Overview of Company
Sarah McNeill and Cheryl Nakamoto started McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group, a full service temporary and permanent staffing company, in 1996. We jointly run the company, provide strategic planning, mentorship and business network to our team.
Now that we both have school aged children, and participate actively in their lives, we both each work 25 to 30 hours a week. It used to over 50 hours! Somehow we have also found time to be on local community boards. Sarah is a director of the Vancouver Opera board and on the honorary board of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. Cheryl is on the board of Dress for Success.
We are a mom friendly operation – 60 % of our team are mothers! We have created an excellent work environment where mothers can achieve business success.
Sarah has been married to her husband Cameron McNeill, owner of MAC Real Estate Solutions and MPC Intelligence, for over 14 years. We have two children, ages 6 and 8. We have a fantastic care giver who keeps the house in order and picks up the children twice a week from school. Cameron takes our eldest to school most days and Sarah juggles our youngest’s morning activities until school begins at 12:30. Many a morning is spent at the Arbutus Club in the Billie Mitchell room working while classes are in session! Sarah is often found on line after 9pm. Sarah and Cameron try as best as possible to plan out meals each week. Sarah’s mother comes in at least once a week to support.
Cheryl has been married to her husband Ed Klarich for 15 years. Ed is an Area Manager, Vancouver Entrepreneurship Centre, at the Business Development Bank. We have two children, ages 7 and 10. Now that our children are in full time school we have a part time caregiver. Cheryl shares the school drop offs and pick ups with other mothers. Cheryl and Ed try to plan out meals but have a real affinity to healthy takeout!
Organizations or Individuals of Influence
Both Sarah and Cheryl are in unique situation whereby they have participated in their husband’s career in a mentorship capacity as much as their husbands have been in theirs. Sarah and Cheryl have both benefitted from their nine year membership in the Entrepreneur’s Organization
Get to know other mothers from school and get into your mix of contacts both working parents and stay at home parents. They can be life savers!
Sarah and Cheryl have been most successful in planning lunches with other women entrepreneurs (working mummy power lunches!). We’ve found innumerable ways to support each other and sharing of ideas on how to juggle the mommy/business balance.
Advice on Balance
Do work that gives you a sense of fulfillment.
Take time to Breathe. Do Yoga. Walk.
Be present for your children. Stop, Look and Listen. They are only little once.
Schedule time for you and your kids; take time for yourself and also with your spouse.
Time can slip away and overwhelm you with competing priorities.
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