Now and then since the early 1990’s the topic of Parish Nursing would pop up from time to time. A chapter on life-long learning in A Resilient Life led to a conversation with my pastor about parish nursing. We met with Lynn Franklin, parish nurse at Augsburg Lutheran church in Brampton, and learned about ICHM Canada. And ‘the rest is history!’
I grew up as a PK. My father was not only a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, but he also was a builder of churches. I am thankful for my parents who were godly examples of what it means to be totally committed followers of Jesus. They showed me what it looks like to use my God-given skills and talents in serving others and always encouraged me to respond to God’s calling in my life.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree, Canadian Nazarene College; Reg. N. Diploma, St. Clair Regional School of Nursing; studies in Missiology, Nazarene Theological Seminary; Tropical Diseases Certificate, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology; and Registered Midwife Certificate, The Bankstown Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
My career experience has taken me to working in obstetrics in Simcoe and Brampton ON; teaching nurse aides and community health nurses in the highlands of Papua New Guinea; being involved in a provincial pilot project for in-hospital birth centres in Ontario; and working as a staff nurse in a family practice and walk-in clinic.
There are some other activities of my life that I enjoy. One of them is being with my family who live in Winnipeg and Nampa, Idaho. Classical music, reading, quilting, knitting and making jigsaw puzzles are things I like to do. In addition to my role as parish nurse in my congregation, I serve as a church board member and am very involved in the worship and music ministry of the Brampton Church of the Nazarene.
I believe God has been leading me all along the way, through the scriptures and my desire to be what He wants me to be. He has enabled me to use the gifts, skills and knowledge gained from my 30-plus years of nursing experience. I am confident that He is still leading me day by day because Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”