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Kelli Lackey

Volunteer Firefighter - Otonabee South Monaghan Township, Community Support Worker - Health and Social Services Team - Hiawatha First Nation

Kelli's Story :

1.  Who are you?

My name is Kelli Lackey and I am a proud member of Hiawatha First Nation.  My roles in life include Community Support Worker, Firefighter, Wife, Mom, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend and Team Mate.  In each of these roles, you will see my strong, compassionate, giving, and caring ways shine through!

2.  Why did you become a firefighter?

Unfortunately, tragedy led me to want to become a firefighter and make a difference in the community. My grandmother died in her house fire when I was a young
adult and when the opportunity presented itself to join the Otonabee – South Monahan Fire Service; I was excited for the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.

3.  What is your best/happiest/proudest moment as a firefighter?

Every time I see a certain little girl in the community,  I am reminded of the happiest moment I have had in my seventeen plus years as a firefighter.  I attended a medical call where a women was short of breathe and may have recently given birth.  What we did not realize until we were in the home was that recently given birth meant approximately two minute prior to our arrival. The support we were able to provide for this newborn until E.M.S. arrived was crucial for her well being. Today she is a thriving little girl in the community.

4.  What are you proudest of in your life?

As women, we are always proudest of our family, especially our children and grandchildren.  They are gifts from the creator and I am truly blessed with two sons
(and their wonderful wives) and three beautiful grandchildren.  I have had the privilege to be part of many successful hockey and ball teams over the years and along the way making lifelong friends and travelling across the country.  I am also proud to be part of the Health and Social Services team at Hiawatha First Nation.  Every day is a new day and a new opportunity to have a positive effect on the lives of others.

5.  What is it like being a woman in a non-traditional career?

Being a woman in the Volunteer Fire Service is just like any other team.  You are part of the team, you do your best to do your part, you work together to achieve a goal and you are not any different from anyone else.  When I first joined the Fire Service in 2001, there were not many other women but now it is exciting to see all of the other women embracing the opportunities in the field.

6.  What inspires YOU ?

The spirited women in my life have always been amazing role models and inspired me to be strong, determined and to be the best that I can be.  The encouragement and support of my husband of thirty plus years also inspires me to climb the highest mountains or overcome the biggest barriers in my way.  Nothing can stop me from making a difference and helping other in the amazing community we live in.

7.  What would you say to young women of today about life, jobs, and dreams?

There are so many new opportunities for young women in today’s society.  Set your goals high and dream big because there is nothing in life that you cannot achieve through hard work, dedication and perseverance.  You CAN do anything you want to do!

Reach for the stars!!