Wow where was this site in 2013? I started off in the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College, and dropped out by the beginning of second semester. My depression was quite debilitating at the time and it was all I could do to get out of bed in the morning. With the help of my family I recovered enough to give it a second go with the Art Fundamentals program, also at Sheridan College. I can't say for sure why this also didn't work out but long story short I dropped out after a few months. Third time's the charm as they say (although not for me I guess!) and I went into an accelerated Paramedic Program at a private college near my home, and lasted about three months there before dropping out a third time. I'm quite the pro at it now! I never intend on going back to school, and I think I certainly gave it a fair try.

This next chapter of my life is beginning and has been successful so far for the past year, so I have high hopes!

Having dropped out for the third time my depression and anxiety had reached another peak, and I knew I had to take it easy for a little while. The thing is without having school to attend or a job to go to, I had no reason to leave the house, and certainly no one to socialize with. At the advice of my therapist I began searching for some kind of volunteer position, as this would be far less of a commitment then a job, and I could just do as much as I wanted to until I was beginning to feel like myself again. This is how I found The Friends of the Aviary or The Hamilton Aviary. I have had birds (parrots) since I was twelve and had always wanted to work with them more.

Finding the aviary was like a dream come true, and I was able to develop my skills in the handling of parrots, and (almost more importantly) prove to my parents that this is something that I am both passionate and good at! (haha not that I'm not passionate or good at the other things I have tried, this field was just more of a long shot for a successful career than my previous choices).

With my parents blessing I opened a parrot sitting business run from my home (where I still live with my parents, hence needing their approval) called Maple Springs Aviary.

I opened my doors for business on July 1st 2018, and will break even in the next half a year if things keep going as well as they have been. I am so proud of everything that I have achieved in the past year or so, and am expecting an amazing future for my business!

My ultimate goal for my career's future, is to keep learning, and connect with experts in the Parrot Behaviour industry, to keep expanding my knowledge so that I can eventually provide my clients with new services like training, behaviour workshops, toy making workshops, and possibly open my own rescue eventually!

I am so excited to be a part of this new community, and hope that I can both offer and receive support from like minded individuals! If you own parrots send me a message telling me about them! I love hearing about people's feathered friends!
Aug 24, 1995 (Age: 24)
Carlisle Ontario


Claire Heffernan

Maple Springs Aviary


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