Kristin Palin began her post secondary education at Concordia University where she earned a double major BA in Women’s Studies and Canadian History. She went on to receive a post graduate certificate in Gerontology at Ryerson University.
Following her formal education she began working with Alzheimer patients and their caregivers to set up respite care, and did informal family counseling. She then coordinated a ‘Meals on Wheels’ Program which included community outreach and delivering services to people in the community who were considered ‘at risk’. She facilitated conferences on caregiver stress and keeping frail individuals in the home. Volunteer management was and additional part of her responsibilities.
Kristin’s insatiable appetite for knowledge then led her back to Ryerson where she received a BASc in food and nutrition. During this time she managed the food and beverage staff at Roy Thomson Hall and the Food Services Staff at a local complex care facility.
Kristin then had two children (one of whom is currently thriving at High Park Day School)!
Her career moved into an advisory position in which she advised Long Term Care facilities on how to manage their food service operations within the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. She implemented seasonal menus for them and was on the advisory team to develop a menu management website and database.
At this point the stars aligned as her son joined HPDS. Before long she was volunteering to help with our policy development, parent handbook and other managerial necessities. Her enthusiasm and love for this work led her straight onto the team, and she now holds the position of Vice Principal. When she isn’t busy being a mom or helping to grow HPDS, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading and relaxing at her family cottage north of the city.