Olds College of Agriculture & Technology, 2nd Year, Horticulture Technology
I grew up in Surrey, British Columbia as the youngest in a family of seven children. I had a hard time in high school, struggling with my identity and to make social connections with my peers, so I always thought I was a bad student and that traditional pathways through post-secondary wouldn’t be a viable option for me. After graduation, I enrolled in a diploma program at Vancouver Film School, majoring in Acting for Film & Television. If you google my name, you won’t find any blockbuster films that I’ve starred in recently, so you can imagine how that worked out.
I’ve lived in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary, working in tattoo & piercing studios and in restaurants as a line cook and sous chef. I never felt like I was achieving my full potential in these service industries, and so I decided to take a few online courses in accounting. With a little bit of bookkeeping knowledge under my belt, I found work as a receptionist in a healthcare clinic. Bookkeeping didn’t strike a chord with me, but I felt like I was ready to take on more.
I am currently a full-time student at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology, finishing the last semester of the Horticulture Technologist diploma program. I’ll be laddering into the Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in horticulture in fall 2023. Ten years after graduating high school, I have finally found the path that sparks joy in my heart.
I always thought that finding a job that you loved was a pipe dream for most people, and I would eventually just settle for something that would get me through to retirement. Regardless, I enrolled in a horticulture program because I went on a campus tour and fell in love with the greenhouse facilities. I love gardening and thought I might as well explore opportunities to make a career out of that. Now that I’m a leader among the Olds College student body, my ambition has been absolutely ignited. I want to be a leader in agriculture.
Since April 2022, I have been the President of the Students’ Association of Olds College, and it is my passion. I’m running for re-election for the 2023-2024 academic year. I have also taken a position in provincial student advocacy as the Vice-Chair of the Alberta Students’ Executive Council. I’ve completely fallen in love with the work that I do with my fellow students, and as a bonus, I also still get to enjoy my education in horticulture and spend time in those greenhouses. With my newfound ambition, I hope one day to move into an MBA program to blend these two passions and become a leader in agriculture myself.
I am interested in attending the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference so that I can meet some industry leaders and find out what it is that keeps the fire burning in their belly. I would love the opportunity to network with other women who have found success in this industry, and learn from them. I hope that these connections might be ones that I can continue to foster in my career for years to come.