Kim has had Crohn’s Disease for 20 years, having been diagnosed as a pre-teen. She has firsthand experience with many of the complications and challenges patients with Crohn’s disease face. After several particularly troubling years, Kim underwent small bowel surgery. Now in remission, Kim is eager to return to work as a dispatcher at Winnipeg’s 911 emergency centre.
Kim previously volunteered on the Winnipeg Ostomy Association board as well as a few patient advisory boards within Winnipeg’s Health Science Centre. Kim continues to be an active advocate for patients with ostomies and for ostomy awareness, to help end the stigma associated with ostomies. Kim meets with ostomates to alleviate their fears and to educate that there is a life after surgery.
Kim is a dedicated volunteer within her community, as a leader for the local Girl Guides chapter and an executive member of two boards within the community school. Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is keen and honoured to be a patient representative on the IMAGINE network.