Teresa was raised within the rural community of Pipestone, in southwestern Manitoba where most of her family still reside. Born into a family of active volunteers, she began volunteering at a young age in her home community with her parents and three siblings. This carried on in later years where she volunteered in the schools she worked and lived in, Oxford House, Rossburn and Brandon. Teresa completed three degrees at Brandon University (BU) and has taught in the Brandon School Division for over 17 years.
Teresa has been an integral part of the Brandon University Alumni Association for several years. Teresa began her position on the Alumni Association Board in 2006, completing three consecutive terms ending in 2015. Teresa filled several roles throughout her time as a member, including two years as President as well as stints as Homecoming Committee Chair, Awards Committee Chair and assisting with many events throughout the years. You would also see Teresa in a different role during Homecoming Weekend, as the official photographer, attending events throughout the weekend and capturing special moments. Teresa and her son, Riley, have both volunteered their time at alumni events throughout the year, including Alumni Night at the Bobcat games and the Alumni Christmas Movie.
After serving her maximum time on the board, Teresa immediately become a member of the Westman Alumni Chapter where she served as chair for 2 ½ years and continues to be a member today, providing her guidance and expertise.
Teresa received the Award for Exceptional Service in 2020.