A Little About Myself
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology and a Master’s Degree in social work, with a specialty in individuals, families and small groups.
I have worked as a therapist in private practice and also have had experience in several Toronto-area social agencies such as Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Blue Hills Academy (residential treatment facility for children) and Cummer House (home for the aged).
I am trained as a Stephen Minister and in pastoral visitation. I attended The Meeting House (before leaving for Zambia), where I was a member of the Care Team and I also facilitated a supervision Care Team group. I was an Elder and a home church leader.
I have a 26-year-old son, Malo, who graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Engineering Systems and Computing and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering .
Visiting Zambia and Kenya opened my eyes to the oneness of the human family. I came to realize that regardless of where we live, we all share the same hopes, dreams and frustrations. We all want to eat, have a home, be cared for when we are sick, be comforted when we grieve and see our kids fulfill their potential.
I realized something else too—that whether here or there, people want to shape their destiny. They want to work and be part of bringing to pass their vision of themselves as strong, self-sustaining communities.
Why I’m Here
I am in Zambia, not to give a “hand-out” or even a “hand-up”. God has called me to help facilitate and bring to life what is already in people’s hearts. It begins with meeting basic needs such as food, healthcare and clean water.
But it goes much farther, to the need for education; tools; infrastructure such as the drilling of wells for water; and a way to sustain into the future.
I invite you to hear my heartbeat and to consider how you can join me in making a global impact by nurturing hope and changing the lives of many in need.