Q: What do you do to relax?
Reading, taking the dog for a walk, having coffee with a friend, and gardening.
Q: What is one thing you will never do again?
A: Eat sushi.
Q: What was your first job?
A: Working full time in a small hospital for $50/month.
Q: What is your favourite thing about working at Menno Place?
A: I feel blessed and I am so grateful to be part of an amazing team who honors, respects, and loves our residents. During each day that I am at Menno Place, I observe how our values are lived out, in particular, where staff extends God’s care through kindness, empathy, and graciousness in their work with our residents. I enjoy listening to resident’s unique life stories; their life experiences and words of wisdom are inspiring. It is a privilege to work at Menno Place and to care for one another.
Q: What training did you get in order to do your job here at Menno Place?
A: Before coming to Canada, I became a nurse in Germany and also studied for 3 years Bible and Theology. Here in Canada I volunteered for several years at a crisis line, received a diploma in caregiving/counseling from Columbia Bible College, and a Masters Degree in Christian Studies/Chaplaincy from ACTS Seminary. During my studies, I completed internships in spiritual care at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and in chaplaincy here at Menno Home, with Ingrid Schultz as my amazing mentor.
Q: What is your favourite place that you’ve been to?
A: Germany. And here in BC, the West Coast.
Q: What’s the last good movie you watched?
I don’t really have time to watch movies, but I enjoy reading good books. Currently I am reading “Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God” by Timothy Keller, “Second Forgetting: Remembering the power of the Gospel during Alzheimer Disease” by Dr. Benjamin Mast, and “Dementia: Living in the Memories of God” by John Swinton.