Counsellor, MSW, RSW
April has had a desire to work in social services ever since she was a teenager. As a teenager and young adult, she was often sought out by friends for advice and encouragement and this is what led her to pursue a career in Social Work. Her career began 14 years ago when she became the Residential Program Coordinator at Hannah House Maternity Home, a residential program for young pregnant mothers. She then worked for several years in the Child Welfare system in various capacities including as a Child Protection Worker, Adoption Worker and as a Clinical Investigator with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
Holding a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, April is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. April is passionate about finding creative methods of helping women and youth work through anxiety, depression, grief and trauma, thus her educational background is diverse. In addition to having a Master of Social Work, she also has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Visual Arts, has taken Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training and is also actively involved in fitness. April enjoys teaching others how meditating on scripture can help deepen their relationship with the Lord. With a fitness background, she sees the value of educating others on the therapeutic effects of movement to help manage anxiety, depression and heal from trauma.
April is married to her best friend and is a mom to three wonderful children. One of her children has Down Syndrome so she understands the complexities of raising a child with special needs. In her downtime, she enjoys exercising, traveling and good conversation over a cup of coffee laden with sugar, milk and chocolate. She is also passionate about international missions and she and her family spent three months in Uganda in 2015 and hope to return in the future. She is actively involved in her church and blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful community of friends and family.