Allyson Tufts is a new author that has had many meaningful careers to date. For many years, she followed her passion to work in non-profit. She worked as a Campaign Manager for United Way, heading up a campaign along with a group of staff and volunteers that raised over a million dollars to go back into the community. From there she followed her passion to work for a non-profit organization called Hospice, which is an organization that cares for people who are suffering from a life threatening illness with no known cure. Allyson sat at the bedside of several palliative patients at the end of their journey and facilitated several grief support groups for children and adults who were left behind. Three years ago she returned to work in Human Resources. While working part time, she decided to return to school in 2013 to obtain her diploma in Social Work where she graduated on the Dean’s List.
Throughout her career, her proudest accomplishment has been that of being a wife and mother to her husband and two children. It was raising her kids and watching her son play hockey that brought her back to her childhood love of writing. Spending so much time in the rink was a source of joy and extreme stress. Watching her brothers, husband, and young billet could never prepare her for the stress of standing behind her son's net for his debut as a goalie. As a woman who suffers from anxiety, the only thing that seemed to relax her was writing about her experiences. As her stories started to pile up, she realized that not only were they funny and witty, but most importantly, they could be helpful to other parents going through the Minor Hockey experience. She decided to take the leap and put her stories into her first novel and so was born, “Lessons From Behind The Glass”.
Interview with Allyson