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Martin & Hillyer Associates: Meet David & Alicia
Posted: Jun 9, 2016

In the spirit of Fathers’s Day this month we want to celebrate all the dads that make our downtown a special place to work and play.

We applaud and recognize those dads & daughters and dads & sons that work together in business everyday.

David & Alicia (Martin & Hillyer Associates)

  1. How long have you been working together?

David: Alicia graduated with her degree in Sociology in 2013, then went to Niagara College for the Law Clerk program and ended up doing her 6 month co-op term here with us, that was in the Spring of 2015. She started here full time at the beginning of this year.

Alicia: I think technically I started here when I was 12, doing the shredding, and some filing!

  1. Why did you decide to work together?

Alicia: After I graduated from University I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my sociology degree. My Dad always had interesting stories about his work, and my mom is also a law clerk, so I thought I’d do the law clerk program and see if I liked it enough to make it my career.

David: When Alicia got here it was really trial by fire. She came in as a co-op student, on the same day that our new articling student decided to not show up, Heather was out of commission with an injury, and another articling student left us that same week. Alicia was given more responsibility than we’d give other co-op students that’s for sure. If she’d been a dud we wouldn’t have offered her the position – she’s a key part of my practice.

  1. How do you balance work-life with your personal-relationship?

David: When I come home from work, I try to be cognizant to not talk about work, or ask Alicia things about work … even if I’m thinking about them … sitting there on the couch staring at her on the other couch, and wanting to talk about work haha!

I enjoy what I do. If it wasn’t fun, well, I think we’re somehow able to make it fun. I know that’s not really commonly heard in our line of work. She’s good fun to work with.

Perhaps the most important thing we do is meet once or twice a week to keep on top of tasks and I think that helps us clearly define what is work related, and what is personal.

  1. What’s the best thing about working with your daughter?

It has everything to do with how prepared she always is, how smart she is, she’s proactive, she’s learned a lot over the last few years she’s been working here. I think initially when Alicia started her co-op, there was an adjustment period, but she was really willing to learn. We had some Clerks in the past who were great, but they weren’t as willing as Alicia is to adapt to the role the way I needed her to. I have to rely on people. It’s part of the job. I need to trust them, and trust that the work they’re doing is being done in a timely manner. We’re all just trying to do our best, and I truly believe that Alicia gives us her best efforts every day.

  1. What’s the best thing about working with your dad? 

The fact that David’s my dad – that’s the best part! He’s also a really good employer and he has invested in my development … he’s taught me so much, I’ve learned so much and that knowledge he gave me early on helped me take the next step and become a Law Clerk.

  1. Do you have any Father’s Day plans (ie lunch/dinner out, golfing, special trip planned)?

David: I’ll tell you what we used to do! It was about 12 or 13 years ago, on Father’s Day, and I was just having a little nap, and Alicia and her sister both came over to me and said “can you take us to the MMVA’s?” And I was like “ya sure, okay” – I had no idea what the MMVA’s were (Much Music Video Awards) and so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The girls would go to the MMVA’s, and I go to the nearest Chapters and get some work done – when their mother asked, of course I said that I was with them the whole time! I did see Lady Gaga one time thought, that was pretty cool. The last 5 or 6 years I’ve gone camping with my son and his hockey team. With 4 adult kids and a grandson that lives with us, well, we’ll probably just have dinner together at the house this year.

  1. What was the best Father’s Day gift you ever received?

This ring right here! Alicia got it for me when she was travelling through Greece. I don’t wear any jewelry except this ring … OH and my wedding ring!

My grandson also gave me one of the most memorable gifts – Alicia, do you remember? It was this sheet of paper that the kids filled out in school, a fill in the blank kind of thing. One of the lines said something like “I love my papa because” and he put “he is 4 feet tall and weighs 300 lbs!” I have a picture of it on my phone, it makes me laugh.

  1. What was the worst?

David:  The worst? I can’t really think of a bad present.

Alicia: We buy good gifts HAHA

  1. Is there anything special you want to say about your dad?

I just think he’s a very good person and a very good employer. I’m lucky to have him as a boss and a father.

  1. Is there anything special you want to say about your son/daughter?

Well that was going to be my answer, but it’s going to sound like I’m copying her haha.

Even though we’re not biologically related, there’s a bond there and a similar set of attitudes, and outlooks and interests … I’m always struck by how much he have in common. She’s a great employee. I trust her implicitly and she is great to work with. That’s really important … trust. I know she’s got my back and that’s invaluable.


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