Growing up in Northern BC, I have seen major changes in how people manage their lives within the resource sector, myself included. I am now retired from contracting with WorkBC, helping to find employment opportunities with specialized population groups that face disability related issues.
I started on my social work degree in the mid-1990s after two separate careers in the aviation and energy sectors. I was fascinated on how quality of life issues could have a dramatic impact on people’s lives in regard to the economic implications of resource-based industries.
During my time at UNBC I also started training to work with the deaf community and spent two years in the Lower Mainland obtaining language skills to use American Sign Language with my clients. I continue to help connect people to the resources they require, and help to build strong communities.
I live in Fort St. John and I’m on the board of Community Bridge, a non-profit organization that provides programs to build healthy families. Other boards that I continue to be engaged with include those that provide environmental education programs, and programs to help women overcome addictions, as well as issues with senior housing.
Due to my past work in the energy sector, I also volunteer to assist the government in finding
solutions to help build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Northern British Columbia. Locally I also help design solar electric systems. I have a diverse skill set obtained over the years working in the North as well as personally navigating the health care and social systems put in place to help people in need (myself included, during a difficult time handling cancer treatment and recovery) and I put these skills to work on behalf of Board Voice.