Hi all! I have been working with the Lakeland Centre for FASD for over 10 years. During this time, I have worked in many capacities including advocacy and coordination of services for children, complex youth, and adults diagnosed with FASD and their families, consultation, and data collection. I also played a key role in the development and organization of the Lakeland Summer Camp. For the past 5 years, I have been providing leadership and oversight to the LCFASD programs as their Program Manager. I support each program supervisor in implementing current best practices and ensuring we maintain our high quality work.
I was born and raised just outside of Vancouver, BC. As a child, I loved to figure skate and play soccer. We took annual family trips to various places around the world, including Mexico, China, Australia, France, England, and Italy. These trips gave me a great appreciation for different cultures and many wonderful memories. I have started this tradition with my children and hope to give them the same exciting opportunities that I had as a child.
I moved to Cold Lake in 2003, where I started my schooling in Social Work and soon discovered a passion for FASD. In 2007, I completed a degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary while tending to a newborn baby. It was a lot of work and lots of fun as I was encouraged to bring my daughter to class with me. My instructors often joked that she was the youngest person to complete a degree in social work!
I now live on a farm, with my children and fiancée. We mainly raise cats, but also have chickens, dogs, and bees!
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.