I joined the Lakeland Centre for FASD team as a mother’s to be mentor in the summer of 2015. Being a mother’s to be mentor allows me to work long term with women, their children, and their families. As a mentor, I work with women who are currently pregnant or recently postpartum and have used drugs or alcohol at any point during their pregnancy. I provide one on one support to women in the Cold Lake area to help them have drug and alcohol-free pregnancies and provide safe and stable living conditions for their families. I work with each woman in order to provide non-judgemental supports tailored to suit each individual’s unique situation. I love being able to create a personal connection with each woman and her family! It is a privilege to be able to support them through their struggles and celebrate their successes with them.
Before being hired at the Lakeland Centre for FASD, I attended the universities of Calgary and Lethbridge, as well as the Lakeland and Red Deer colleges. Due to these opportunities, I have taken many different courses in the human services field, and I have worked in different positions that have led me to realize my passion for working with women and their families. I hold a Social Work Diploma from the Red Deer College, and I am currently working towards becoming FASD and Education certified in order to better support and advocate for my clients.
On a personal note, I married my husband 3 years ago and am now a mother to a handsome 13-month-old boy. We moved to the Cold Lake area from Red Deer in 2015 and have lived here for the past 4 years. We love that the area fits with our outdoor lifestyle! As a family, we spend a great deal of time partaking in activities such as hunting, fishing and camping; being in nature, unplugging and being together as a family is very important to us.
The Lakeland Centre for FASD provides cost-free programs and services in the Cold Lake, Bonnyville, St. Paul and Lac la Biche areas, as well as on First Nations and Métis Settlements through Alberta.