What about me? We moved here when I was 10 years old. I have always loved the arts, music and outdoors. I recall my love for paint goes back to my preschool years. When it comes to music, my first love is bhangra, but I listen to many genres of music. We used to always be outside on our bikes, playing house or cops and robbers.
I remember being in school, and I knew I was the minority in my class.
But that didn't stop me. I still made friends and long-lasting friendships throughout the years.
As I continued my highschool years I was not sure of the next step for post secondary.
I took some generic courses at UFV and then found my passion in Early Childhood Education. This field created my interest and motivated me to keep learning. I continued my education, I completed my Diploma in Early Childhood, specializing in Special Needs; Degree in Child and Youth Care, specializing in Child Protection; and a Masters of Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education.
I continued my education and worked in various settings with children, youth, adults and families. I worked as Preschool teacher, daycamp supervisor, educational assistant, social worker, managed and operated my own daycare. Currently, I'm a Professor teaching Early Childhood Education.
In any of positions, wherever applicable I would bring in the arts, music and outdoors into the programs. In my daycare, Little Buddies daycare my focus was the paint, the glitter, different types of music and any puddle to jump in.
I loved offering opportunities for children to expand their knowledge and curiosity.
And any spare time I had I brought it back to the community. I did know I had a passion for the community at a young age. I was always involved in various events. Which led to me start my own clothing drive, Cozy Covers. 15 years later- over 16,000 items and over $19,000 has been given back to various organizations within our community. Warm zone, Cyrus centre, 5 and 2, Abby Dads, Best for Babies are a few.
I see my experience, education and love for community a viable asset to the Board of Trustees, to our community, to our children- the decision makers of our future.