What is your favourite Chatham-Kent pastime?
I've always appreciated the diversity of the local music scene in Chatham-Kent. I have been a musician for ten years and have been fully immersed in the local music scene. From my experience, Chatham-Kent is full of talented musicians who truly support each other. There is a real sense of community and encouragement towards artistic creativity and expression that makes Chatham-Kent a special place to play music.
Name an experience that has positively motivated you.
Being able to come back to my old high school, The Pines, and coach the mock trial team with one of my colleagues. Being a young professional myself, I am extremely passionate about paying forward the knowledge that was taught to me at school and at work placements. The commitment and excitement these students put towards the mock trial experience has inspired me to approach my work and my clients with the same commitment and enthusiasm.
What was intended to be a learning experience for the students, turned out to be a learning experience for myself about who I want to be as a legal advocate and how I can keep growing personally and professionally.
What did you do after high school?
After high school, I attended the University of Windsor and obtained an Honours degree in Criminology. Upon completion of my university career, I attended St. Clair College and obtained my Paralegal diploma.
What are you doing now?
I am working as a Licensed Paralegal at the local law firm, Whittal + Company. Currently, we are in the process of building a Paralegal practice within the firm in order to respond to the growing legal needs of the community.
What challenges did you face when moving baCK2CK?
The biggest challenge of moving back to Chatham-Kent is the challenge I am currently presented with – building a legal practice. However, because of the amazing support from my family, friends, and colleagues, I am certain that I can be successful in Chatham-Kent and give back to the community.
What advice would you give to someone considering coming baCK2CK?
A lot of young people are hesitant to return to Chatham-Kent after spending time in bigger cities for schooling or work. I often hear that Chatham-Kent is "boring" or that it affords no opportunities for young professionals.
My response to this is to keep an open mind. Chatham-Kent has so many opportunities for those who are willing to explore and willing to network with other professionals. The opportunities are there for someone who is considering coming back to Chatham-Kent, but that person must do the work to find them.
What is your #1 reason for choosing Chatham-Kent as "home"?
Experience. Calling Chatham-Kent home for roughly 18 years of my life has had a significant impact on my decision to return home. I have been exposed to the people, the history, and the landscape - these things never left me. In a way, Chatham-Kent has always been home to me.
Alternatively, Chatham-Kent is growing, new possibilities are presenting themselves, and the younger generation is pushing for our community to thrive. This excites me and makes me want to be a part of the rejuvenation of the city that has been so good to me for so many years.