SHIFTer of the Month
I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator; born and raised in Thunder Bay, spending most of my formative years in Shuniah. I choose to live, work and play in Thunder Bay as it truly is Superior by Nature. Thunder Bay’s diversity, accessibility and development allow me to pursue my interests while building a life in this beautiful city. My partner and I love this community, the diversity of local businesses, the accessibility to so many programs and initiatives as well as all the hiking and outdoor places to explore. As a nature lover, avid hiker and adventurer, I am truly blessed to live in an active city, rich in nature. I love that I have the opportunity to hike the Sleeping Giant on the weekends and to greet the same World-Wonder on my drive down Red River each morning on commute.
As a working professional in Thunder Bay, it is the opportunities and possibilities that our beautiful city presents that have allowed me to establish and grow my career here while also setting roots for my future. After graduating from the Early Childhood Education program at Confederation College in 2012, I immediately started working for Little Lions Waldorf Child and Family Centre. Presenting children with unhurried, purposeful experiences (that consider the development of the whole child) and a profound appreciation for nature are the foundations of the Waldorf philosophy and what attracted me to Little Lions. These foundations, and the comfort in knowing their children are in the safe hands of professional, caring educators, are what have attracted young families to Little Lions’ eleven locations, time-and-time-again.
In the last six years, I’ve worked as frontline educator, centre supervisor, and recently took a part-time position with Confederation College as a Placement Advisor – supporting ECE students on field placement. I am an advocate for my profession as well as an advocate for children and families. I believe that by supporting parents in their role, they are more equipped to make the positive change in their family’s lives and in our city. I believe it takes a multitude of people and professionals that make up the “village” that raises the child; therefore, raising a healthy, creative, problem-solving generation. I am proud to be a part of that “village” for hundreds of families I’ve met over the years, even if for a short period of time. It is through my work and love for this city that I hope to be a part of the growth set to take place in Thunder Bay for many years.
I joined SHIFT Board of Directors this spring and represent SHIFT Membership Services. In my role, I hope to network and connect with young professionals who make a difference in their areas of work, including parents of young families. It excites me to connect with professionals like myself, who allow their passion for what they do drive themselves and their work forward. Increased volunteering has been a goal of mine for some time; giving back to my community, while also involving myself in the community where I live, work and play. While networking with other young, creative, progressive talent, I have opportunities to volunteer my time in my community through SHIFT. I am excited to be a part of the SHIFT team and I look forward to meeting our members.