Q&A with Stephanie Mesourouni
International Women's Day acknowledges the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women everywhere. These are the stories of three women who are challenging the status quo, through driving change and equality.
Stephanie Mesourouni is a former employee of Peter Sheppard Footwear and moved to London at the beginning of 2020. Stephanie has spent the last twelve months working on the frontline, through the height of the COVID-19 global pandemic, as a Paramedic for the London Ambulance Service.
Can you please tell us a little bit about your experience with Peter Sheppard Footwear and how long you’ve been involved with the business?
I was lucky enough to be employed with Peter Sheppard Footwear from 2016-2020. During my time of my employment, I was able to watch the business grow, work with a fantastic group of people in the Melbourne store and, most importantly, meet and assist the lovely customers each day.
What is your fondest memory of Peter Sheppard to date?
I made so many memories over for my four years at Peter Sheppard. I can't pick a specific one! But it would probably be working with great people and making friendships that I know will last forever.
Through 2020 everyone was thrown their fair share of obstacles. How did you navigate your way through and what positive mantras helped you along the way?
At the start of 2020 I was fortunate to be offered a life changing opportunity as a Paramedic with the London Ambulance Service. It made me think, was the hard work and dedication I put into my studies worth the risk I was about to take? I now know that it is an honour to not only be a Paramedic in one of the busiest cities in the world, but to be on the frontline helping those in need - in the middle of a global pandemic. At the beginning I was stressed, nervous and scared because I was putting myself at risk, leaving my family and friends behind and moving to an unknown city where I knew no one. However, the amazing support from my family encouraged me to pursue the opportunity. They always told I’m not alone and that they will be supporting me, even from the other side of the world.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge. What does this theme mean to you?
I believe this theme is very important. It gives young woman the opportunity and ability to challenge themselves and do what they want to do and what they believe is right. It’s a great way to demonstrate to them that they can do anything they put their minds to, without the fear of gender inequality. I chose to challenge myself in 2020. Living in London and employed by the London Ambulance Service means I can proudly say I this.
If you could provide a piece of advice for someone looking to follow in your footsteps, what would it be?
You are your only competitor. Don’t let fear and doubt stop you from achieving what you want in life. Set yourself goals and do what you can to achieve them. Sometimes life throws you obstacles (some may be bigger than others and some may be harder to get back from) but use them to prove to yourself that you can do it.