Originally from BC, 20 years in the IT sector taught me not only to embrace change, but that I now wanted to work with people, not computers! Completing my Rhetoric and Communications Degree at the University of Winnipeg (UW), I found myself in Simon Fraser University’s Career Development Practitioner (CDP) Certificate. I had discovered my passion for providing people with the tools they need to get the jobs they want!
Working with Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S.) Manitoba, I administered their Youth NOW project, assisting the personal growth of at-risk youth through workshops and one-on-one appointments as they found positions suited to their skills and abilities.
Joining the WTC in January of 2012, I enjoy a setting where a passion for assisting job seekers with respect, caring, and mindfulness match mine. Completing both the Career and Employment Coach Certificate (CECC) and the Practical Workshop Facilitation Skills Certificate, I now am a trainer for the CECC certificate myself, and delight in meeting other trainers, facilitators, and coaches with each class. I am very proud to be part of the WTC team.
Being a true Employment Coach nerd, my joy is reading and researching all things career development, which likely explains my volunteer book and website reviewer gig for the Career Planning and Adult Development (CPAD) Journal published by the CPAD Network.
In keeping with the theme of service, I feel Manitoban CDPs can serve our clients best from a central hub of resource and information sharing. In 2016, I was honoured to receive Manitoba’s Leadership in Career and Workforce Development; Individual Achievement award for spearheading the development of the Manitoba Association for Career Development (MACD).
I believe all human beings have a right to the dignity of gratifying employment suited to their values, skills and gifts. Rather than merely reacting to what does or doesn’t happen in your job search, let’s be proactive and make it happen!