I was born and raised in Chile, South America. I came to Canada in my late teens due to political and social upheaval in Chile that was taking place at that time. Having come to a country where I knew no one, didn’t speak the language and had no one to guide me or teach me the rules and the regulations of a new country makes my heart go out to all the migrant workers that come to Canada for temporary work…. I love people and I love justice!
Through the years I lived in different provinces, I went to college in Orillia, Ontario, I graduated as a rehabilitation practitioner and was hired by the Government of Alberta to work at a big institution called Michener Centre. I worked there for 17 years in a variety of charges such as the Behaviour modification unit. My most memorable time was working with the deaf and hard of hearing ladies and gentlemen of group home # 103.
In 1999 I moved to the beautiful Okanagan, where I have taught Spanish classes for many years and have taken a course in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). I have always had a desire to do missionary work. Through churches and community groups I had the opportunity to work in South America, Africa , the Caribbean, Central America and many times in Baja California, Mexico.
In 2008 I became aware of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) and that through it many migrant workers were coming to the area. I saw a need and I wanted to help….I guess I was in the right place at the right time….. the rest has just fallen into place. Today I am part of this great Society having the privilege of working with wonderful caring people.
I live in a small lovely community in the Similkameen Valley where people really care for one another. When the harvest season comes to an end I usually travel to EL FARO in La Flor, Veracruz, Mexico where I have organized outreach programs for visitors from Canada to interact with the Mexican community and exchange language, crafts and culture . I love meeting people and visiting new places and appreciate the opportunity to meet the wives and children of Mexican friends that I have met through the program. My fervent desire is that we have a safe place where the workers can meet for social , educational and recreational purposes.