From a young age Charlotte has been dedicated to social justice. In 2005, she saw the need for a Social Justice Club at St. Bonaventure’s College. With the guidance of a teacher, Charlotte founded the club and led it in its early years. Charlotte’s legacy is still seen at the school, as the SocialJustice Club continues today. In recognition of Charlotte’s commitment to social justice during her time at St. Bon’s, Charlotte received the Ignatius of Loyola Award for leadership and dedication to social justice at her graduation.
After graduating from St. Bon’s, Charlotte attended Memorial University and completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2013. While pursing this degree, Charlotte worked as a Camp Counselor at the Easter Seals of Nova Scotia’s Camp Tidnish during the summer of 2010. As a camp counselor she worked with adults, teens and children with mild to severe cognitive delays and physical disabilities. For her work at this camp, Charlotte received the Everest 2010 Mountain of Learning Award for her exceptional commitment to experiential education through her participation in activities related in her intended profession. Upon finishing her Kinesiology degree, Charlotte was unsure of what her next educational steps should be, so she took the opportunity to travel and volunteer in India and Nepal.
Charlotte spent time in India from October to December 2012. During this time Charlotte worked with Mother Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity, helping care for women with physical and cognitive disabilities. In January 2013, Charlotte headed to Nepal. While traveling to Nepal, Charlotte learned of the Umbrella Foundation, a charity that works to alleviate the impact of trafficking, poverty and war on children and their families in Nepal. It was her work with this foundation that called her to pursue a career in Social Work as she believed that this was the best path that would allow her to develop the necessary skills to help vulnerable populations in Canada, and in the third world.
Charlotte is currently pursuing her Bachelor in Social Work at Carleton University where she will graduate in 2015. After graduation Charlotte plans on pursuing a career in anti-trafficking and disabilities work, hopefully in Asia.