BIO

Respectful Workplace Office

  • Former Crown Prosecutor
  • Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology
  • World traveler, including four years an ex-pat in Australia.

 

“Balance is an ongoing effort. One never achieves it. It is not static.”

Why is CPS the right place for you?

My desire to do meaningful work is met as I am able to provide direct and at times, significant, support to first responders! I am able to directly help those who come to the assistance of our community when citizenshave been impacted by criminal acts. As well, our courageous officers proactively put their own lives on the line to keep our communities safe. I deeply believe in the value of the work CPS does, and I’m honoured to serve in this organization.

What are the ways that you find balance in your life?

For me, this topic is about healthy boundaries. Balance is an ongoing effort. One never achieves it. It is not static. It is about intentional behavior and it is about choice and the awareness of privilege that allows for this choice. I prioritize activities within all areas of my life (family, career, friendship, and spiritual/self I care) and I constantly take stock as to what areas may require additional attention to maintain balanced and reasonable boundaries. In order to do my job effectively, I am aware that carving out time for self-care as well as quality time with family and friends is not optional. CPS has provided me with a work environment that allows me to make this choice. #grateful

What do different perspectives bring to the job?

In my view, diversity is only the first step of this important step toward equality. Inclusion is key. The more those different perspectives are regularly heard and included in organizational and leadership strategies, the greater ability CPS will have to attract and retain diverse and exceptional talent.

Every diverse perspective, including that of our female members, offers a different way of organizational thinking and ideally, more creative and inclusive outcomes. Female perspectives can help organizations identify systemic barriers to equality, as well as unconscious biases that might underlie organizational decision-making.

I do believe that my lived experience as a female and my work experience within environments that are traditionally heavily led by men (law and law enforcement), contribute to my practice policy that rests heavily on the idea that collaborative and proactive responses are often the most effective in approaching workplace issues, with the key deliverable of restoring and/or maintaining psychologically safe and healthy workplaces.

Are there stereotypes that you think people have about women working in a policing environment?

CPS is often described as paramilitary and rank-based. As a female civilian manager with a reporting line outside of the chain of command (direct reporting line to the Chief), I have been given the opportunity to provide direct input into processes will continue to modernize this image. It is my hope that by working in a collaborative and transparent fashion, I can inspire culture change in ways that will increase employee engagement in our workplace.