If Jaime Boyle is going to work 50 hours a week and fit in all the volunteering, weight training, running, cycling and motorcycle riding she does, then she has to start early every morning.
“I’m up every monring at 5 a.m. so I can be at the gym at the Kelowna Family Y by 5:30 a.m. and then at work by 8:30 a.m.,” said Boyle with a laugh.
Boyle is a business and estate-planning lawyer at Benson Law in Kelowna.
“Work- life balance is a goal and I’ve become pretty good at it,” said Boyle.
“I don’t have any kids and no husband, so I have more time to volunteer, work and exercise.”
Exercise is key for this former triathlete and competitive runner.
Rather than drain energy, an early-morning run, bike or session at the gym invigorates for a long day at work.
“I actually like to get up early and get it done because you never know what the day is going to throw at you,” said Boyle.
“I also find it clears my mind and gives me more energy. I guess it helps I’m one of those people who can also operate on less sleep.”
Adding a long day at work doesn’t faze Boyle.
“I put in more hours at work for my own career aspirations,” she said.
“I want to become a partner. Hopefully, it won’t be too long,” she added with a chuckle.
Boyle is the chair of Young Lawyers in Kelowna, a group of under-40 lawyers who meet monthly for socializing, networking and a guest speaker.
She also helps young lawyers with the Master Shadow program.
“I was the first to start it in Kelowna and it has since spread to Kamloops, Vancouver and Victoria,” said Boyle.
The program allows young lawyers to observe proceedings and to talk to judges and experienced lawyers about what was decided and why so they better understand how the legal system works.
As a member of Kelowna Rotary, Boyle does a lot of community work supporting Rotary causes from heart and stroke prevention and support, literacy work and fixing up parks to helping with the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle campaign and Downtown Light Up.
Boyle is able to combine her love of exercise with fundraising at the annual Vancouver Fun Run.
“I run every year and get pledges for to support lymphoma cancer research,” she said.
“My father passed away from it.”