- Region: Thompson Okanagan
- Position: Early Childhood Educator
From a young age, I knew that I loved children; every year all I wanted for Christmas was a baby doll and then I'd lovingly cart it around with me every where I went and talk softly to it. As I grew older, babysitting real children replaced the dolls and that cemented the fact that a career working with chil dren was the right choice for me. I struggled with the choice of Kindergarten or an Early Childhood Educator and settled on the ECE when I realized my true passion was with the pre-school aged children. Although my mother always knew there was some First Nations on her paternal side, her father always denied it. When asked about it within the last few years, he simply stated that the time and place that he grew up was not a good time for Native people so he always denied the connection even though his skin color begged to differ. My Grandfather had done a family genealogy, which is where my found the Metis connection. With the help of all the wonderful people within the Kamloops Metis Chapter and the Metis Nation BC office in Kamloops, my Mom, sister and I became members. I have been fortunate enough to have been sponsored in my education by the Metis Employment and Training Program and for that, I am extremely grateful. I enrolled in the ECE program at TRU in 2009 and began my training fro my dream job, and graduated in the summer of 2010 with my Early Childhood Education Diploma and I have been gainfully employed at the same facility ever since.
Being sponsored allowed me to put all my energy into my education and not have to worry about where every penny was coming from and allowed me to focus on my studies instead of working part time.
Confidentially laws prevent me from publishing a photo of me working with the children at my employer My World of Discovery, but believe me when I say, I love my job and all the people and kids that I work with.
Thanks Metis Nation BC, from the bottom ofmy heart!