Born and raised in small-town, rural Manitoba, I’ve always had my sights set on grand adventures. Aside from a few rugged camping trips, though, I didn’t have many opportunities to leave my home province. Since reaching that now seemingly-distant milestone of moving away from my parents’ home and setting out on my own, I have had the chance to experience life in a big, complicated, winding, and independent way.
I spent a couple of years living in Winnipeg, where I became a practical nurse and met my husband. I worked in a big rural hospital and gained some extremely valuable experience working in health care with a strong, and knowledgable team. My husband was transferred to Vancouver Island for work last year, so for the past 12 months I have been exploring the area and making new friends to try out new hiking trails and taste craft beers at various microbreweries with! We added to our tiny family with a giant loveable dog and a kitten, the two of which are now inseparable.
I found it challenging to find a job in my field, so I decided to head back to the ol’ chalkboard and get a degree; a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing. My schedule still didn’t seem full enough, so I added a couple of online courses and here we are! I started this program as an addition to my resume, as I eventually would like to teach in a university or college nursing program. My husband says I’m a bit of a glutton for punishment – and I don’t know that he’s entirely wrong – but I like to tell him that if you’re not learning something, you’re probably dead!