Charmin graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2001, with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy. Charmin has dedicated her career to community practice, and is experienced working in home care, long-term care, and rural in-patient environments. Charmin loves the diversity of community practice, which has enabled her to work with adults of all ages who face daily challenges from physical, neurological or cognitive limitations.
Charmin feels privileged to meet clients in their real environment, and to address issues that are immediately relevant. She has a resourceful problem-solving approach that stems from her small town roots. Her areas of expertise include maximizing home independence, safety and accessibility, patient handling, pressure/skin integrity management, and wheelchair seating. Charmin is adept at teaching and supporting others. She spent three years training Home Care Attendants on safe patient handling and client specific care. She was recognized by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba (now COTM) for her work supervising an OT practice candidate, and was nominated to the University of Manitoba's Fieldwork Educator Roster of Honour. Charmin is a member in good standing of the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists, College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
Charmin lives north of Winnipeg with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and camping, hiking, kayaking and fishing, coaching her children in youth sports, and volunteering in her community.