How long have you worked for CISS/AFCS?
I started working for CISS in September 1992. I subsequently took a leave of absence in July 1995 and returned to work in August 1997. Since then, I had 1½ years off for a mat leave and another year off for education leave when I went to France to learn French in 2013-2014. When you add up the years worked, I have worked for CISS for more than 20 years!
Why did you choose this field?
I started working for my sister as a centre-based Resource Teacher (RT) at the Frontenac Club Day Care in Kingston in 1983. I liked the work so much that I went to school part time to complete my ECE and my RT diplomas while working fulltime.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
I love the variety that the job provides: I love being able to work with both children and adults, parents, educators, other professionals and other Resource Consultants and Resource Consultants Team Leaders.
What is your hobby?
Since my early 20’s, I have loved playing soccer. It keeps me active, provides a good workout and is a great stress buster to boot!
Do you have children of your own?
I have a 16 year old daughter named Moira Mae. Since I was named after my mom’s mentor (who enabled her to go to university to take nursing), I named my daughter after my mentor, Moira D’Aoust, our first manager at CISS and my mom (Velma Mae).
What does inclusion mean to you?
All means all – if we believe everyone belongs, we just need to put our heads together and figure out what everyone needs to succeed.
What is your favourite color and why?
It likely isn’t surprising to learn that my favourite colour is red… Why? Because red is best! It is eye-catching and it is a symbol for life and energy. It also pops when juxtaposed with most other colours.
What is your dream destination for a trip?
I loved living in France and plan to go back there if and whenever possible.
Do you have a pet?
No, but I babysit for others who do.