At 18 years old, I became a Special Friend for children involved with Children’s Aid Societies. I worked at a treatment centre, group home, and front line child protection. I decided to leave CAS to do an MSW, then decided to stay for a PhD. I ended up being hired by UofT as an Assistant Professor to run OCANDS (Ontario Child Abuse and Neglect Data System), while trying to fit in time to study resilience because I believe that children involved with child welfare are resilient. Fun fact: I was a competitive figure skater and volunteer as a judge.