Where Nelly is today is the outcome of a series of small yet pivotal journeys that shaped the direction of her life's work.
Her career spans several different job spheres, all connected by the common thread that is her hunger for purpose, and her aspiration to better society.
Her vocational path began as a teacher, both in the context of education and community. She found herself in the middle of various conflicts and situations, between parents, children, school administrators, students. Helping to resolve these problems offered her the chance to better understand some of the issues that people face, and the different dynamics at play in each, which allowed her to develop a deeper awareness of the human condition. Eventually, she reached a point where the combination of her hunger for purpose, the risk of complacency from the security of being a teacher with a pension, and the bureaucratic and legislative restrictions that accompany teaching led her to her next path as a missionary.
As a missionary, Nelly worked as a counselor, connecting with people and groups and helping to walk them through issues in their lives, such as marriage crisis, family crisis, addiction, and childhood abuse. A lot of her work as a missionary involved traveling to different places in North America, and one very poignant stopover was in Los Angeles where she spent time living in a community that was very entrenched in drug culture. She was taken to a place where a local couple regularly gathered expired food, such as produce and meat, and spread the expired food out on a tarp out in front of their house and people from the neighbourhood would come to feed themselves. It was a very kind gesture on the part of the couple, but was shocking to see so many people accept this as an option to sustain themselves. This moment fueled Nelly's fire and made her want to champion social issues in society. It was after this that she realized that what was being done just provided temporary Band-aid solutions to bigger problems that need solving. These were the kind of problems that could only be fixed by government.
For Nelly, running for office is about trying to do the life work she's been doing in terms of restoring peoples' lives and bettering society from a position where she has the authority to make the changes that would most benefit those that need it.