SHIFTer of the Month
I was born and raised in Thunder Bay. I have never lived anywhere else nor have I ever considered it. I studied broadcasting at Confederation College and in the 18 years since graduating, I've worked 13 of those years at Thunder Bay Television in various positions. Following that, I was the public relations and sponsorship manager at Magnus Theatre.
I am currently the community engagement assistant for The Salvation Army. I enjoy working for a charity that is genuinely trying and succeeding in helping those less fortunate within our community. There are two sides to my job. I run our social media accounts and our website and I play a major role in planning and executing various fundraising events. We are about to enter our busiest season, Christmas. This means that kettles will start to appear throughout the city come mid-November and our 'fun run' will take place in December.
My job title says it all- community engagement. Thunder Bay is my city and instead of complaining, I engage. In addition to my role as a board director for SHIFT, I sit on the women in politics committee and the Thunder Bay Public Library Community Action Panel. As the mother of two boys, one of which who has Autism, I also sit on the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the City of Thunder Bay.
Having a voice and using it is very important to me. I believe that voting is one of the most important tools that we have to speak up. As a woman, who 100 years ago did not have the right to vote, I always exercise my civic right. It is crucial to remember that every vote counts. If you do not like it, do something about it. You can advocate, get involved, speak up or even run for a board or an office.
My advice to young professionals is this: don’t let anyone tell you “this is how we have always done things” or “this is just the way things are.” Find out why they are the way they are, do something about it and create change.