I may be working for New Years, but I have spent the day reflecting on how fortunate I have been in 2017. I have gotten to do some spectacular things while continue to work in my field.
My year started off in Ladysmith, BC. There no secret there was and continues to be an opioid crisis on the Island. I couldn’t sit back, I contacted a few great people who invited me to come on board to fight the fight. There was a little trailer set up at city hall in Nanaimo, controversial but it saved many lives. We were there to educate, support and listen. These individuals needed to feel wanted and not like another number. We were able to do that for many and they became like family to me. I was also explained what “Netflix and Chill” meant and seriously I needed to stop saying it immediately LOL ” Smashing genitals” was not what I thought it meant … Naive Meg.
The pop up site was successful in a sense, a clinic with regular hour opened which lead to us closing up a permanent location.
I made my way down to Victoria and re-certed my industrial training and also helped by being a patient which was so much fun! I am a shy person unless I am in my element than watch out… non stop dork talk. I met some great people in the class that are coming up in the ranks
Now during my time in Victoria my home was broken into and my whole word came crashing down in my mind for a few minutes. A lot was stolen including a large sum of money which was hard to deal with but I needed to battle on. Someone needed the things more than me. I had to remember that I still have my baby girls and my health so we were good.
From Victoria I made my way to Leduc, Alberta to work for the prospects as their Team Medic and lead medic for the stadium. I am no way a baseball fan! I find it boring, and just cant seem to focus my attention long enough to follow the game. I did get to treat a pretty nasty injury after a brawl and I am happy to say they recovered nicely.
Just before the playoffs for Baseball I was called to join the fire control efforts in BC and had 24 hrs to deploy. I was stationed in Nazco, BC which is approx 100km NW of Quesnel. It had already been under an evacuation order which was being enforced when I arrived. I was part of one of the first teams to join the efforts for this area. We went from a team of 50 on site to several hundred very quickly.
We were a little United Nations tent village all there to try to tame the beast. There were scary moments, but all and all I wouldn’t hesitate to go back for one second. After 60+ days on the ground I needed a little road trip back to the island and no better road partner than Jay!
As you can see here Im trying to duck so you can see the mountains from the ferry.. SMRT. He was headed to the island for a wedding and I needed to get some things from home and reboot a bit since it was already end of August. After 5 days of relaxing in the woods I made my way back to Alberta and Jay headed back to Ontario 😦
I wasn’t home long when I got a call to head to a mining project. I couldn’t say no! What an experience ..So I packed up my bags once again and headed to the airport.
I ended up 20 km east of Wrangell for one of the best adventures I have ever experienced. Yes I got to be a paramedic, but I also was a miner, cook and mechanic. We slept in canvas tents and were off the grid completely. It was so incredibly refreshing and amazing fun.
Now this bring me to the last few months of the year where life started to settle down for this chick. I have been placed on a drilling rig with some of the most talented and wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I feel as if we have become family in such a short time. It is an honour that they chose me to have their back in a time of need. I look forward to ringing in the new year with this amazing crew from our worksite in the patch.
2017 had me all over the map meeting great acquaintances and friends. It has taught me to slow down and seek life balance and to stop worrying about everything. Give my time and energy to what matters.
I don’t make resolutions, but I do hope 2018 continues where 2017 left off … and I continue to grow as a person and keep life a bit more balanced.
This was a brief review of my year!
Happy New Years!