At the start of my career, I had a thriving aesthetics business called “La Difference” on Crescent Street in Montreal. In 1994, my mother passed away and only a few short months later, my only son died in a tragic kayaking accident. This was devastating for me and I sold my business because I wanted to do something more worthwhile with my life. During that time, I began volunteering in palliative care at the Veterans Hospital in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
When my husband had an opportunity for work in the States in 1997, we moved to New Mexico followed by Washington the year after, Texas in 1999 and finally Arizona in 2000. In each location, I volunteered extensively. I was a volunteer at the UFO Museum in New Mexico, the Paws Wildlife Center in Washington, the Waco Zoo in Texas and at a horse ranch in Arizona. In the middle of our time in the States, I went back to college for a degree in Computer Programming.
In 2002, we moved back to Canada because my mother-in-law was very sick. I took care of her for 3 years and really enjoyed it. When my mother-in-law passed away, I moved to Westbank shortly after and began caregiving as a career.
Every month, Home Instead Kelowna recognizes an outstanding CAREGiver for their dedication and excellent work.