I love London!
I love the great network of parks and paths around the city where I walk my dog and connect with fellow Londoners who share some of my favourite hobbies. Year round, you’ll find me around the city; supporting events and causes that make our city a great place to live. From the annual Forest City Road Race to the MS walk, I have walked, eaten, played, and raced with this community for years.
I was born in El Salvador, a small country in Central America. As civil war erupted, my family was forced to flee with the hope of finding a safe place to call home.
London has been my home since 1994. When my family moved here from Montreal, I was a teenager and enrolled in the French immersion program at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School. This experience helped me become fully trilingual: I am fluent in English, French, and Spanish.
At the University of Western Ontario, I earned my first degree, a Bachelor of Health Sciences.
In my twenties, I returned to El Salvador to explore my heritage. It was a country still ravaged from years of civil war and a major earthquake. I was compelled to stay, joining community outreach initiatives and medical brigades that brought healthcare to remote and underprivileged areas. I was able to offer my assistance as an interpreter for local and foreign aid missions such as Kinderherzen: a foundation that strives to provide treatment options for children with heart diseases worldwide.
I remained in El Salvador and earned a medical degree, eventually serving as the medical director of a rural health unit that champions mobile health clinics to serve surrounding communities. This experience honed my strong work ethic, my collaborative approach to problem solving, and fine-tuned my listening skills. I developed a common sense approach to solving complex problems when resources are limited.
In 2013, I joined the Sunshine Foundation of Canada as a full-time Program Coordinator. This national charity was founded in London and is committed to making dreams come true for children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses across Canada. I am also a proud London Track 3 Ski School volunteer coordinator and help to provide equal access downhill ski and snowboarding programs for children and adults living with a disability.
Devoting my time and energy towards creating lasting positive impact in the lives of others continues to be my lifelong passion.