What does your role at Jasmine involve?
I am responsible for all the day-to-day operations of this nonprofit organisation, which include overseeing fundraising, public education, clinical planning, and working with patients and their families. Basically ensuring that all programmes that Jasmine offers are run as smoothly as possible!
What about Jasmine makes you most proud?
There is so much to be proud of that it is hard to choose one thing. I have the opportunity to work with an amazing team of highly trained and motivated nurses and caregivers. I am also blessed to have a great administrative team and an amazing group of volunteers on our Board of Directors. I am also proud of the Cayman community, especially for the overwhelming financial and volunteer support that we continuously receive. The new state-of-the-art Jasmine Villa is a testament to the community’s dedication to our cause. It is truly humbling to see the way the Cayman community pays it forward, allowing our services to remain free of charge to everyone.
What has your biggest career challenge been?
I would have to say my biggest career challenge was learning to listen. My passion often drives me to go, go, go, but learning how to listen has helped me to connect to the passion of other pioneers in hospice care, to colleagues who are also on the frontline of delivering care and, most importantly, to patients and their families.
Who has inspired you and why?
I have grown up surrounded by intelligent, strong-willed ladies who continuously strive to be the best at whatever task they take on and never give up. I am inspired by my grandmother (Martha McField) and mother (Beulah McField) for their hard work founding Meals on Wheels and Rehoboth Ministries. My sister, (Chief Civil Service Officer) Gloria McField-Nixon, who excels in her field, has always made me proud to be her sister. They have all reached for the stars and inspire me to do the same.
How do you juggle working full-time with raising your children?
Juggling kids and work has been an ongoing task, from being a teenage mom in Nursing School to my current role. I am blessed to work in an environment that values family time and allows me the flexibility to be available to my kids when possible. That being said, I don’t do it alone; my husband, nanny and family all pitch in as needed to allow me to do my day job while ensuring my kids aren’t neglected. It is my village (family and friends) that allows me to succeed.
What advice can you offer parents on achieving a work/life balance?
It is great to work hard and reach for your goals, but give the very best of you to your family whenever you are home (no matter how long of a day you had). Spend time with your kids, playing with them, teaching them and loving them. Our families should always come first.
What are the most important lessons you’d like your children to learn?
I would like to teach my kids to love God and love others as they love themselves, treating people with humility, gentleness and patience. And also to never say never and never give up.
How can people help with the important work Jasmine does?
Donating is the number one way to support Jasmine. No amount is too small. Volunteering is another great way to help. For fundraising or volunteering enquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.