Where did you grow up?
North Buxton, ON
What was your first job?
Unofficially: hoeing and picking up rocks in my Dad’s fields
Officially: Arby’s Restaurant
What is your favourite Chatham-Kent pastime?
Playing on local ball diamonds every summer. Off the field, there is nothing better than spending time around my parent’s kitchen table with family and friends.
What is your favourite season?
Fall because we’re always busy in the fields taking off crops and the scenery is beautiful to look at. There’s something about working land, listening to the radio and watching the sunset that brings a smile to my face.
Name an experience that has positively motivated you.
My first job in mental health as a Case Manger with the Canadian Mental Health Association. This experience has made me passionate for working in the field of Mental Health and is a truly rewarding experience every single day.
What did you do after high school?
I enrolled at St. Clair College in Windsor and graduated with an Early Childhood Education diploma. Upon graduation from College, I went to the University of Windsor and earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree. During my educational endeavours, I often came back to Chatham-Kent to fulfill placements and co-op’s necessary for graduation. So many great, local organizations welcomed me with open arms and that really cemented the notion that Chatham-Kent was the community I wanted to work in after graduation.
What are you doing now?
I am the Clinical Coordinator for Access Open Minds CK. I absolutely love this position and I am so thankful that I was able to find meaningful and fulfilling employment, directly in my field, without having to leave CK!
Why live in Chatham-Kent?
Why leave Chatham-Kent? I was born and raised here; my roots, family and friends are all from here. This is home and there’s no better feeling than to feel at home.