Connie is a proud wife, mother, daughter, Registered Social Worker, and Registered Early Childhood Educator. As a full-time Professor in the Faculty of Community Studies at Fanshawe College in London, her goal is to instill acceptance and compassion in students from a wholistic and anti-oppressive lens. Connie’s passion towards inclusion evolved while raising a daughter with complex Autism into her adult years.
Connie’s relationship with Sunbeam Community & Developmental Services can be considered one that has come ‘full circle’. When Connie moved to Waterloo in 2008, she requested the services of the Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre (then known as DSRC) to assist with locating supports for her daughter as they were new to the Region. The care and compassion Connie received from the staff at DSRC during that initial meeting encouraged Connie to return to university with a goal of achieving a Master of Social Work in order to support other families who have children with special needs. This goal was achieved, and now that her daughter lives in one of Sunbeam’s residential homes, Connie is using her spare time creating a support group for parents of children with special needs in Oxford County.
Becoming a Board Member of Sunbeam Community and Developmental Services is one way that Connie is ‘giving back’. Having experienced some of the same challenges faced by the people and family members who the organization supports allows Connie to face decision making and advocacy at the Board level with compassion and understanding.
Outside of work, Connie enjoys spending time with her family, caring for her and her wife’s pets (3 dogs and 2 cats), following the Toronto Blue Jays, and playing Virtual Reality.