Welcome to Sound the Siren!
Updated: Jun 20, 2019
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."- Winston Churchill.
This quote has gotten me through some of the toughest times.This past year has been one of the hardest, most life-changing times in my entire existence. What does one do when life throws you so many curveballs? You continue moving forward- it is this courage that counts.
Each day I have to make this choice, to continue moving forward. Some days are really bad, even ugly in the darkness of what life has thrown at me this past year. BUT some days are f**king amazing. In moving forward, I have decided to re-focus my life and work towards my dream. My dream is completing my PhD while making a significant impact on the health and well-being of volunteer firefighters and other first responders in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and hell, maybe even across the world.
I figured, why not share my journey to my dream with others. I want to make a significant impact for volunteer firefighters in this province, so why not dedicate my website to them while highlighting my PhD journey, research, and the work of others trying to make a difference for volunteer firefighters and other first responders.
Why volunteer firefighters? Well, the answer is simple, I was one. I was a volunteer firefighter in Wolfville, Nova Scotia for almost 10 years. I stepped away from firefighting so I could start my PhD in Health at Dalhousie University and focus on the mental health and well-being of volunteer firefighters. I was looking for a way to highlight the work of volunteer firefighters in Nova Scotia and across Canada, and the importance of this volunteer work. I sometimes refer to us as the “forgotten ones.” It seems most people do not realize that 90% of Nova Scotia’s and 83% of Canada’s fire service is volunteers. We tend to be left out of the development of crucial health services and supports for firefighters. I wanted to create a website that offers hope for all volunteer firefighters. This site allows me to combine my passions of storytelling, public safety and emergency services, and research.
I hope you follow me on this journey.
Welcome to Sound the Siren