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Alexandra Ross recognized with National Presidents Award

Upon becoming just the second individual to ever receive a Special Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), Pemberton resident Alexandra Ross was left speechless.

“In both languages,” laughed Ross, whose native tongue is German. “Someone pointed that out, actually, in the audience… but I was nevertheless able to pull off a thank-you speech.”

Ross was recognized for her work in the industry with the award during the POC National Conference that took place in Toronto at the beginning of November. Her business, the Organizing Wizard, has become a leader in helping entrepreneurs and individuals find efficiency in their businesses and day-to-day lives by de-cluttering.

During the POC’s 10-year history only one other Special Award has been presented, that one being handed out in 2008. Special Awards are for individuals who have “made an outstanding contribution to the POC or the organizing industry,” and are presented at the discretion of the association president and board, according to the POC website.

“I was quite humbled to receive that award since it’s only the second time it’s been given out in the history of the association,” said Ross. “To be recognized by your peers is a great thing. I’m really grateful for it.”

Ross, who is a director at large on the POC board, said she was totally shocked by the honour.

“I don’t know how they (the board) kept that secret from me,” she laughed. “It’s almost impossible to keep anything from me, but they really managed to do so.”

Ross said that in her director-at-large role within the POC, she has acted as a mentor to less experienced professionals in the industry and implemented a training program for organizers, all of which likely factored into the board’s decision to honour her.

In a recent POC newsletter, association president Kristie Demke lauded Ross further in her recap of the national conference.

“One of my favourite parts of the conference was having the honour of presenting the Special Award to Alexandra Ross,” wrote Demke. “(Ross) played a key role in the implementation of the Trained Professional Organizer program. Alex can always be counted on to take any task, no matter how difficult or complicated, and see it through to completion.”

Ross currently lives only part-time in Pemberton but her activities in the community over the past few years have been significant. Also working as a consultant through her other business, Streamlined Vision, Ross was the economic development consultant for Pemberton and Area C of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, as well serving on the board of directors of the Pemberton and District Chamber of Commerce.

Ross described her line of work in organizing as a “young profession” and said she hopes that her award is inspiring to others starting out in the business.

“The profession now is becoming more recognized because people know what you’re talking about when you say ‘I’m a professional organizer,’” said Ross.

“That award was a team effort,” she continued. “It’s not one person who makes it happen. There’s always a good team of people that supports you and helps you to achieve your vision.”

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