Hi! My name is Jen and I am the new director for Mommy Connections Beaumont and Leduc area! I am currently the proud mom of one sweet little girl, Kaidalyn (7 months) and hope to be adding to our family…eventually! A little background about me I guess. I have worked with children in one way or another for the majority of my life and eventually worked my way to having a BA in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. Most of my adult work has been working in the Human Services sector, through group care and foster care programs in the city. This experience has really shown me the importance of a support network and feeling of community when raising children!
I’m one of those people who believe that we work to make our own path but sometimes things happen for a reason and me getting this opportunity is the result of those things that just happen for a reason! I moved to Beaumont from Sherwood Park July 2014, one month after my baby was born and felt out of place and kind of isolated, even though my friends were only 20 minutes away. I asked around some of the Facebook Beaumont mom pages for activities, got pointed towards Mommy Connections and signed up immediately! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got was a lot of information that has helped a lot in raising my daughter so far, a chance to get out of the house and meet other moms who were going through some of the same stuff I was, and an opportunity to make lasting connections within my community. It’s amazing how quickly I found a place in this community and how quickly it has become home to me!
Anyhow, I don’t know how everyone else feels about the idea of going back to work full-time, but I know that the anxiety it was already giving me was huge by the time my baby was only 4 months old. I would have to be commuting approximately an hour each way every day, leaving my baby for over 10 hours per day and the thought of this was driving me crazy. I was given the advice (multiple times) to stop worrying about it because it would work out, and then all of a sudden I got a magic little email telling me that the director position had opened up in Beaumont and Leduc!! I remember not knowing if I should laugh or cry when I got the position!! I have always been big into community and have dreamed of living in a community where my children can play in the street (safely of course!) or bike to the park without me worrying, and I can walk into a place and say hi to everyone! I believe that this is that community and programs like Mommy Connections help to establish this feeling! I grew up moving all over the world so I have a lot of experience in not knowing anyone in the area and feeling isolated; I quickly discovered that being a mother is the most amazing, rewarding job out there, but it can be very lonely. Having a support network of other mothers is a gift and tool that is so crucial, and Mommy Connections is the perfect way for me to help promote and share this tool with others in my area!! I’m really excited to start this journey with my little one and hope I get to meet you and your little one(s) really soon!