About Me -
I was born in Georgetown, Guyana. In 1974 my family left everything behind and came to Canada. We first settled in Ottawa then we moved to Cornwall, Waterloo then Kitchener. I moved to Stratford in 1991. However, due to friendships, Stratford became part of my life in 1984.
I attended Fanshawe College in London and graduated from the Broadcast Journalism Programme. Upon graduation I worked in Collingwood as News Director for CKCB and Reporter for CKBB out of Barrie. I also wrote for the Collingwood Connection Newspaper. While there I covered Municipal politics, sports,agriculture, education, courts, police & fire. I moved to Stratford and worked at 570 news and CHYM-FM in Kitchener. I made the move to television in becoming the Rogers TV Producer for Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County. Throughout that time I covered stories, news (across all areas) and events in this community. I have covered council which has given me an objective, solid historical understanding of the issues facing our community. I have interviewed, heard from and work closely with Not-For-Profits, businesses, groups and individuals throughout Stratford.
I am a Part-Time Professor with the School of Contemporary Media at Fanshawe College. There, I teach videography, editing and graphics to TV & Film Production students, Broadcast Journalism - TV News students and Radio Broadcasting students. I work casual part-time as; a Monitor at St.Aloysius School, Relief Staff with the Supervised Access & Visitation Programme and assistant to the Administrator with the Stratford Midwives. For twenty-two years I was a Doula and a Child Birth Educator in Stratford.
I have volunteered with many community groups including the Board of Directors at Optimism Place and Community Living Stratford, Rotary Hockey, Stratford Youth Soccer, Elgin Kids Soccer, The Multicultural Association, Autism Perth, Epilepsy Perth, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, The United Way, Family Services Perth Huron, Special Olympics, Jr Y Childcare, The Local Community Food Centre. I also volunteer my professional skills to not-for-profits by producing videos. I have also offered my doula services to individuals and families. I participate in event, start up or feedback sessions with may groups including Family Services Perth Huron, Reach for the Rainbow, Autism Ontario, and Epilepsy Ontario. I support the Basketeers, Emily Murphy Centre, the Lung Association, Diabetes Canada and support fundraising events in my community by either donating or attending.
A few of my passions; advocating to end violence against women, supporting single parent families, advocating for children & adults with challenges, senior living & healthcare, our environment, healthy active living and caring for our youth.
I am a single parent of six truly amazing, loving children - five boys and one girl - four adults and a couple of high schoolers. We have two dogs, a chinchilla, a snake and a son who insists on raising crickets, butterflies, manti, leeches, clams and anything else that comes his way. I have experience with Autism, Aspergers, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Facilitation, Advocacy work and supporting adults while celebrating their love of life, supporting their struggles and helping them be the best version of themselves.
We love music, campfires, rainbows, starlit nights, laughter, films, good food and drink and enjoying community events.
I feel my skills as a journalist and as a community builder directly apply to City Council. Asking questions, doing the research, making informed decisions, being fair, balanced and objective. I have a solid understanding of what our community has to offer, how it works and believe there is room to do better. I bring a diversity of experiences and knowledge and ---- UnCommon Sense!