No, that's not a picture of Mary.
She's camera shy.
Mary grew up in
Smithers where her Dad logged with
Mary always wanted
her own horse but was never allowed
After she moved out
of the family home around age 20, her
dream of owning a horse was finally
realized. She bought her
first horse, an Appaloosa named
Cindy. She took
lessons on Cindy and did lots of trial
Mary met Gary, got
married and they have now been married
for more than 25 years!
Wow! They were
involved in showing Quarter Horses for
several years and Gary still currently
gives lessons and helps people with
horse related problems.
Mary worked at
Equine Emporium from 1998- 2012
and has brought that valuable
experience and her knowledge of horses
to The Trading Post.
recently retired as a 9-1-1
Dispatcher Supervisor for the Grande
Prairie Fire Department after
serving in the industry for 18
years. Tamara understands the
challenges of trying to balance work
life and home life and has
successfully implemented a variety
of tools and strategies that help
her continue to excel in both areas
of her life.
Tamara is a
graduate from the Leadership
Institute and a member of the
Wellness Fitness Initiative
Committee at the Grande Prairie Fire
Department. She is a certified
Equine Assisted Personal Development
Coach and has utilized this training
to help first responders and
corporate groups learn about and
cope with occupational stress.
Tamara has been invited to speak at
several events including the
Association of Public-Safety
Communication Officials in Vancouver
in 2014. Tamara is dedicated to
educating people about the benefits
of addressing operational stress
injuries by sharing her training and
experiences with others.