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Tonya is a partner with Powell Jones LLP. She started with the firm in 2003 and provides accounting, assurance and tax services to many local businesses, professionals and charities.
You can find out more about Tonya or contact her through:
705-728-7461 ext. 333
Q1: What is your profession?
Chartered Professional Accountant in public practice.
I have always been very good with numbers and this seemed like a natural fit. It has allowed me to do something that I am good at (calculations and problem solving) along with something that I’m passionate about (helping people and businesses excel).
I love that I can come in every day and feel like I can answer a question for a client, or complete a project. It’s nice when you can feel like you accomplish something each day.
My favourite moment does not involve a particular client but a particular moment with each client that I have. Typically clients will ask me about the advantages to planned giving from a tax perspective. Many people are worried about how complicated it seems. My favourite moment is after I’ve explained the advantages and how easy the whole process works, the look of relief on a client’s face. You can really see how apprehensive people are to start discussing their planned giving and how much relief they feel once they understand the process and can just focus on what impact their gift is going to have on their favourite charities.
I have 3 or 4 favourite charities which I annually donate to. A couple of local animal shelters, and also a few national charities which help with nature conservancy. Animal/wildlife and land protection is very important to me and I love seeing the impact these organizations have in our local community and in our country. I appreciate having vehicles to support this line of work when individually it is very difficult to accomplish.