Michelle Farrow grew up in a rural Cape Breton in an Acadian fishing town called Ile Madame. It was these formative years spent with her three siblings that inspired her to a life of helping others.
“My brother Matt inspired me in so many ways to become part of a helping profession, and to spend my life helping people of all abilities to learn how to have fun and enjoy life without barriers,” said Farrow.
Her work experience in Eastern Canada ranged from long-term care to addictions, to events and community development before she moved to Fort McMurray in 2008 with the love of her life, David.
Today, she is a dedicated community volunteer and Executive Director of the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club.
“I feel fortunate to have spent the last number of years meeting and working with the most amazing co-workers and volunteers who have taught so many valuable lessons,” she said.
“I truly believe that I would not have had these experiences anywhere but here, and that each person who crosses our paths has something to teach us.”
Michelle lives by a golden piece of advice; to always nurture those who nurture you back. This motto is made apparent by her volunteer work and community engagement. Ever since she was a child, she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others.
“Volunteers have become my true passion,” she said. “Being a volunteer can bring so much enrichment to your life. It’s all about finding the causes that resonate with you as a person and give you fulfillment.”