My husband, Ian, and I have been married since 2006. We have two beautiful, busy, little girls, Olivia, who just turned 5, and Grace, who will be 3 in September.
Being a mom, and raising young children is such a gift. Of course, it has its challenges. However, watching them grow into the little people that the Lord has created them to be, reminds me just how blessed I am!
Jesus is the center of my life. I owe everything that I have to Him. I first came to understand my faith, and the importance of Christ in my life, through a Discovery faith study with CCO.
Not only did I understand that Jesus is my Lord and my Saviour, I was overwhelmed by His love and mercy, and knew that my life would no longer be the same. From then on, I have desired to bring this same freedom and transformation to the lives of others.
I have had many roles in CCO over the last 7 years! I have served as a Campus Missionary at the University of Ottawa, I have served in the Finance department, the Human Resources department, and also as the Executive Assistant to the President!
Presently I am serving as a member of the Missions and Events department. Together with my team, we plan and execute CCO’s summer missions and National Rise Up conference.
When I think back over my years with CCO, my memories are riddled with amazing stories of young people making significant decisions for their faith. One of my favourite memories is from my first year on staff. I was leading a young woman, from my hometown, in one of CCO’s faith studies. After one of the lessons, explaining the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this young woman asked me if she could go back to Reconciliation after 12 years away from the Church! That evening I had the joy of bringing her back to Mass and to Confession! What a blessing!
As a mom, I have many opportunities when spending time with other moms to share my faith and the role that the Lord has in my parenting. I have had the chance to encourage many moms in their faith and to help them to understand the importance of their roles as missionaries in their own families. One mom that I met at the bus stop started to talk to me about various concerns that she had for her children. I shared with her that I had those same concerns, but that I was comforted in knowing that by praying I was doing all that I could to help my kids. Since then we talk regularly, and she has been sharing with me how she, too, has started praying for her family!
I have often joked that the Lord called me to serve on staff because He knows my weaknesses, and that I need others to hold me accountable in my faith.
But all joking aside, being on staff has helped me to grow in my faith and intimacy with the Lord through regular retreats, prayer, formation and most of all the friendship and fellowship that comes from my CCO staff family.