Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Red Deer, Alberta and then after being adopted by my parents, I grew up in Airdrie, Alberta. I never really had a clear idea of school until I started swimming competitively. After high school, I knew I wanted to continue swimming in varsity. I went to an event in Calgary (Uleth to You, I believe) and I met Erin Kennett who took time to meet with a very late attendee to her presentation. I knew at that moment that DAA (Digital Audio Arts) was the program I wanted. My application was initially denied and I went into Multidisciplinary Studies instead but really focused on Kinesiology courses. After some rough years, I shifted my focus and decided to go all in for DAA. I took the plunge and I loved it! Ulethbridge was a great choice for me, and I honestly loved my time as a student in the Fine Arts Faculty. 

How long have you been at ULethbridge and what do you here?
I have been working for the University for just under seven years now. I initially started as a Student Recruitment Officer for the Northern Alberta region and then during the pandemic, I switched to being the Calgary area Recruitment Officer. I then had the chance to move into Academic Advising here at the Calgary Campus and I have been in this role now for just over a year and a half. I am also the Program Coordinator for the Health Services Management Graduate programs here in Calgary.

What's the best part of your job?
I enjoy the coaching elements of this role. I strive to set our students up to move into the career force as strong, independent problem solvers who are not afraid to dig a bit to find the answers they are looking for. I believe that every student can succeed if they have a strong support network and strive to be the best they can be. Our students are the next leaders and I want a hand in making sure they leave here with a high degree of confidence in themselves to get the job done!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I am an avid hiker, backcountry camper, mountain biker and runner. My weekends are best enjoyed out in the mountains away from everything in the city. I love to wind down from the day by getting home and getting started on cooking dinner. Cooking is my de-stressor from the daily grind and I love to make elaborate meals. I also recently adopted a puppy, Kona. She is a Golden Mountain Dog (50 per cent Bernese Mountain and 50 per cent Golden Retriever). This dog is my world and I am not afraid to be the millennial dog-dad stereotype.