Articles Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Allison McLaughlan

Women of Inspiration™ Podcast – Allison McLaughlan | CEO, Kelowna Womens Shelter | @kelownawomensshelter

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I was born and raised on the West coast of Scotland before moving to Canada in 2009. I have an older brother and we grew up in what I can only describe as a normal working-class Scottish family. I have two beautiful, strong and outspoken daughter who are forging their own paths in life and it is a joy to watch them grow. My husband is one of the most supportive people I have ever met and his willingness to go where my dreams take us is amazing.

I did not enjoy the academic part of school, I did however enjoy the social side and was often in trouble much to my parent’s dismay. As a young person I would often hear these two phrases, “You could achieve so much more if you applied yourself” and “There is too much nonsense in your head”. My childhood labels of “Class clown” “Trouble maker” and “Disruptive” would certainly support this perception. I left education and my home as fast as I could.

At the age of 17 I joined The Royal Air Force. A career no one saw me excelling in given my lack of ability to follow the rules and take orders. Despite this lack of confidence I spent four years in this career and loved every minute of it and for the first time in my short life I felt a part of a bigger cause.

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