Born and raised in a coastal town South in Norway, Sissel completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2011 and travelled to Canada in 2012 to gain work experience. She began her career with a local Community-Based Organization supporting individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities in a home setting. This is where Sissel found a passion for the field and has since held a variety of positions with the Ministry of Social Services, including Community Residential Worker, Crisis Support Therapist and Program Development Consultant. In her roles within the Ministry she has delivered various training programs, developed behavioral strategies for individuals displaying challenging behaviors, supported teams through difficult situations while building their capacity.She believes in effective and open communication between team members, while working towards common goals that benefit the individuals who are being supported.
Sissel has a strong will to learn and develop, and one of her many research interests includes intellectual disability and aging, which is what motivated her to start her Master’s Degree in Social Work through the University of Regina in 2017. Her hope is to obtain a broader understanding of the subject, as well as looking at best practice for individuals as they are entering their later stages in life.
Sissel fell in love with the country and people of Canada, and decided quickly that this is where she wanted to live on a permanent basis. She enjoys spending time with her husband Drew, her son Oliver and her two dogs Ladybug and Athena. Sissel and her family love to travel and they regularly visit friends and family in Norway.