When I was a teenager, I volunteered at a local hospital. My orientation was done by an employee who worked at the hospital as a med-lab technologist. She had a really big impact on me and I remember thinking I wanted to carry myself like she did—with confidence and purpose.
From that moment on, I had a strong interest in working in a lab environment.
My health care journey started off very traditionally. I went to a vocational school here in Manitoba and graduated from the medical laboratory technologist program. I worked in a rural community for several years and did further training, completing my X-ray cross-training. Then I looked at the opportunities available to me and decided to jump at a job out of province
“ There is so much to explore and I'm close to the people I love, in a community that is so tight-knit.”
I left Manitoba for Saskatchewan and a role that gave me amazing exposure to everything that happens in a lab. It was interesting work. As a generalist, I got to do a bit of everything but microbiology was really calling to me, so I was open to an opportunity that would give me a chance to be more specialized.
I missed my friends and family back home, and my partner and I felt the pull toward small-town life, so there came a point when moving back to Manitoba just made sense.