Tell us about yourself.

I’m a mother of two young children, aged 3 and 6. I grew up in Sarnia, Ont., and went to school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. I enjoy racing sailboats, surfing and taking my dog hiking in the trails in Kincardine.  My family is involved in soccer a lot.

Tell us about your career. What brought you to Bruce Power?

I have a degree in Kinesiology, with background in Human Factors. I spent seven years in the physiotherapy/rehabilitation industry initially in Hamilton and then eventually in Port Elgin, Ont. I wanted to make a difference in switching from treating worker injuries to a focus on injury prevention through good equipment design. Bruce Power’s focus on its core value of Safety First in the nuclear industry was a great fit. In Engineering Design, we are able to achieve that focus of ensuring that we are designing to prevent injury and reduce human error possibilities on each plant modification and equipment that is placed into the generating stations.

What do you love about living in the area?

We love the area for all it offers. Kincardine is a great place to raise a family, there are so many opportunities for young families to engage in throughout the community. Both my children are involved with minor soccer, which both my husband and I also coach. The community is excellent for kids’ activities, such as swimming, dance and gymnastics and great for adult activities like indoor and outdoor soccer leagues and curling.

The surrounding area and beaches are fantastic.  I am a surfer and Station Beach in Kincardine, Ont., is the best surf break on the Great Lakes (people come up from Toronto to surf when it’s a good wave day out). I race sailboats during the summer down at the marina and we enjoy taking our family Seadooing on the lake. The best part of a summer day after work is to pick up our kids, have a picnic dinner on the beach and enjoy swimming in the lake or going up to the Davidson Centre to enjoy the splash pad and playground. On summer weekends, we enjoy having ice cream and walking behind the Kincardine Pipe Band parade on Saturday evenings.

In the winter we enjoy snowshoeing in trails in Kincardine, and going skating at the outdoor trail at McGregor Provincial Park.

What keeps you at Bruce Power?

Bruce Power is a great employer. The focus on safety and drive for excellence is very motivating. I feel my contribution each day is valued by the company and my immediate work group. I am able to keep a great work/life balance with my family. To Bruce Power, my well-being as a worker and my family is important. This is really evident in their benefits, employee wellness programs and contributions to the community and community events, such as the annual company beach party.

What do you enjoy most about your job and what are your future career goals?

I love my job. Every project and every modification is a way in which we improve equipment usability, reduce human error and prevent injuries. My favorite part is going into the station and interacting with the operators and maintainers to learn how we can improve equipment design to make it easier for the worker to accomplish their day to day tasks. I like the ability to make a difference in people’s work in equipment usability.