Education and Professional Qualifications

Post-Secondary Education

2002 - 2009 - PhD, Holistic & Aesthetic Education - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

1998 - 2000 - MSW, Individuals, Families and Groups, Multicultural Studies Certificate - Wilfrid Laurier University

1994 - 1998 - BA, Honours - Psychology & Drama - University of Guelph

Awards and Distinctions

Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education Doctoral Dissertation Award (2010).

Nominated for The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC Early in Career Award, 2012 and 2013.

Arts Zone Grant, University of Toronto, to perform doctoral dance research to Toronto community (2009).

Best Supporting Actress: Mercutio (female) in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet (2000).


Lead Developer and Organizer - Spearheaded implementation of a Vancouver site UNBC Bachelor of Social Work cohort (2013-2020). In the 2013-2014 academic year, with the support of Dawn Hemingway, the Chair of the School of Social Work, Dean Blanca Schorcht, and upper administration, I voluntarily helped to establish and organize for a UNBC BSW Vancouver cohort. This included meeting with Langara administration and the Langara SSWK faculty, establishing an agreement, creating a preliminary budget, liaising with Langara and UNBC to advertise through postering.

Vancouver Field Coordinator - Established and built alliances (2014-current) with Vancouver based social services agencies, Health Authorities, and Ministry of Children and Family Development. I also organized 3rd year & 4th year BSW practicums for Vancouver cohort.

Member of Leadership Team for Centre for Women’s Health Research - Women North Network / Northern FIRE Researcher (2010-present). The leadership team co-supervised 1 undergraduate CIHR award recipient in 2014, 2 undergraduate CIHR award recipients in 2013 and 1 graduate student research assistant in 2013.