CPAWSB recently presented Lynne Onofreychuk, CPA, CGA, with the KBH Facilitator Award, which recognizes facilitators or session leaders who have had a notable and positive impact on their candidates and approach their role with a dedication to excellence.
In this series, we ask our award winners five questions about the CPA program.
What is your favourite thing about being a facilitator in the CPA program?
My favourite thing is being able to be part of the candidates’ development as they grow and become stronger in both their technical understanding and in their enabling competencies. I typically facilitate Core 1, so I get to see a lot of growth in the Candidate’s approach to case writing. There’s nothing I like more than seeing a Candidate using the feedback provided to become stronger and stronger, week after week!
What do you wish learners would do more (or less) of?
I wish more Candidates recognized that the weekly assignments are a means of helping them prepare for the exam and not just see them as something they must get through to be able to concentrate on their exam studies. Putting in the time and effort into completing their weekly assignments and doing a complete debrief will put them well ahead when it comes to studying for the module exams.
What surprises you about the CPA program?
The connections that I have been able to make with both the candidates and my fellow contractors. I always look forward to the start of a new module so that I can meet my assigned candidates and get to know them better. I’ve made great friendships through working with my fellow contractors and look forward to a time when we can get together and see each other in person again!
What advice would you offer someone starting the CPA program?
I would recommend that they maintain a growth mindset when they approach their weekly assignments. Remembering that it’s all about getting better rather than being perfect from the onset. Putting the recommended effort in the weekly debriefs will not only allow them to see where they need to make improvements but should also help them see how much they’ve already improved!
Why did you become a CPA?
I had always enjoyed and excelled in my accounting classes and decided that it was something that I wanted to pursue further. It was a great fit because it allowed me to continue working while studying, I was able to develop my career as I worked on my education.
CPAWSB is proud to have Lynne Onofreychuk as part of its team. Congratulations, Lynne!