Growing up on a farm outside of Dresden, I knew that I would always be a ‘hometown’ girl. Playing sports, has always been a passion of mine. In the summer, I spent many weekends at fastball and slow-pitch tournaments. In the winter, I enjoyed playing ball hockey. I have since retired from all sports and enjoy running and working out for my own personal health and well-being. I remember as a young officer being told that if you choose a career in law enforcement, you lose the right to be unfit. That statement has stuck with me for the past 25 years.
Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to have been afforded many opportunities, like being the first female on the CIRT Team and in the Forensics Unit. Wearing the uniform hasn’t been easy at times, but I wouldn’t trade being able to serve and protect our community for anything. It’s truly been an honour.
Personally, I have been blessed with three children. My first daughter, Bailey, is an angel in heaven. Her memory will forever live in my heart. My second daughter and son are both healthy and happy teenagers.
In Bailey’s honour, I am an advocate for Organ and Tissue Donation. I am also a member of the Canadian Blood Services Regional Liaison Committee. Every year, I encourage family and friends to roll up their sleeves to replace the 140 units of blood and blood products that Bailey received at Sick Kids in Toronto.
I also believe that you never stop learning, so earlier this year, I completed an Honours Degree in Human Services, specializing in Police Studies.
I enjoy travelling and can’t wait to continue checking destinations off my bucket list, when it is once again safe to do so.
As we wrap up this series, I would like to encourage our young people to dream big, set goals, work hard and make it happen. There are no limitations on how good you can become or how high you can rise except the limits you put on yourself.