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Being a DBA – I Love What I Do

I’m proud to announce that I am a finalist for this years Exceptional DBA Award from Red Gate.  It is an honor to be selected as a candidate to receive this award because being an exceptional DBA is something that I take very seriously.  If you don’t “know” me or haven’t chatted with me in the past I’ve included my bio and thoughts as to why I think I am an Exceptional DBA (and no it doesn’t include #Bacon or #Jager). 

You can also find my bio (along with the bios of all the other nominees) on the Voting Page.

Colin Stasiuk has worked with SQL Server for the past 15 years and has been (what he considers to be) a DBA for 12 of those years. He graduated from college in 1997 and was asked to start working for that same college immediately. It is here that Colin got his first “real-world” exposure to SQL Server (version 6.5 at the time). Throughout the years Colin has worked exclusively with SQL Server learning and developing his skills as a DBA while always being praised for not only his dedication to the technology but his ability to communicate effectively with his subordinates, peers, and upper management.

In March of 2008 Colin decided to become an independent consultant and accepted his first contract with the Government of Alberta in Edmonton Canada. Through the process of “going indy” Colin stopped being a voyeur of the SQL Community and with the guidance of some key individuals jumped into the community with both feet. Colin started EDMPASS (The Edmonton Chapter of PASS) and his blog to help reach out and start to give back to the SQL community. He has presented at EDMPASS numerous times and was asked to speak at Microsoft Tech-Days in Edmonton. In April of 2010 Colin co-authored his first Apress book: “Pro SQL Server 2008 Policy Based Management”.

Why do you think you should win the Exceptional DBA Award?

“I love what I do; being a DBA has not only provided a great life for myself and my family, but has given me the ability and skillset to help protect the most important asset of a company: its data. Since the age of 17 I’ve been lucky enough to find my niche, and have grown over the past 15 years to become a trusted resource of many companies in North America. One of my greatest professional achievements is that I stay in touch with many of my former employers and each one of them has told me the same thing; that they would hire me back in a second. I am very passionate about empowering other DBAs and developers with the knowledge I have to help them be effective in their roles. Training and experience can make you a DBA, the willingness and ability to share your knowledge effectively makes you an Exceptional DBA.”

 If you’d like to chat with me about this or anything else (SQL or other) please leave a comment or hit me up on my Twitter: @ColinStasiuk

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  1. Colleen says:

    Congratulations, Colin! But I don’t see why being an Exceptional DBA shouldn’t include a little #bacon. 🙂 Good luck!

  2. Alex Rosa says:


    don’t forget to join in our group in Linked-in

  3. done and done Alex

    thanks for the invite! 🙂

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