Were you born and raised here on PEI?
I was born in Ontario, but my mother was a born and raised Islander and her heart called her home. I am forever grateful that my dad moved us to Prince Edward Island when we were young. Our parents made sure we travelled every road of the Island.
What does your average day look like?
I love social media and check that out first thing in the morning. I spend a lot of time suggesting places to eat and buy local produce and products. I also spend a good portion of the day trying to figure out where to get takeout for supper for my family. I like avoiding doing the dishes! I am an Island foodie.
What is your favorite thing about life on PEI?
My favourite thing about life here is the food. We have so many incredible chefs on the Island. Give a dozen chefs the same four ingredients and you will not get the same dish. Many wonderful lifelong memories are made over a great meal.
What is something people wouldn’t know if they are not from PEI?
Islanders love to ask about your family. It is the ‘Island way’ of figuring out if you or a family member have a connection to the Island. “Oh, your great grandfather worked in a textile mill. Well, we have a couple of textile mills on the Island.” Islanders are super friendly.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about finding and keeping my happy spot. I spent the pandemic looking for my dream job. For two years, I volunteered my time and energy to promoting Island food and restaurants on social media and created some food adventures. I fell in love with the Island all over again. In September, I started working for Tourism PEI; it’s my dream job and my passion. This is something I would do for free - just do not tell my boss!
If you were to choose one spot on the Island to take someone who has never been here before, where would it be and why?
To pick just one is like asking a parent to pick a favourite child. I would plan a day trip along our coastal drives with two stops: one for a takeout meal from one of the many local restaurants and the second at a bakery. With a picnic basket filled with local goodies, I’d find a quiet corner with a view of the water. I have a blanket on-hand to roll out and watch the sunset. I keep an eye on the sky with the hopes of seeing a shooting star and the chance to make a wish.