I am currently working as a physiotherapist at Vancouver General Hospital, and have only recently heard about the Summits of Hope program. As soon as I found out more about what they do, and how they help BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital, I thought it would be an opportunity of a lifetime to join the 2009 Kilimanjaro climb! Kim Hesketh and I will also be spending extra time putting our physio skills to use, volunteering in an orphanage with children with cerebral palsy.
I have always loved traveling and adventure. Iâ€™ve spent time in much of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Iâ€™ve also enjoyed many travels across Canada and the US. Hiking and outdoors activities have featured prominently in most of my travels and I have been very fortunate to experience so many beautiful things and meet many wonderful people.
I grew up in Barrie, Ontario, and went to school in Hamilton and Toronto before moving out to Calgary, where I got to enjoy all of the outdoors that the Rockies have to offer. I just recently moved back to Canada after spending over a year working and playing in Hawaii, where I learned how to surf and kitesurf. Moving to Vancouver was a great choice for me, with all of the beautiful outdoors right at my fingertips!
The challenge of raising money for BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is both intimidating and exciting â€“ and Iâ€™m really looking forward it! Any contribution to help this wonderful foundation is greatly appreciated, and big thank-youâ€™s to my wonderful family and friends for all their support!
"Everybody has a mountain to climb!"
Mt. Kilimanjaro 2009