Some people know what they want to be when they grow up, from a very young age. Not me. Sometimes I joke that I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, despite recently hitting a major birthday milestone.

As a child, I was fascinated by contrails in the sky: wondering where people were going and what they would see and do when they got there. Looking back, I recognize that I was drawn to flight from a young age. It was fascinating to me, and it still is. The fact that humans created the ability to soar at 30,000+ feet is just phenomenal, isn’t it?

I guess I was destined to be bitten by the travel bug. It was just a matter of time.

On September 11, 2001, I was about a week into a Flight Attendant training program, which I attended completely on a whim. The class gathered in a nearby bar to watch the horror unfold. Surprisingly, not one of us quit the program.

In June 2002, I landed my first job in aviation. Oddly enough, my FAM flight was the first time I had ever set foot on an airplane. I loved every minute of it. Especially the pride I felt, as a 19-year-old, walking through the airport in my Flight Attendant uniform, wheely bag in tow. Uniforms have come a long way since then (thankfully), but at the time that uniform made this small-town girl feel like royalty.

Personal matters drove me to give up my wheely bag for an office chair. In November, 2003, I became a Crew Scheduler. Yes, I went over to the dark side (jk). In fact, I was the first former crew member at the company to make the transition. Others would follow.

In April 2006, life circumstances caused me to move to a different city, giving up my job in aviation. It was a very tough decision but somehow, I knew I would return to the industry one day.

Insurance and marketing comprised most of my roles over the next 15 years, during which time I also earned a Business Administration Diploma and a Digital Marketing Certificate. Then, finally, the opportunity came to make my move back to the Aviation Industry. All it took was a 4500 km cross-Canada road trip, with two adults, two teenagers, two cats, a dog, and a camper- in the middle of a pandemic… and a few months of persistence.

In September 2021, I joined some former colleagues at Canada’s teal airline, as a crew scheduler. A year later, I landed my current role as a Pilot Training Coordinator. I am happy to say, I am back in Aviation to stay!