April 7th, 2017. Mike Ocampo, our dental technician, just celebrated his 7th year at the clinic. I decide to have a candid conversation with him about his work and in his life story. It turns out that this Filipino native has a lot to offer in terms of life experience and knowledge. His answers are particularly refreshing, and his outlook on life is inspiring. Here is a short review of what I found out during my one-on-one with Mike.
Nine years ago, the Ocampo family came to Canada in search of a brighter future. As you can imagine, leaving the Philippines was not an easy decision, but armed with courage and determination, they moved to Calgary with their four-year-old son.
This four-year old boy is no longer a preschooler. Paul is now a healthy and smart grade 7 student, who enjoys playing basketball with his father. Basketball is a big part of the Ocampo family. For the past 4 years, Mike has been part of a men’s team that competes in local championship tournaments. When they aren’t busy with soccer and basketball, the family often leaves the city to enjoy the scenery in Banff. Family time is very important to both Mike and his wife. Despite leaving Manila almost a decade ago, they insist on passing on their traditional cultural and family values to their son. Paul speaks English and Tagalog fluently.
Mike‘s career has always been linked to the dental industry. I asked him if he could give me a tour of his work environment and he kindly obliged. While showing me around, you could sense Mike’s enthusiasm. It was heart-warming feeling to share in the joy of his work passion. The in-house lab is a small space, but you could tell how proud and comfortable he felt in this environment. I was slightly intimated by the sophisticated equipment, but he quickly put me at ease. He explained the importance of each instrument and how they contribute to an ideal smile.
Nearing the end of our visit, I asked Mike what he values the most in life. He revealed that honesty and integrity form part of his core values. This probably explains why he is a great fit in the Signature 28 family. Even though our team members have very different personalities, we share a similar appreciation for great ethics and hard work. Mike‘s calm presence and his wealth of knowledge bring in the right energy for our team to stay focused and inspired.
Mike, Happy 7th Anniversary! We are thankful for all your contributions and we hope that you will be with us for many more years…