Interview with an Experienced Optician: Linda Villiard
Linda Villiard is an Optician at IRIS Boucherville and a Manager/Optician at IRIS Varennes in Quebec.
Tell us about your studies and your career: What was your journey like?
I graduated 35 years ago already. My journey was quick. I attended college directly after completing high school. I was done in 3 years and became a young graduate at only 19 years old!
What motivated you to study in this field?
What attracted me to this profession was the partnership aspect. Then the health component and, of course, the fashion component! For the past 16 years, I’ve been working at IRIS, and it is an absolute delight that I have also been a shareholder for the past 8! What I love the most about the IRIS family are the 3 main values: Passion, Honesty, and Respect. Values that resonate with me!
What are your favourite hobbies?
I’m a very active person. I love working out in a gym at least three times a week, especially with my two coaches, who help me surpass myself and keep me fit.
If your coworkers had to describe you in three words, what would they be?
My colleagues would probably say that I’m energetic, passionate and unifying.
Have your clients or coworkers given you a nickname?
I don’t have a nickname, but it’s very important that my name be pronounced correctly. And my coworkers know that!
What do you like the most about your job?
I love my job even after all these years. I love having direct contact with clients, listening to them and advising them well so they can see properly and have a nice look! I want to exceed their expectations. I naturally love glasses. I have a pair for each day!
What else can you tell us about yourself?
I am the mother of 3 beautiful young adults. I am proud of them because they are bright kids, respectful and wonderful. I am also a grandmother to a little girl and soon a little boy! My family is important.