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Profile #4: Anick Oriol, Disability Case Consultant at Medavie Blue Cross

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Meet Anick Oriol, Disability Case Consultant at Medavie Blue Cross. She is sharing her story here as part of our month-long International Women’s Day tribute to those who inspire us at Medavie. 

Describe your role at Medavie?
As a Disability Case Consultant, my role is to assess claimant disability claims by reviewing the medical information provided. My main goal is helping people have a healthy and successful return to work. To help me do that, Medavie provides me a wide set of tools to provide the financial support and the required treatment services to our claimants.

What is the most gratifying part of your role?
Nothing beats a heartfelt thank you from a claimant who you helped get back on their feet.

Who is the female role model that inspires your achievements?
Definitely my mother. She came to Canada at the age of 19. She worked hard, got an education, and rose through the ranks to eventually reach a manager level. She always told me that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

What qualities does it take to succeed?
Determination. A strong sense of self-confidence and discipline. People often think they need motivation but it’s truly discipline that gets you to do the things you don’t always feel motivated to do. 

What career advice would you give to younger women?
Apply for that job! Don’t let other people’s opinion of your abilities taint your drive to reach your goals. If you don’t get the position, chances are, you left a great impression. If it’s not a win, it’s a lesson. Never give up.

How do you achieve a work-life balance?  
I always make sure to dedicate a certain block of time for a pleasant activity sometime during the week. If it’s already planned for, it’s harder to give yourself excuses not to take the time. 

The global theme of IWD 2022 is “Break the Bias.” Have you encountered bias in your career?
I have unfortunately encountered bias in my career before I was at Medavie. The client did not wish to speak with a woman. Fortunately, a manager at the time explained that nobody else had the qualifications and that he would have to deal with me or find another location that could assess his request.

Tell us one fun fact about you?
I can’t listen to good music when I work, because I always end up having to get up and dance. 

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