I am a Certified Child Life Specialist serving the Southern Vancouver Island Area. While I was studying in Edmonton, AB, at Stollery Children's Hospital I found my deep passion for supporting pediatric patients and their families through unpredictable challenges within the medical field. I recognized a gap in service within my own community for children accessing health care outside of the hospital. Many children and families were unprepared for many of the challenges- needles, medicine, environmental factors, and new diagnoses to name a few. With a strong background in child development and the skills gained from working within the hospitals I felt confident in providing children and families with coping tools and psychosocial support to better prepare them for these specific moments.
Outside of my job... I am a mama to a sweet baby boy who has shown me the true meaning of life. So do I know what it's like to be a parent... yes! I can tell you this has changed my practice drastically as I am able to fully understand where parents are coming from now in conversations.
As for my own life, I spend a lot of free time watching the growth of my son, hiking trails in the woods, and enjoying the quiet time that life has occasionally.