Program: Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology
During my early undergrad years as a music student, I took a course on language development on a whim. I got hooked. Having previously considered music therapy and nursing as professions, I loved that the field of speech-language pathology combines linguistics, cognition, learning, counselling and more! I also realized how fascinating it is to consider the ways that we are able to communicate with each another – through gesture, words, pictures, memes and more.
I completed my clinical placements in out-of-town communities alongside a few students from my program. We were able to find accommodations together, bringing us budding SLPs under one roof! Living, learning, and exploring with my friends during our placements was a wonderful experience. I will always remember meeting up with my roommate for a walk at the beach, chatting about the silliness of kindergartners, and watching the sea lions on their evening swim. Also, witnessing a neighbourhood bear visit the apple tree in our Northern B.C. backyard.
This program is intense and will fly by quickly. Be kind to yourself and find your way to unwind. Go outside during your breaks to get some fresh air.
I am currently working at the Northwest Child Development Centre in the Smithers and Hazelton areas. I’m thrilled to be back in Northern B.C. working on an interdisciplinary team providing family-centred services and therapy for children. My role is a new role for the Centre, so it’s very exciting to be part of developing a service delivery model in collaboration with community partners from the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en First Nations.