Manitoba Special Needs Advisor
"What an honour!" was Anne's response when asked if she would be the featured Advisor for this Member-to-Member Connection Newsletter.
Anne's response describes her enjoyment and appreciation working as an Advisor for the Special Needs Project. In 1995, Anne was approached by Sharon Hope Irwin to be the Manitoba Advisor for the Project. Since that time, Anne has been an Advisor to members in Manitoba, primarily in Winnipeg. Anne currently is the Advisor to 13 Manitoba members.
For Anne, the best part of being a Special Needs Advisor is talking and supporting members. When Anne phones members, she feels like she is talking to "old friends'. And Anne has grown with many of these members, as their children move from preschool to elementary school through high school and beyond.
When Moving Mountains was launched in Winnipeg, Anne was there and met two of the Winnipeg members in the Project. Anne hopes someday to meet all of the members and families she knows through the Project.
Anne works as the Child Care Resource Coordinator at The Family Centre in Winnipeg. She also teaches in the 'Studies in Special Needs Child Care' program through distance education at College. Anne is able to connect all of her work, sharing resources and information about programs and supports for families.
Anne married her best friend and in 1997 they adopted their daughter. In November 2007, 'Glory Bee', a black labador joined the family. Anne enjoys many activities with her family, including skiing, biking and swimming. Most of the summer is spent at their cottage in Lac du Bonnet on the Winnipeg River. Anne is thrilled to be part of the Special Needs Project. Her open and sharing approach enable her to both give and learn from members. The honour is ours.