• Currently working in Victim Assistance Support Team.
  • 19.5 years on the job.

“It is crucial to have a well-rounded source of experiences that comes through diversity, to deliver the best course of action or decision”.

How do you find balance?

Balancing a family and a career is challenging in any profession; policing is no different. As a mother to three kids who are heavily involved in hockey, basketball and rugby, I spend most of my time, away from the job, driving and relying on a crock-pot just like many moms!  I accept help from other families when my work schedule conflicts with early ice times but, will always reciprocate on a day when I’m off.  Occasionally, I have to show up to a practice in a uniform but, I think the kids think that’s pretty cool (even the teenagers)!

After nearly 20 years of policing and working in units such as ASIRT, Sex Crimes and now the Victim Assistance Support Team, I’m used to taking off the work hat and putting on the mom hat.  I won’t pretend that I forget everything I’ve experienced at work before coming home but, I manage it through support at work, close friends and family and maintaining my fitness which is important.

What’s just for me and for my self care? My happy place is in the mountains or in the dragon boat.  I love to snowboard in the winter and cycle, hike, kayak, and paddle with the CPS Women’s dragon boat team in the summer.  One of the highlights of my dragon boat experience was travelling to Ireland and competing in the World Police Fire Games where we brought home a silver medal (we are still chasing that gold).  It was an incredible experience to be in another country with our team of police women (who also balance their lives as partners, commanders and mothers), competing for not only CPS but Canada.  I will never forget this incredible experience.

How did a career in policing come to be?

Although I grew up in a policing family, my formal education is certification as an EMT, a diploma in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from University of Calgary.  I was privileged to work with some amazing Olympic athletes however, policing kept calling me. I knew I needed diversity in my career and to be able to foster a need for life long learning.  Policing, in particular the CPS, strongly encourages this.  Whether you take courses at the Canadian Police College or continue with your formal education, there is room to keep learning.

What is a myth related to a career in policing that you have debunked?

This was tough to answer so I asked a colleague.  The answer was this: “Being a police officer needs to be the dominating force in your life in order to achieve career success.  You have debunked this.”  I feel that I can successfully balance both my career and the needs of home.

How does a female perspective bring balance to this line of work?

I think a female perspective brings diversity and sometimes an alternative mind set, much like a male perspective would encourage a different line of thinking in a predominantly female occupation.  I think it is crucial to have a well-rounded source of experiences that comes through diversity to deliver the best course of action or decision.