"Most humans are never full present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one...Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life."
~ Eckhart Tolle ~
All active and retired front line personnel – including Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Sherriff Officers, Peace Officers, Corrections Officers, Military Personnel and Parole Officers - know the stress and mental burden that comes from the trying situations faced on the job.
The Front Line Resiliency Project has been created with the goal of providing all active and retired front line personnel, as well as their families, with the tools and guidance needed to reduce stress, strengthen relationships, build resiliency and achieve work-life balance. It will provide you with a foundation to improve physical, emotional and mental health.
After having been through a number of experiences and critical incidents on the front line
we have realized that a strong foundation is needed to get through the stressful times.
By having areas in our life that are balanced and strong, we have reduced the overall stress we have encountered when a critical incident arises. Setting goals and having a direction for our life
allows us to have a focal point to come back to during difficult times.
We exist to make a difference for front line staff and their families.
WE EXIST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FRONT LINE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Originally from Newfoundland, I spent my early childhood in Alberta before moving to Southern Saskatchewan where I lived until 1998. At this time, I found myself back on Alberta soil having accepted a temporary contract in an Aboriginal Development Program. One year later, I was hired as a Police Officer and since then, I have served the community for 20 years.
On a daily basis I experience the tragedy and devastation that come from poor life choices surrounding families, substance abuse and violence. I also understand first-hand the impact shift work and the daily grind experienced by all front line personnel can have on a family life. Despite these challenges, I have learned the importance of a work-life balance in maintaining my health and the health of my family. It is now my passion to help others do the same.
After having been through a number of experiences and critical incidents during my career I have realized that a strong foundation is needed to get through the stressful times. By having areas in my life that are balanced and strong, like my relationships and health, I have reduced the overall stress I encounter when a critical incident arises. Setting goals and having a direction for my life allows me to have a focal point to come back to during difficult times.
After growing up in Southern Saskatchewan, I moved to Edmonton in 2000 to attain a Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. While living in Edmonton, I met my husband, Gary, and we have since been blessed with our son, Aiden.
Over the past 16 years, I have experienced first-hand what it is to be the wife of a Police Officer working the front line. I have felt the highs and lows that he experiences on a daily basis and have seen the stresses that come with his profession. I know it can be hard on a family but, having found ways to manage the stress and maintain a balanced lifestyle, I am eager to offer support to other spouses who may find themselves in a similar position.
My passion for living a balanced life, and helping others do the same, doesn't stop there. Personally, I have lived with Lupus, an autoimmune disease, since I was 15, learning the importance of taking care of my body at a young age. During this time, I struggled with mild depression not knowing how to handle a chronic illness at such a young age. My passion for mental health awareness and resiliency comes from a combination of her own struggles with mild anxiety and OCD, family members who have struggled as well as seeing first-hand the effects the job of a first responder has on members and their families.
Professionally, I am a Speaker and Wellness Coach, specializing in goal setting. I work with clients to show them that it's never too late to dream again, that everyone has been put here with a purpose and that they can achieve work-life balance, and live a life filled with passion.