I am a founding board member and reluctant president of LANL, living in Mount Pearl and originally from Torbay, NL. A retired professional accountant, my experience is in accounting, internal auditing, and regulatory compliance with an electrical utility. I have lymphedema secondary to endometrial cancer. I am fiercely committed to letting people with lymphedema know that they have it, that it can be treated, and getting them information on lymphedema self-care. My pet project is having best practice lymphedema treatment readily available throughout the province.
My two grandsons are the joy of my life, and I enjoy spending time with my large extended family. Reading, cooking, and escaping the winters with my husband are among my other interests.
My 36-year nursing career was spent mostly in the Critical Care area in St. John’s, Carbonear, and British Columbia, with a sojourn teaching in Iqaluit. The last 20 years I worked as a Clinical Trials Coordinator for health-related research. I am now retired, having survived breast cancer twice and live with secondary bilateral arm lymphedema. Growing up in a small fishing community with a large extended family (as in >90 first cousins), it was part of our nature to help out and be involved in the community. Becoming a Board member of LANL then just came naturally!
I am married, with one daughter and three stepsons and their families. Our precious grandbaby Layla arrived in late 2019 and we have two precious teenage grandchildren living in BC.
Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, but living in Newfoundland since 1998, and loving it! I have a MSc in Biology and work as a Fisheries Scientist with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. As part of my work I conduct research in inshore and offshore water. I have adult onset primary lymphedema affecting my left arm undiagnosed until my late 40s. Along the convoluted path to diagnosis and treatment, I realised the necessity of advocacy and support groups such as LANL, particularly with those who have the relatively rare primary forms. I was therefore delighted to be able to join the Board.
Volunteering is a win-win, as I get to make a difference, but also to meet and work with so many terrific people. I volunteer in spay/neuter programs internationally, where I also get to work with my veterinarian sister. My husband (also a fishery biologist) conducted his doctoral studies at MUN and my two children were raised in NL. I love to spend spare time outdoors, with my dogs, renovating the house or sailing with my husband.
From Renews, NL, with 11 siblings, I have a BComm and MBA and worked at Memorial University (MUN) for over 33 years, most recently Director, Housing Food and Conferences Services. I have presented at Canada wide conferences, taught part time with the Faculty of Business Administration and worked on fundraisers. I was pleased to work on many committees in many roles, from member to chair, and received the President’s Award for Exemplary Service and The Dean’s Award for Corporate Citizenship. I became interested in LANL after my lifelong friend, living with secondary lymphedema in both arms, became a diligent advocate of the LANL and recruited me.
I am retired and busy adoring my grandchildren and spending more time with my mother, enjoying my cottage and travelling with my husband. I also enjoy yoga, socializing and appreciating the outdoors.
I am a retired instructor at the Marine Institute of Memorial University, living in Goulds and originally from Logy Bay. I’ve taught courses in quality management, problem solving, quality assurance and food safety. I also developed and delivered numerous education/training courses ranging from short industrial nationally accredited course to in-house courses at the technical certificate, diploma of technology, baccalaureate degree, advance diploma, and post-graduate diploma level programs. I have lymphedema in my left leg, secondary to melanoma. I am determined to help raise awareness of this condition and to help others learn how to live with lymphedema.
I enjoy exercise and shallow water fitness classes, and love to cook and travel. Most of all, I love spending time with my four beautiful grandchildren.
I am a founding LANL board member, and a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), who, since 2005, specializes in Complete Decongestive Therapy/Manual Lymph Drainage (CDT/MLD). My clinic, Pro-Motion Therapeutic Services, is a private practice in St. John’s, though I live in Mount Pearl via the southern shore. I am a member of the Massage Therapy Association of NL and have held the offices of President, Past-President, and board member since 2005. I have certificates as a fitter for compression garments, Personal Trainer, YogaFit Instructor and Aquatic Lymphatic Therapy Instructor. As the CDT/MLD portion of my practice encompasses approximately 80% of the therapy I provide to patients, joining the LANL Board was a natural fit.
I am passionate about providing patients with empowerment, education, and encouragement before, during, and after each treatment. I am dedicated to ongoing learning, upgrading skills, and learning new techniques to enhance my practice. In my “spare” time, I enjoy my family, spending time at the cabin, and tending my garden.
I am a founding LANL board member, and a Registered Nurse with experience in community and breast health, living in Portugal Cove. I’m also trained as a lymphedema therapist and as an Aqua Lymphatic Therapy Instructor. I am now working at HealthQuest, a private retail company, in their Amoena Shop (which specializes in breast prosthetics and breast products) and as a compression garment fitter. I am keen on promoting lymphedema awareness throughout our province and feel very privileged to be working with such a hardworking and dedicated board of directors and members.
I enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends, including vegetable gardening, berry picking, hiking, and skiing throughout our great province and beyond. I consider these activities in the outdoors are fundamental in keeping one well physically and mentally. My family includes my husband, three adult children and their partners, two grandbabies, three huskies and pusskins, with whom I share my love of cooking, hiking, yoga, music and hanging out together.
I’m from Fort St. John, BC and moved to St. John’s in 2018, with my husband and our rescue pup. I am a Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist trained in Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy. I enjoy people and understand that every person has a story that makes them who they are. Working in a private, clinical setting, I can listen to those needs in a confidential setting. I joined LANL to educate the public and amplify the concerns of those living with lymphedema.
In my spare time, I like to play with new recipes in the kitchen, take full advantage of the scenery this province has to offer, hike a good trail with a view, watch some Netflix and find the best Fish n' Chips in Newfoundland and Labrador!
The mission of LANL is to promote health by providing access to related counseling, information, or group support programs to individuals affected with lymphedema and to advance education by providing grants to Certified Lymphedema Therapists to obtain additional training in lymphedema treatment.
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