“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ronald E. Osborn
Northwest Community College alumna, Jennifer Maillet has been living proof of this quote since graduating with her Practical Nursing (LPN) diploma in 2002. The Terrace resident has found a passion for learning and realizes that education is an important part of growth. She has spent ample time doing that at NWCC.
Much of Jennifer’s adult life has been engaged in post-secondary education. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be active in the community and chose programs to reflect that.
After acquiring her LPN and having her second child, Jennifer realized shift work was not going to be ideal. She wanted to spend time with her child and shift work was not conducive to raising a family. Jennifer opted to open a daycare to support her family, while also serving the community.
She created Willow Creek Daycare in 2005. It has since grown to become Willow Creek Childcare Centre, Terrace’s largest childcare provider, with 144 spaces.
In 2012 Jennifer began taking courses to obtain an Associate Degree, specializing in Criminology, at NWCC.
“I was drawn to criminology out of interest to see if there was some link between childhood, adolescent, and adults,” said Jennifer. “I wanted to learn [if there was] someway to impact people before their criminal lives started.”
In 2014, Jennifer put her Associate Degree on hold to enrol at the University of Northern British Columbia for her Master of Business Administration (MBA). After graduating, she has now decided to finish her Associate Degree at NWCC.
While completing her MBA, Jennifer managed to open a second business, providing the community with a local option for private nursing and homecare, while also working as a community coroner.
“I never thought being a coroner would be in my job description,” said Jennifer, whose interest deepened after taking psychology and criminology courses at NWCC. “I want to help families understand how and why their loved one died. It allows me to be part of the bigger picture to help prevent similar deaths in the future.”
When asked about the contrast between being a coroner, health and childcare provider, Jennifer said all three positions are similar in her eyes.
“I have a deep desire to impact our community and help people. I am able to do this in all three jobs, where I believe I can make a difference and impact people’s lives.”
In closing, Jennifer reminisced about her time spent at NWCC.
“With the support of NWCC and its professors I realized my potential and felt supported,” she said. “I wouldn't be where I am today without people like Michael Brandt, Sheree Ronaasen, Chris Gee, and Dr. Altar. I am forever grateful.”