Eileen O'Sullivan Bio
Hello, My name is Eileen O’Sullivan and I have called Oak Lawn my home for 15 years. I raised my two sons here since they were 8 and 9 years old. I feel that being able to serve and represent the residents of the 1st district of Oak Lawn would be a great honor and a rewarding experience.
I’ve worked in the “service” industry for most of my life, and I have always found that along with parenting “it” to be the most fulfilling of all my efforts. While my sons were growing up, I was involved and volunteered my time and efforts to a variety of community projects, as well as maintaining a fulltime job. I believe my experiences as an active parent, a concerned community member, and homeowner will help me be a strong voice and advocate for all the residents, families and business owners in our district.
I firmly believe that that through such a rich variety of experiences, I have gained indispensible skills, tools and knowledge. Through my work with the airlines; bartending; owning my own cleaning company; becoming a caretaker, returning to school as an adult student while striving to be the best parent I could possibly be is a testament to my perseverance, willingness to adapt to change, and endure and overcome challenging circumstances.
Overall, I feel that all of these above mentioned scenarios indicate that I am flexible and have an eagerness to try new things as well as a determination to master them. Working for the airline industry taught me patience. Dealing with frustrated—and sometimes hostile—customers provided me with the skills to resolve conflicts in a calm, timely and professional manner. Bartending enhanced my communication skills. I not only developed a better understanding of people and their own personal thoughts and tribulations, I also, earned a reputation as a trustworthy, responsible, and respected employee. As a small business owner I learned to be extremely motivated and organized. Becoming a caretaker has helped me to truly appreciate the immeasurable gifts of wisdom and insight our more seasoned residents (seniors) possess and would lovingly share with those of us who are patient and genuinely interested enough to take the time and truly listen. I have developed an excellent rapport with the many people I have served and come into contact with including my former clients, children’s teachers and friends, employers, customers as well as other fellow professionals.
Finally, my strong interest and concern for the overall well-being of people along with my desire to help them in any way possible is what I believe makes me a strong and worthy candidate for the position of Trustee. I am always willing and eager to listen to others, and to investigate and learn as much as I can about the issues and policies that most concern them. I raised my sons to never to be afraid to step up to the plate and I encouraged them verbally and by example to respectively challenge people in authority and/or policies, which they feel, are either unjust, in need of improvements or just not reasonable. To this day I am continually challenged by these two young men to self-reflect, improve, grow and do “the right thing”! “Like our children, our families are a reflection of our community and our community is a reflection of ourselves”. Thank you for your time and consideration, Respectfully, Eileen O’Sullivan