Year One

So, I have been with the chair for over a year now. I am so fortunate to have been able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time. In the last thirteen months I have researched land codes, created spreadsheets, participated in group presentations, sat in some community interviews as well conduct a few of my own, written up transcriptions of the interviews conducted, and there have been some training sessions in between it all. The work is still not done and I know that this is only temporary but I'm anxious to see where the outcome of all our work collectively will take Membertou and where it will take me, only time can tell at this point.

It's taken some getting use to on my children's part as well. When I started they were only two and three, so leaving them at the beginning was a little hard as I would be leaving them daily with a sitter. But we all adjusted and it's now the norm for us. Even the day before my daughter's kindergarten graduation she asked if me and her father would be there since we're both gone during the day. It felt good to let her know that on such an occasion we would drop whatever we might have to be doing that day to be there for her. I know that it's also important for her to have both her parents employed, it gives her bragging rights in her class, this makes me laugh. She was so proud to come home and tell her father and I that when her fellow classmates asked her if her mom worked she could say yes, and when asked if her father worked she could say yes. It's a win win for all of us, and for that I am grateful!