This is a special feature, mostly because it reinforces the fact that no matter what one says or does, at the core, every living person cares…
Kim Shiffman is the Managing Editor at Today’s Parent, a magazine for Canadian parents. She interviewed me for an internship a few weeks ago, and even though it went well, I didn’t get it. But what I did get was an opportunity to talk to her as she agreed wholeheartedly to be a part of Five Questions.
“Kim’s aptitude for organization, efficient use of her time, and ‘let’s get on with it!’ mindset are a great fit. And she’s a genuinely nice person who’s easy to work with, which made her a pleasure to have as a colleague,” said one of her former colleagues at an online forum. And as we exchanged emails back and forth (wherein she sometimes said: “Haven’t forgotten about this, am just so busy. Will send soon”), I couldn’t shake the thought that she, indeed and genuinely, is a nice person.
Q1. A story that you worked on, one that was inspired by your relationship with your two children?
In 2015, after a month of almost non-stop gastrointestinal distress, my older son was diagnosed with celiac disease at age seven. It came as quite a shock, as he’d previously been totally healthy. As I researched the condition, I found out that experts believe it’s under-diagnosed, in both adults and kids. It affects 1 in every 133 people! I decided to write a story to help parents get their kid diagnosed and treated. It was well received by the celiac community and I’m hoping it helped even just one kid.
Q2. A piece of advice that you got early on in your career and still swear by it?
Perception is more important than reality.
Q3. What’s that one aspect of the work that you love doing that makes everything worthwhile?
I mostly write and edit service journalism, and I love that the stories I work on have the potential to genuinely help someone.
Q4. What makes Sasha Emmons, in your opinion, the perfect editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent?
Aside from having top-notch editorial skills—that’s almost a given, when you rise to her ranks—she’s a visionary. She’s always working both in the business and on the business, looking at right now but also next month, next year, next decade. She’s a great listener, a strong, fair leader and really just a lovely, kind, funny person.
Q5. If you were to change one aspect of your personality what would it be and why?
I still care a bit too much about what other people think. As you age, you care less and less, and as I approach 40, I’m ready to not care at all!
Born and raised in India, Anisha Dhiman moved to Toronto to study Publishing and then Lifestyle Media at Centennial College. Writer, social media strategist and content creator, Anisha is the founder of Five Question Series, where she profiles people… you guessed it, by asking five questions. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trolling people with puppy GIFs and memes. Her only phobia? Losing her sight, but staring at the screen all day long doesn’t help much.