Hi! I’m Meghan and I’m a mom to one toddling boy, a wife and a speech language pathologist (SLP). I think like for so many of us in the therapy field, my work as an SLP is more than just a job. It is a true privilege to guide clients and families through the therapy process. I am constantly humbled at what families can teach me, as they are often so resilient and so knowledgeable about their own strengths and goals. It is such an honour to play a role like this in people’s lives, while working on something that is incredibly vital to our lives as human beings… communication!
My story: I grew up in a bilingual town in Grand Falls (Grand-Sault), New Brunswick, in a part of Canada that is small but that has a very big heart. I went to the University of New Brunswick where I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology. During my last year at UNB (11 years ago), I met my husband by chance in Tofino and a year later moved across the country to Rossland. I provided childcare to families while in NB and BC and eventually decided to complete my Master’s in Speech Language Pathology. My husband and I were able to move back to the Maritimes for a few years, where I completed my Master’s at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From there, we had to joy of making our way back to the Kootenays by way of Golden and Kimberley. I have been working with children all of ages since graduating (both early intervention and in schools), but also continue to have an interest in supporting adults in their own communication goals, such as voice therapy and neurological-based communication needs.
A little about me: I first moved to the area 10 years ago now and have developed into a bit of an outdoorsy person! I love to get outside with my family every day, if we can. Even to go for a short walk around the block with my little guy and watch him interact with the nature that surrounds us fills my heart. I also love to camp, snowboard, cross-country ski, hike and to spent time with the friends and family who make this community such a special place to live in.
What does my quote mean? “Learning through connecting”- This quote is one that I wrote and I feel is so important to the relationships we build as therapists. This quote highlights how an authentic connection between people acts as the foundation for learning, whether for adults and children. One of my first goals when providing therapy is that my clients and their families feel a sense of warmth and open acceptance. I want clients and families to know that I see the best in the them and I will meet them where they’re at, with no judgement. I aim to create a sense of safety, empowerment (and a bit of playfulness too!) as a jumping off point for learning and development.