"My goal in life is to be the person my dog already thinks I am."
I used to be pretty messed up. During that time I felt alone, depressed and anxious, especially when I was a child. I wasn’t, but it felt like it. I thought it was normal to feel that low. Feeling that way and not really liking myself led me to be in some pretty tough and abusive relationships. Not fun. I was numb to what I was going through.
I was also a very anxious child. When I say anxious, I mean ANXIOUS, severe anxiety disorder. School and most life and social events were terrifying to me. The thoughts of being outside the comfort of my home was scary. I was crippled by fear.
Now in my 50’s I’m living my best life. I like me now.
Throughout my life I have developed an empathetic approach, and this has brought me to where I am today. I started a career in Northern Canada including the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Labrador, helping small communities cope with trauma and grief, often acting as front line first responder as well as follow up clinical care.
While working and living in Labrador, I found myself embracing the Inuit culture and acquired my own team of husky dogs. These amazing teachers have imparted many lessons to me including appreciation of my own resilience and the importance of self-compassion; and many lessons about living and dying.
Side note; I am also the crazy cat lady; we won’t even go there.
I wouldn’t go back and change anything. My professional and personal life helped me grow as a person. It also gave me insight into how others may be feeling. It has also brought me here today with you, and that is wonderful.
I’ve been in the social work and support field since the 80’s. I worked as a social service worker for many years and finally completed my Bachelor of Social Work in 2003. A big part of my career was in corrections which I loved at the time and I have worked in family services, long term care, elder abuse, children’s grief, sexual abuse agencies, walk in counselling clinics and with a mobile crisis team. I like to describe my work history as eclectic so what you tell me is not going to be shocking, unnerving, or “weird”.
I have served on many agency boards serving individuals affected by trauma and I received an award for my work in the elder abuse field. I am happy to say that several years ago I graduated with my master’s degree in Social work at the ripe old age of 55. I like to say that I am a late bloomer. It’s never too late to do what you want to do.
- Canadian Association of Social Workers
- Ontario Association of Social Worker and Social Service Workers
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me, I am looking forward to connecting with you,