Tanya as worked helping others her whole career as a child and youth worker and then a social
worker until she became a caregiver full time in 2017 to her third child, born with special needs
and her husband who has a progressive chronic illness.
Tanya’s passion remains with helping others and in the last two years has been facilitating
online support groups for caregivers for the Ontario Caregiver Organization. Recently she has
co-created a peer to peer support group for families with members who have feeding tubes in
Ontario. This has brought a further awareness to the inequities in caregiving and barriers within
the systems that support caregivers and their families.
Tanya’s belief in advocacy through telling her story to help others has led her to being
interviewed for TVO the Agenda, speaking at conferences, and yearly speaking engagements at
Ontario colleges and universities including UWO’s Child Health Symposium. Most recently, both
Tanya and her husband recording a podcast “Time to Talk” with CTV host Michelle Jobin in
relation to culture, caregiving, mental health and helping other caregivers. Tanya works as a
parent mentor helping parents with advocacy and navigate the school system for their children
with special needs.