My first initial experience at UFV was back in 1990 when I decided to go back to school to up grade and prepare for my GED, which I completed.
In 1994, I went back and graduated from the Office Careers Program, which was a stepping stone for me to enhance my administrative skills which opened the door to other employment opportunities immediately, which lead me to make the decision to further my education.
From 1996 to 2001, I had the opportunity to administer Aboriginal Operational Child Care Funding as part of my employment duties, this experience inspired me to apply for the Family Child Care Certificate Program and Early Childhood Certificate programs offered at Seabird Island Band via UFV.
Upon completing, these certificates, Candace Robotham, the Early Child Development Supervisor at Seabird Island Band, became a huge mentor and role model for me, which triggered an educational vision for me and to set a goal for myself that I would go right through and complete my Child and Youth Care Degree.
My training at UFV has been a life changing experience in terms of the ECE/CYC Instructors who were also my mentors and role models; they were very inspiring and encouraging always. I would love to continue on in taking a Master’s degree but waiting for one to be offered at UFV.
In completion of my BACYC, I have been offered many employment opportunities; however, I have currently decided to stay with Sto:lo Nation Aboriginal Supported Child Development as Coordinator. I know in my heart that this is just another stepping stone for me and there are many more other opportunities to come.