Hi and thanks for checking me out!
I dressed for the occasion of the above photo as I am hoping to leave a memorable first impression. If you haven't had a chance to explore the website, please do! The programming is why you are here, I am just the cherry on top. If you are interested in hearing a bit more about me and my career so far, scroll on down.
I wanted to leave a quick note of appreciation for your interest in my portrait programming, because that means you want to make a difference in the lives of seniors in your life. Every senior needs and deserves to have someone like you in their life!
So, thank you for all you do, and I look forward to meeting you soon!
I grew up on a farm in central Ontario where the closest town had a population of 300. I spent most of my childhood running around barefoot, climbing trees, building forts, swimming, canoeing, camping and horseback riding. Let's not forget to mention the annual fall fair and the air-band competition that we took seriously and practiced for all summer!
After flying the coop to pursue post secondary education in Toronto, Ontario, I spent the next 9 years studying (diploma, certificate and degree) with a brief 2 year stint as a flight attendant and a cross country move to British Columbia.
I took a full-time post secondary educational journey into Therapeutic Recreation spanning 5 years. This was coupled with a part-time career working in long term care, followed by an almost 5 year long position as a Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator. Inspired by the need for quality companionship for seniors in care and at home. I created a rewarding business providing private recreation therapy for the elderly, those still living at home or isolated in care. When my life situation shifted and our choice involved a baby, my priorities shifted. I closed up shop to raise our son.
Being a wife and a mother has been (and continues to be) interesting, fun, difficult, frustrating, joyful and rewarding. I just finished congratulating a friend who gave birth recently. I am genuinely happy for her! I said "Welcome to the club of the 'hardest thing you will ever do in your life, because it is the most important thing you will EVER do in your life."
Living a life of chronic pain has brought many challenges and a decade long journey trying to find answers and solutions. After an adult ADHD diagnosis last year, I began a healing journey of introspection, perspective, forgiveness and a curiosity for the connection between my emotions and my chronic pain symptoms.
Looking at my symptoms, emotions and certain adverse childhood events I can see a trail of breadcrumbs into how I work. A great deal of effort has been made to understand myself, becoming a curious observer of my emotions. This has opened up a whole new world of possibility for me.
My hope is to create success in this venture despite the challenges I may encounter so that I can bring joy and positive change to as many people as I can. But more importantly, I want to continue proving to myself that "I can".
Is your loved one living with dementia? Is their quality of life failing? They would benefit from our therapeutic visits.
Our therapeutic visits use a variety of vintage accessories in combination with reminiscence therapy to provide a meaningful and engaging experience.