I am currently off work for the past 2 plus years. I have 18 plus years with Federal corrections in 3 different institutions. I've been a correctional officer for 14 of those.
I became more involved in many avenues to support first responders with PTSD/OSI after becoming a local regional union rep and helping others, and after being diagnosed myself and seeing the lack of resources and need for support esp in the Maritimes, as well as the stigma that still surrounds first responders who are affected.
In the past few years, I've participated in extensive fundraising, organizing (with a group of amazing other first responders) an annual PTSD awareness run for first responders and donating funds to initiatives for mental health and PTSD. I am also a facilitator for Wings of Change Peer Support (Dieppe chapter). Most recently we organized a Mental Wellness expo with support from the Canadian Mental Health Association of NB, which unfortunately had to be postponed due to Covid. I have developed a large network of professionals, media, support programs etc. over the years and can’t wait to do anything I can to assist with this initiative!!!! Looking forward to working together with this amazing team!!!