- Trained in the ‘Handwriting Without Tears’ program
After working as a swimming and Aqua Percept Instructor at the Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre for five years, Alexia knew her ultimate goal was to work with children and youth. Other volunteering and tutoring opportunities solidified this desire.
Following the completion of an undergraduate degree in Health Studies at Queen’s University, Alexia set off to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Queen Margaret University. Her strong desire to live abroad and her Scottish ancestry attracted Alexia to Edinburgh.
A clinical placement in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Edinburgh exposed her to the challenges children with moderate-to-severe learning disabilities experience on a daily basis at home, at school and in the community. The importance of collaborative working between the child, their family/caregivers and the multidisciplinary team was reinforced in this setting.
Once Alexia returned to Canada and began working on her Canadian Occupational Therapy accreditation, she worked as a substitute teacher and educational assistant at an elementary school in Ontario. This role allowed Alexia to gain insight into the realities of school life and provided her with the opportunity to work with staff and children in the school setting. Alexia’s clinical placement and role as a substitute solidified her desire to work in paediatrics as an therapist.
Alexia is thrilled to be returning to her hometown of Montreal and joining the Kiddo Active team. She looks forward to developing her knowledge, skills and experience as an occupational therapist while working alongside the experienced team members. More specifically, she is excited to work with children and their families to facilitate their engagement in daily activities, participation and overall well-being.
Alexia would describe herself as a kind, dedicated and hard-working individual. In her spare time, Alexia enjoys being active, travelling, scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.