I was born in High River, Alberta with a congenital birth defect known as Spina Bifida. For more than thirty-five years, I have walked using forearm crutches. I learned how when my mother made the difficult choice to leave me in the parking lot of my preschool. This decision led to an angry but historic 500-metre walk home without assistance and I have walked everywhere since that day.
In my life, I have developed a great deal of determination, tenacity and a healthy dose of personal wisdom that I will always gladly share with others.
Today, I am continuing my career as a communicator, community developer, and writer after completing a Masters degree in Community & Economic Development from Penn State University in 2013. I also have a degree in Applied Communications and a diploma in Social Work from Mount Royal College. In addition, I am also the Past-President of the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association and a former board member with Accessible Housing in Calgary.
In 2008, I was nominated for the Heart of Calgary Award presented by Volunteer Calgary for outstanding contributions to the community through volunteer service.