I’m the chatty red head who wears multiple hats each day. From Program Supervisor and Child & Youth Worker Supervisor by day to Parent Therapist by night, I do it all. I have the privilege of working with some incredible people and together we work as a team to accomplish one common goal – supporting our youth in achieving their goals while building confidence in them and developing life skills to conquer the world!
I graduated from Loyalist College in 2000 from the Social Service Worker program and knew then I wanted to make a difference in families lives. I hit the ground running and went straight into residential treatment as a Child & Youth Worker for 6 years. I worked full time while continuing on with my educational development through Waterloo University focusing on Social Development Studies. Needless to say, the courses I was most passionate about were Changing concepts of Childhood, Exceptional Children and, Interpersonal Relations. In 2006 I became a Program Supervisor managing our residential treatment homes caring for youth. I work daily with a diverse team who provide wrap around services to our youth and we support each other in thinking, developing, and implementing innovative strategies to meet the needs of the youth we work with.
I grew up as a city girl in Belleville but quickly learned that a family of 6 simply needed more space. So my husband and I, 2 young girls and 2 fabulous foster boys, packed our things and moved into the country just outside of Belleville. We became part of a caring and supportive neighbourhood all while having the space for our kiddies to explore nature and wild life around us. My husband and I have been Parent Therapists for 11+ years and though our boys have moved on into independence now, we continue to care for teen boys and enjoy supporting them with their life goals.
So when you see me at the office (probably with my shoes off and singing to myself) feel free to say “Hi Cat” and I’d love to grab a tea with you and show you around our home away from home.