As National Volunteer Week comes to an end, ONFE continues to celebrate some of the amazing volunteers working to make a positive impact in our communities by fueling kids and igniting learning.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I grew up in New-Brunswick, but I decided at 25 years old to move from the East to the West Coast. I was ready for a fun adventure. I like all kinds of outdoor activities because they are a great way to staying active while appreciating our natural world. Some examples are camping, hiking, snowboarding, and Kayaking! I decided to move to Ottawa two years ago as I wanted to be closer to family. I currently live in Rockland, ON with my fiancé and my dog Jack.
2. What made you decide to volunteer with the ONFE Junior Achievement Program?
Volunteering at ONFEE Junior Achievement Program was something I really wanted to do as it offers great inspiration for students. I am always looking for ways to contribute in the community and I believe in ONFE Junior Achievement Program as it helps guide and encourage our future entrepreneurs and leaders.
3. What is your personal philosophy on life?
That there are no failures — just results to learn from. No matter what happens, you just keep going. No matter how many less-than-desirable results you get, you keep moving toward your goal and taking action to get closer to it.
4. If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to and why?
I would go to my teen’s years (2004). I wouldn’t really want to do anything that would alter my future, aside from somehow telling my past self what the future holds, that its not as scary as I made it out to be!
5. For 24 hours, you can steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc. which one would you claim?
Any book from Brené Brown. She is a research professor who has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.
6. What is your favorite hidden gem in Ottawa?
Manitou Mountain trail in Calabogie. We go for hikes quite often with our dog and he always enjoy the views at the top of the mountain.
7. What was the single greatest lesson of this past year and what did it teach you about yourself?
Life is all about the journey and less about the destination. Sometimes I get caught up in my big dreams and goals, that I tend to forget to enjoy this journey called life. I now take time to be more mindful and enjoy the little things. Always remember that life is all about this moment.