Graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology, I approach my career and personal life from a Human Ecologist mentality. This means I take a humanitarian and holistic system thinking approach to examine and enhance people’s well-being and quality of life at home, work, and in the community.
I have always been passionate about human services, health and wellness, as well as conscientious living.
Within my university career, I founded ECO Style Student Association: a group dedicated to encouraging conscious clothing and textile culture while spreading awareness of the environmental and social dangers of fast fashion.
In 2015 I lived and did volunteer work in remote Indigenous communities in Peru for several months, allowing me to become deeply involved with Indigenous peoples who wanted to reclaim parts of their culture lost to them and the respect of their lands. I had the opportunity to lead and develop two meaningful pilot environmental and Indigenous preservation projects that took place in Manu Jungle and Machupicchu. There I learnt about the Andean and Machiguenga culture and studied plant medicines, organic agriculture, permaculture, and how to keep cultures alive and thriving based on these foundations.
Continuing this important work back home in Edmonton as a Program and Events Coordinator at Organic Alberta Council, I learned more about local agriculture and specified techniques to sustainably adapt to Alberta’s landscapes and communities.
In 2016, my little sister was involved in a critical accident and, as a result, suffered a life-altering injury. I made it my mission and goal to find her the best remedy for her recovery needs. During this time, I discovered medicinal cannabis as an alternative option to replace her opioid medication to manage her pain and PTSD symptoms. I also began to use medicinal cannabis to manage my PTSD symptoms as I witnessed my sister’s accident and experienced immense trauma afterwards.
Through my personal experiences, I understand the healing effects that medicinal cannabis has on the human body and mind. My passion for medical cannabis grew further, and I had a change in heart in my career path. For the last three years, I’ve been devoted to the medical cannabis industry by researching for my own personal and professional knowledge, working as a Health Educator, and being a patient myself while trying out different cannabinoid combinations and methods.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, travelling and exploring different cultures, spending time in nature, as well as expressing my creativity through artistic projects.
One of my favourite hobbies is learning about my own heritage as a first-generation bilingual Polish Canadian. I do my best to preserve my culture through learning my mother’s and grandmother’s delicious Polish recipes, traditional dances and songs, traditional Eastern European beadwork, and discovering my prehistoric culture/tribe known as the Slavic’s. In my picture, you can see me wear my traditional Slavic beadwork!
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