Rhonda Dobroski, Accounts Payable Supervisor for Alberici’s Canadian division, is celebrating her 40th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, she shared some of her experiences with Alberici.
Describe the path that brought you to your current role.
I started at Robertson-Yates Corporation Ltd. (RYCO) in 1978 when I replied to an ad in the Hamilton Spectator for a receptionist with a “nice telephone voice who could type 50 wpm” on an electric typewriter (Yes, typewriter! No PC’s back in those days!). When RYCO and Alberici joined forces, I was given the opportunity to join the Financial Services Group (FSG). I have enjoyed various roles within the Finance Department including Biller, Accounts Receivable & Accounts Payable Specialist, Corporate Accountant, and finally my current position as Accounts Payable Supervisor.
What do you enjoy most about your current role?
Besides getting to work alongside the best people in the industry, I enjoy the variety of duties associated with my role, and the fact that no two days are ever the same! I appreciate working in a fast-paced, challenging environment where I am encouraged to use my problem solving and critical thinking skills. I also enjoy the interaction and good working relationships that I have forged with “my” subcontractors and suppliers. Most of all, I enjoy the personal satisfaction I get from helping and supporting others.
What do you like most about working at Alberici?
The people I work with, first and foremost – it’s like having a second family! There is a special feeling of inclusiveness and team spirit as we all work towards a common goal. I have been blessed with new friendships that I treasure – sharing the good times, the bad times and many, many laughs. I enjoy all aspects of my job including the special projects I am assigned from time to time. And, knowing the leadership at Alberici is committed to providing a safe work environment and is genuinely concerned and compassionate about our health and well-being, is a huge plus in my book!
What are you most proud of in your time at Alberici and why?
I am very proud to say that I have been part of this Company for the past 40 years! I am proud of my contribution to the (awesome!) FSG in the areas of support and service, and for processes and procedures I’ve helped to create. I also take pride in the role I play as a member of our fundraising committee to help raise money for various charities. Above all else, I am proud to be a part of the Alberici team and gratified to work with such amazing people!
What piece of advice would you give to someone just starting in the construction industry?
The best piece of advice I could possibly give is summed up in a speech delivered by President Barack Obama:
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it…asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something and then allows you to learn something new.”
So, don’t hesitate to approach more experienced colleagues and co-workers. These “veterans” are a great source of information and knowledge – be receptive to their expertise and advice! Never become complacent, keep challenging yourself! Become the team player who sets the bar for integrity, resourcefulness, flexibility, respect and responsibility. And finally, keep safety in the forefront of your mind so that you, and everyone around you, gets to go home every day, safe in body and spirit.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your time at Alberici?
It’s been a great ride!
Rhonda (L) and coworkers on a site visit to the Castle at Canada’s Wonderland constructed by RYCO (1979)