Patterns in a life
After a challenging childhood in England in the war and post war years, Pat Hayles went on to live an exciting, international life. She emigrated to Canada where she created new agencies helping depressed and suicidal individuals, and working with disadvantaged people in developing countries, before joining the Consumers’ Association of Canada as the Director of Association Affairs. After founding her own consulting company, she rose to become a respected and sought after consultant pioneering new programs for companies interested in rebuilding relationships with consumers, and communities at risk. This work took her to more than twenty different countries around the world. Her book describes the founding of the National Round Table on Environment and the Economy, her work as the first Chair of Canada’s Environmental Choice Program, and her work as a faculty member teaching Sustainable Development, in the UK, Canada and Europe. Her work for government and private sector companies introduced her to some of the most prominent and interesting business and civic leaders of the past fifty years. Today she looks back on a successful career from the Belizean resort she created with her husband and stepson. This book is her reflection on an extraordinary life through the kaleidoscopic patterns she has witnessed in her experiences. It is a story of perseverance, success, and integrity, and is equal parts inspiring and heartwarming.
Pat Hayles is a retired consultant after a career specializing in consumer advocacy, community development and environmental stewardship. She has worked for and headed several agencies, participated as a board member on several boards of directors, and was the founder of the PDA consulting company. She is the mother of three daughters, and has eight grandchildren. Since her retirement, she has spent her time at the family’s resort and spa in Belize, and homes in Toronto, the Ottawa Valley, and Florida.
- Pat Hayles