My journey began on a rugged piece of land in rural Nova Scotia where the Atlantic ocean crests the cliffs. There my first childhood summers were rich with exploring the natural world surrounding me and filled with awe as I roamed the beaches. The winters brought exuberant cultural gatherings bearing Eastern Canada’s lively culture, music and food.
However, soon my chilly winters exploded into hot and humid jungles, beaches and a bountiful new culture full of beauty as my family moved to Saint Croix when I was seven. I spent my days wildcrafting, snorkelling, and following my nose to the wonders of wild guava and passion fruit. It’s here where I uncovered my inherent appreciation for plant medicine, and being part of a community who held a deep respect for, and kinship with, the land.
My family had set roots into the Caribbean’s landscape when hurricane Hugo hit and changed our lives. As the storm blasted into our home, I learned our reality can change in a moment and the way we all survive such shifts is by staying close and caring for each other and the land. I watched as the people of Saint Croix were left to fend for themselves, and I grew to understand the fundamental truth that even if you have all you need, it is your responsibility to make sure those with less are loved and supported. It became clear that we can gift others compassion and empathy in so many ways and there is always an opportunity to come together to form a stronger community; that we are truly better together than apart.
My respect for the land and its people continues to deepen as I have been blessed with many mentors who have shared their ancestral teachings and professional knowledge with me throughout my life. I believe expanding my personal growth is fundamental to the success of my professional practice, and my lifelong journey of learning. I am devoted to living a life centered around helping others on their journey, and am dedicated to helping guide them to a life free from suffering.