I was born and grew up in the greater Victoria area. After some time off the island and overseas I am back living in the GVA and working as a counsellor and facilitator.
What is your motivation for involvement in the HTAF?
My background is in education, so I was immediately drawn to the vision of helping marginalized and homeless individuals by supporting their educational goals. I have seen the powerful transformative power of learning, and know that unconditional support and generosity can inspire people to make lasting changes in their lives. Also, I believe in treating everyone--no matter their situation--as a person first, and that respect for humanity is something I picked up on throughout the vision statement for the HTAF.
What are you hoping to contribute to the foundation?
The creation of a Hope Centre that will act as a meeting place, counselling resource, and mentoring hub is a vision I would like to follow through with. To that end, I hope that my perspective as someone who works with homeless individuals on a daily basis will enrich our discussions, and that my experience as an educator might also add a necessary perspective to the project.
Where do you hope the Foundation will be in 5 years time?
I hope that in 5 years time the HTAF will be established enough that we will be able to focus less on awareness-raising, fundraising. and connection-building, and much more on the individuals who most need our support. Further, I hope that not only the HTAF, but also the participants of our programs will be in very different places. I hope to be able to see some of our first and second-round participants living in improved circumstances and empowered by their educational journey.