I was born in a small northern community in BC and lived in several places across Canada as a child. Sudbury has been my home since 1992. I worked for Health Sciences North in the Mental Health and Addictions Program and the Regional Geriatric Program for 10 years, which was challenging and rewarding. Recently, I started as a Project Manager at NOSM in the Continuing Education and Professional Development unit. I am excited to embark on this new chapter of my career. I enjoy camping, cake decorating, organizing anything and everything, and spending time with my family- my amazing husband Adam and children Blake and Isla. They keep me grounded, laughing and loving life.
Q: What is the number one thing you are working towards that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: I am always seeking professional and personal growth. Professionally, I am pursuing my Project Management Professional designation and have plans to pursue a Master’s degree. On a personal level, I’d like to see an increased community awareness of and more resources and support for moms, dads and families who are experiencing perinatal mood disorders. We have a support group for moms at NISA (Northern Initiative for Social Action) that I have the pleasure of being involved with, but I know we are missing people who need more than what the system currently provides and the reach isn’t as far as I’d like it to be.
Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: The River- Garth Brooks. Over the course of my life and career, my dreams and ambitions have changed; I have to be open to new opportunities and challenges, even if they weren’t necessarily part of my life plan.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: I have recently started a new journey in my career. The most rewarding part is the potential to positively impact the health of northerners through creative educational initiatives. A big project we are working on is in regards to the current opioid crisis. Knowing that I get to be a part of something that can literally save lives is humbling and gratifying.
Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.
A: I love Alfred Hitchcock and Hallmark holiday movies. I volunteer as a Sugar Angel for Icing Smiles Canada- an organization that provides cakes to children who are coping with illness and their supportive siblings.
Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: Knowing that I am part of a community that is creative, courageous and resilient. The people of Sudbury are remarkable in so many ways. There is a small-town feel with the bonus of multiple amenities and we are so fortunate to have nature all around us to enjoy and explore. We support local entrepreneurs, which, to me really promotes that sense of community. We certainly face challenges, especially in regards to health care, but I love seeing the community come together with tenacity and compassion to solve problems creatively.