things every morning and then about three to four mornings a week I try to get out and exercise as well.

I haven’t always been like this in my career with the Senators. I’ve been here for nine seasons now and it certainly has been a journey of learning. It really only has been in the last two or three years that I feel like I’ve come into my own and am adopting a more balanced life.

In staying on top of your game, how do you manage the stress when facing obstacles in your role as CEO of the Ottawa Senators Foundation?

I’ve not always been very good at this. I feel like this is something I’ve really come into my own in the last three years. When things get stressful and I’m faced with obstacles, I generally have an emotional reaction, and sometimes not always a positive one. I’ve learned to slow down, take a breath, and just pause before reacting.

It’s about being intentional towards ‘how I want to feel about the situation?’ and asking myself ‘where is feeling negativity going to get me?’ I have learned that feeling that way is not going to provide me with any solutions or allow me to move forward quickly. When I start to get into a negative space because of stress, I just pause, acknowledge it, and then take some time to change my head-space. I generally dive into a quick meditation app on my phone and then come back to the situation once I’m in a better frame of mind.

Find the apps mentioned by Danielle’s at Simply Being, Take a Break, and Relax and Rest



To read the full interview visit us over at Sister Leadership, an online magazine for women leaders who set the example for authenticity and spirit.

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camilleheadshotCamille Boivin transitioned from 30 years of corporate sales and marketing experience to one with more entrepreneurial spirit. In 2009/2010, she reached top sales recognition by achieving 49% growth in multi-million dollar advertising buys at our national #1 daily newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen. As she creates a space to be more curious about life, she is coaching extraordinary women leaders in entrepreneurship, mid-management and senior executive positions.

Ms. Boivin is a graduate of the Royal Roads Executive coach training program and possess 30 years of experience in the corporate sales and marketing. She is a certified practitioner of EQ 2.0 and DISC. As a master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, she facilitates workshops on how to better communicate with others as well as to seek clarity for what we want in life. She is a trained facilitator of DISC, Legacy Leadership and Coaching Out-of-the-Box. Ms. Boivin’s top five values are: courage, empathy, confidence, community and wellness. What she brings to the co-creation coaching process is a very safe space to dive into bigger issues both personally and professionally, starting with business challenges and, when the client is ready, moving away from strategies into our belief system. Purpose fuels her courage as she has transitioned, as many do, from a fiery point of disease to one of extraordinary health. She has been through the eye of the needle and returned with more energy and resilience than ever before.



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