Neighbourhood Dominion Lending Centres
Sharon VanderDuim has been in financial services for more than 30 years, which makes her a veritable pioneer as a woman in the industry. “I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s and got suspended from school for wearing pants,” she says. Her sense of humour has carried her across a long career that she began as one of the first female bank managers in her neighbourhood. “I was very young at the time, 27 in fact, and it was a male-dominated industry then,” she says. She credits positive encouragement from her colleagues for enabling her to move into an order-taking position, and from there to a sales role.
Today, as founder of the eponymous VanderDuim Mortgage Team at Neighbourhood Dominion Lending Centres, her passion is building a great business with selfless, committed and (most important) like-minded people. “I’m sincerely committed to going the extra mile to save our fellow community members and neighbours money, and my team is too,” she says. She holds firm to the belief that adapting to change and embracing new ways of doing business, combined with a solid knowledge base, can create success not only for her, but also for the next generation of brokers.