I am a relative newcomer to Canada, having moved here from North Yorkshire, England, in 2012. When we came to Canada we were sponsored under the Provincial Nominee Programme to set up a business, and I bought and ran a coffee shop in Oak Bay, specializing in gluten-free home baking.
My career path has been quite diverse. I became a police officer after leaving high school – a “Woman Police Constable” (WPC) in those days – and spent five years in a variety of roles, including forensics, and being the first WPC to be seconded to the Traffic Department. I left the Police to become a mum to my son, who also now lives in Victoria.
In the intervening years between being a Police Officer and emigrating to Canada, I was a school secretary and non-teaching assistant at the village school in Goathland, near to Whitby, North Yorkshire, which was the setting for the TV series ‘Heartbeat’; a Registrar of Marriages (the equivalent to a Marriage Commissioner in BC); a Legal Executive (the equivalent to a paralegal), practicing family and criminal law; and a specialist Legal Adviser in Housing Law, running a duty advice scheme in several courts across Yorkshire. I have always had an interest in the law and am so lucky to have found a position at Breakwater Law that allows me to be involved in the legal process.
In my personal time, I love spending time with my family, a good mystery novel, cooking and baking, and meeting up with friends for coffee. I am also continuously entertained by the differences between ‘Yorkshire’ English and ‘Canadian’ English, and the misunderstandings those differences can create, especially given my accent!