I was born in Edmonton, Alberta but raised in a home my father built (on my parents’ acreage) in rural northern Alberta. Growing up, the forests surrounding our acreage were my playground. I hadn’t realized it at the time, but this is where my love for the environment first originated. After working in a few labour intensive jobs – such as a Tire Technician and an Automotive Mechanic Apprentice – I came to realize I needed a more creative career.
Therefore I researched prospective jobs and came up with the following options: an Architect or a Landscape Architect. Upon weighing the pros and cons of both, I chose to pursue Landscape Architecture seeing three major advantages: I would be spending a considerable amount of time outside (something I’ve enjoyed since my youth), I would be working in a transformative, exciting setting (plants transform and shape a space over time) and I would be inspiring and uplifting others (by sharing my passion for, and vision of, the great outdoors as well as by bringing peace and serenity to others through their own individualized oasis).
After selecting what career I was most interested in, I set forth on the landscape design journey! Before my final year of school was over, I accepted a position at Greentree Outdoor Living, as a Part-time Drafter; upon graduating from NAIT, I was promoted to a Full-time Designer, and now I’m fortunate enough to hold the position of Senior Designer.
When I get a chance to step away from work, I enjoy travelling, architecture, photography, animals, sports, and of course, spending time outside!
As you will see, the bottom of my emails are signed with my favourite quote- a Chinese proverb reading, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now!” I’m very passionate about being environmentally friendly and giving back to the world as much as possible so this quote hits home for me, as it refers to something that, quite literally, starts small but later has a gigantic impact on Earth!