Mental Health Police Advisor Committee Member (AB)
Canadian Law Enforcement Committee Member
I’ve worked with the RCMP for over 20 years educating and training Police Officers Resiliency Strategies for both Physical and Mental health. I graduated with an MA from the University of Alberta where I focused on Employee Wellness and Behaviour Modification. I’ve got an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, with a Certified Exercise Physiologist designation, am an athlete who loves traveling and trekking, and a mother to two young men.
Since 1997, I’ve been involved with the RCMP Peer Support program. I’m trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and have been involved with supporting Police officers who have experienced trauma. More recently my time has been spent as a Facilitator, teaching police officers; Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). My primary focus has been on the impact of organizational and operational stress, and how it affects all aspects of an individual’s wellness — physical, psychological, social and emotional.
As an Erickson International graduate, my interest in Psychology and Neuro-Science continues to enlighten me in learning better techniques for assisting individuals dealing with Operational Stress Injuries. I’m an active member of the Mental Health Police Advisor Committee in Alberta and the Canadian Law Enforcement Committee which are instrumental in developing programs towards increasing the awareness of Mental Health and Suicide in the Law Enforcement community. I love to help people see the lighter side of situations and truly want to make a difference in their lives. Anything is possible, you only have one life to live, so live it!