I was born in Victoria, B.C., the youngest of eight and have lived here since my birth.
I attended Lampson Elementary, Esquimalt Jr. & Sen. High Schools and graduating in 1966. I obtained my Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate in 1969, from the B.C. Vocational School in Victoria. I worked as an L.P.N. at St. Joseph's & Gorge Rd. Hospitals, while our children were young. In 1987 I attended Camosun College & graduated with a Registered Nursing diploma in 1989. I continued to work at the Gorge Road Hospital & Five North at VGH in rehabilitation nursing until 2005.
I have enjoyed various volunteer positions since leaving hospital nursing, such as; reading program at George Jay Elementary, K.I.T. (Keep in Touch), a call-out program sponsored through the Langford RCMP designed to ‘keep in touch’ with vulnerable individuals that struggle with issues such as health, mobility, and social isolation and, for the past 4 years, at the Mustard Seed as a clinic nurse two days per week.
I knew nothing about Phoenix Human Services until a present board member & friend, Gil Owen, asked me to consider being a board member.
Upon hearing an overview of the programs & services this organization provides I felt it would also provide me with more knowledge of resources available for many people I come in contact with. I thought perhaps my experience could bring something of use to the board as well.
I still have much to learn about how a board functions and the actual services each Phoenix program offers, but I look forward to doing so & being an effective supporter of this worthwhile organization.