Candace Ray joined the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children, http://www.grievingchildrenlighthouse.org/, as Program Director in January of 2013. She brought with her over 20 years of experience in social work and public education. While employed as a social worker, she completed her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Vermont in 1992. She spent the next four years as a Special Educator in a public high school and earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education at the University of Vermont in 1998 before moving to Canada. In addition to her experience as a teacher and social worker, she has spent over 10 years coordinating programs and working with volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring organizations in both Canada and the United States. She is passionate and committed to supporting children, youth and their families as they face difficult life challenges.