I immigrated to Winnipeg in 2006, from Portsmouth, England, after managing and facilitating a vibrant, diverse, and successful women’s project helping hundreds of women into work, education and training over 10 years.
Unable to work legally during my first year here, I volunteered at Fort Whyte Alive, our local nature reserve. This gave me a feeling of belonging, the routine and fulfilment that I needed, and helped to build my network here in Winnipeg.
After 18 months of supporting people with intellectual disabilities, I spent five enjoyable years at Osborne Village Resource Centre, first as an Employment Facilitator, and then for the next four years as a Career Counselor/Workshop Facilitator.
Combined with my education and training in Advice and Guidance, Counselling Skills and teaching basic skills, I expanded my repertoire by taking the Keirsey Temperament certification. I gained a knowledge of personality types and a deeper understanding of how we all, as individuals, seek fulfillment.
Moving to Winnipeg Transition Centre early in 2014 I completed certificates in Career and Employment Coaching (CECC) and Practical Workshop Facilitation Skills. With my love of facilitation, and developing workshops and activities, I’ve found my “Forever Home” here at WTC. Not only do I believe in what we do here, I really enjoy the style of facilitation that we use, and relish being a CECC trainer.
I love the outdoors, and having a blast along the way I founded a women’s outdoor adventure group in 2010. I volunteer my time organizing fun events and activities all over this beautiful province, while leading a team of 6 dedicated volunteers. I firmly believe that life is to be experienced to the fullest – and that includes being in a job where you can thrive in. In turn, that you should take time choosing the place you work, as we spend more time at work than we do in any other part of our lives!