In the case of Sonya Theriault, (pictured below) one of our direct support professionals on our Maine team, her hobby might be considered unusual by some.
And we love that here at Living Innovations. Because we embrace – and encourage – the unusual, the creativity, the simple zest for life that all our employees have.
And we recognize the need all of our direct support professionals have to unwind at the conclusion of their workdays.
Sonya, 33, a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in kinesiology, unwinds by playing roller derby as a member of the “Calamity Janes” in the Professional Women’s Roller Derby League in Maine!
She says a friend introduced her to the sport and she was immediately hooked.
“I’m also a certified personal trainer and I’m always looking for a fun exercise to try. At first, I was terrified of it, but when you start hitting your friends it feels pretty good,” she laughs.
After an incubation period learning about the sport at the Derby Skate Club, Sonya joined the Professional Women’s Roller Derby League last June. She was then assigned to her team in November.
She says the league is filled with professional women, many of whom also work in healthcare. They laugh about “hitting” each other.
“It’s cheaper than therapy to get on skates and hit our friends,” Sonya says.
Sonya Theriault. Just one of a plethora of cool people you could meet when you join our team!