Theresa Scales, manager at The Source in Port Alberni, has won a prestigious award from her company’s head office. It is the first time a manager from Port Alberni has been named to the Leaders Club.
“I was one of 54 managers across the country and one of three women,” Scales said, adding that the award is a direct reflection on how successful the Port Alberni store has been in the past year.
She received her award at a gala event in Toronto, which drew more than 1,000 employees from across Canada, including every Source manager.
“This is my first Leaders Club win,” Scales said. She also won a diamond ring and a trip to Jamaica with her husband as part of her award.
Scales has been with The Source for five years, the past three serving as manager. She began as a part-time Christmas employee in November 2006. She had previously worked for Rogers in the Alberni Mall, and The Source hired her because of that experience, she said.
“I didn’t think it was going to turn into anything huge,” she said.
Scales, 32, is married and has a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. Life is a juggle between her son, her husband’s seasonal job and her own work. But she appreciates the career she is building with The Source, she said.
Scales was promoted to assistant manager in June 2007 and manager in June 2008.
Eventually, Scales would like to take on a district manager’s role for The Source, but she says she is content to keep pursuing successes in Port Alberni—for now.
Earning a Leader’s Club award puts her foot in the door, she said.
wWhile Scales has won manager of the month awards quite often (she has 16 of them), she is quick to share the praise for her Source colleagues.
“I’ve got a good team, which really helps,” she said. “I wouldn’t be in the Leaders Club if it weren’t for my team too.”
Three of Scales’ former employees now manage stores of their own on Vancouver Island.
“Three of my own now have stores of their own. When I hear that I get proud,” she said.