When Mackenzie was growing up in Oakville, she found she had a lot of energy, but didn’t have the outlet to express it.
She tried to channel her energy into sports and dance, yet she wasn’t thrilled with the structure of having to be a perfectionist to succeed. She struggled with finding something to stick to that involved high-energy exercises, and was rapidly getting tired of sitting down and watching other people.
When Mackenzie was eight, her mother went on a hunt for a program that could satisfy her daughter’s needs, and what she found would be life-changing for Mackenzie. At first, Mackenzie was shy and didn’t know her place in the group. An audition was required for admittance to the program, which she describes as a ‘whirlwind.’
Despite all this, Mackenzie succeeded.
Because of the United Way supported program, she was introduced to a passion that has been with her since she was a child, and will continue to be there in the years to come.