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Friday, April 11, 2014

Amazing Mom: Karen Clark, The Vital Link

What would you do if your child was choking? Unconscious? Would you know what to do? Being able to address and react appropriately in an emergency situation is a valuable skill to have. It can also save someone's life. Today's Amazing Mom has been teaching First Aid & CPR, among other courses for more than twenty years. With a background in Early Childhood Education, she knew she loved to teach, and starting her own business allowed her to raise her two children while bringing in a necessary income. Fast forward two decades and Karen Clark has touched the lives of countless people with the skills she teaches. With her company, Vital Link, she provides courses for individuals and those in professions where knowing First Aid is necessary so they will be competent when faced with an emergency. I hope this post encourages you to consider training in First Aid & CPR; you never know when you might need it- here's an Amazing Mom you'll be glad to meet.  
Our Amazing Mom, Karen Clark

What kind of products and/ or services do you offer?
The Vital Link is a training partner with The Red Cross and teaches all Red Cross and CPR courses.  These courses are available to a group of 10 or more.  Private groups can set their own dates and times for training.  We also offer courses at different locations in the community for individuals and can customize courses to meet your needs at your home or workplace. 

What is the price point?
Courses range from $90.00 for a full day Emergency Child Care First Aid course to $155.00 for a 2 day Standard First Aid course.

How long have you been operating and how did you start?
The Vital Link has been operating for 22 years this month.  I was working part time as I had 2 small children and was teaching classes when called on for The Red Cross.  I love to teach.  I really wanted to spend more time with my children but needed income so decided to start the company and become an authorized provider of the Red Cross; finding my own contracts.

Learning life- saving skills
How did you decide what to do?
My background is in Early Childhood Education so I started by calling the Child Care Resource and Referral agencies in the lower mainland. Once I was teaching it really was word of mouth that brought new clients.  I set up the website and now have facebook also. 

Wrapping a wound

What is your favourite part of what you do? What is the biggest challenge?
My favourite part of what I do is meeting the people and sharing their experiences. The Vital Link’s mission is to train and educate people to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them.
The biggest challenge that I have experienced is trying to meet the needs of clients that are outside the Lower Mainland  (time and travel).

Any advice to other ladies/ moms looking to start their own business?
I think you need to research your area and other companies doing the same thing.  It is important to draw up a business plan and have lots of support.  Believe in yourself!

For more information on the services Karen offers, check out the Vital Link website & Facebook page.
You can also contact her directly via email: karen@vital-link.ca or by phone at 604 644 4709.

If you have been considering taking a course in First Aid or CPR, here's a little kick of motivation, courtesy of Karen: for the next month TPB readers will have the chance to win $25 towards one of the courses Karen offers through The Vital Link. For more details & to enter, go to our Contests Page.

I want to thank Karen for agreeing to being featured. I know several ladies, including myself, who have taken courses with her, and her approach & knowledge is appreciated by those she teaches. 

Image Source: http://www.mamabzz.com/2011/02/an-exchange-of-words.html/hands-with-heart-and-bandaid 
Logo & photos courtesy of Karen Clark, The Vital Link

April posts sponsored by Gary Gallant Travel