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Craig Clifford, Gitta Kulczyki, Emmet Lecompte, Kevin McCabe, Elaine Roswell, Janet Smith, Chris Thompson, Brandon Watson, Carolyn Young

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Gitta’s message: Her top ten list

From fishing poles to fast cars, Gitta Kulczyki, Vice President of Resources and Operations, ruminates on a few of her favourite things.

1. My favourite music is by Andrea Bocelli for his voice and his story. To overcome his physical disability (he is blind), he exemplifies courage and strength. As a child, he loved music and his singing made him a local celebrity. His parents were anxious about his prospects, and to placate them, he went to law school. He graduated from law, and even practiced for a short time, but his passion for music prevailed. He left the law practice to study music under his musical "hero," and we know the rest of the story. He followed his passion and is very successful.

2. My favourite book is The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. In fact, I have every book he has written, but this is likely my favourite. It is a very easy read, with some powerful messages for leaders that I happen to agree with. The five temptations to avoid in leadership: choosing status over results; choosing popularity over accountability; choosing certainty over clarity; choosing harmony over productive conflict; and choosing invulnerability over trust. The lessons in the story make perfect sense to me, and in my own leadership path, I try to follow them.

3. When it comes to food, I love lobster, but not just any lobster. Here are the specifications: whole spring season lobster from either Shediac Bay or the Bay of Fundy, and served ice cold with lemon. No butter, 'cause you can eat WAY more lobster without butter! The spring season meat is the best because it's firm and sweet, and there's not a lot of water under the shells when you open them. I'm afraid my 6 years of living in New Brunswick has made me very spoiled when it comes to seafood!
4. My favourite people are those who are interested in and passionate about what they do. People who care about other people and things around them, inside and outside of work. People with integrity. People who will do the right thing, even when it is very difficult to do the right thing. There are many people like this at Western and elsewhere. Hence, I like a lot of people.

5. Choosing my favourite place is a challenge. Ultimately, anywhere in nature by the water in spring, summer or fall, either with a book or a fishing pole in my hands sounds pretty darn fine!

6. My favourite place in London is Fanshawe Park, especially down by the dam... fishing of course!

7. Anywhere there are students, is my favourite place on campus. You can feel the energy! I like to walk outside by the UCC, especially during the early part of the academic year, and you can FEEL the excitement and energy and exuberance from the students around you. It always gives me a "shot in the arm."

8. Gardening is my favourite way to relax. I could garden from dawn till dusk if I had that luxury, and occasionally, I do. My exuberance for gardening causes an annual "creep" in my yard: much less lawn and much more flower and vegetable gardens. My last home had no front lawn left by the time we moved, and I'm slowly but surely working on it here in London.

9. My favourite movie is "The American President" with Michael Douglas and Michael J. Fox. What a great story! The American president (Douglas) wants something so badly he is prepared to barter almost anything to get it. His partner (Annette Bening) calls him on it, and he realizes he has sacrificed his principles and possibly lost her. In the end, he shows his leadership and does the right thing. Great romance too, of course!

10. I love fast black cars. In my twenties, I went to a car dealership to place an order for my vehicle, something quite sensible in keeping with the "accountant's image." I saw a black 5-speed turbo Capri sitting in the showroom, and I bought it on the spot. I couldn't even drive a 5-speed at the time, but I learned quickly enough on the streets of Toronto! My husband declared I had broken my accountant's mold. Right now I drive a little black BMW. It's pretty fast, especially on country roads!

What is your top ten list of favourite things? If you or someone in your department would like to share your top ten list with your R&O colleagues, e-mail

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Comments on “Gitta’s message: Her top ten list”


  1. What a great job Kelvin did!

    Comment by carolyn young — May 22, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

  2. The American President is such a great movie….it led me to watch The West Wing which is the best TV show around.

    Comment by Gerry LaHay — May 22, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

  3. fishing eh !
    i wonder if you have a ” the one that got away ” story, and, how big was it ?

    oh, and this is an excellent publication !

    Comment by Mike DeJager — May 27, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  4. Gitta and the ROC Team,

    A very impressive Web publication. Louise and Kelly - great design! It’s always nice to learn about what makes people tick away from work. Gitta - enjoyed your top ten list.

    Congrats to everyone involved!

    Comment by Terry Rice — May 27, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  5. Excelant way to stay in touch. SUPERRRR Lots in common.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 27, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

  6. Excellant way to stay in touch. Superrr

    Comment by Anonymous — May 27, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

  7. Hi Gitta,

    It was nice meeting you at the Loblaw’s plant nursery over the weekend - I like gardening as well and I hope our growing season will be good this year.

    Comment by Paul Gray — May 28, 2008 @ 8:29 am

  8. My garden suffers from the same fate every spring.

    Comment by Mike Lahey — May 28, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  9. Congratulations to the ROC team- job well done. Great information, great looking format and easy to use. The ROC team really rocks!!!!!!

    Comment by Susan Grindrod — May 28, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  10. WOW - nicely done everyone!! Gitta, enjoyed your top 10 list. I look forward to the next publication. What a great venue to share information.

    Comment by Chris Stewart — May 28, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  11. Great initiative to foster internal communication, Gitta and Team. ROC-REPORT rocks, and provides inspiration for other units on campus to share news and information important to their local teams and those who work with them. Kudos, too, for all those enviro initiatives to help green the campus.

    Comment by Malcolm Ruddock — May 28, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

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