Mindy grew up in Belleville and originally pursued a career in teaching in British Columbia. After running an outdoor education program with a forestry focus, she realized that she was in the wrong career. She packed her bags and returned to Ontario to complete the Forestry Technician program at Algonquin College. After graduation, she gained experience on the west coast doing harvest block layout and silviculture, followed by tree marking in Central Ontario. She jumped at the chance to work at BMFC when she was hired as a silviculture technician in April 2020 and is thrilled make a permanent home in the Bancroft area.