I am a consultant, researcher, writer, and instructor and am deeply involved in community. I live and work on the traditional territory of the ɬəʔamɛn (Tla’amin) People, who are a self-governing Nation.
My research and practice prioritize health and wellness of children, families, and communities through the pursuit of social and structural justice.
Through this work I have been a co-founding member of the Post Growth Institute, a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, an associate with the Taos Institute, and a member of the global Community Economies Collective.
Six generations before my time, my ancestors migrated from England to the island of Newfoundland (where I was born and lovingly raised), contributing to the displacement of the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq people on whose traditional territory they/we settled, uninvited. I am endeavouring to learn my own history – which continues with this life I live now – and examine what it means to live with respect: for those who came before me, share this earth with me, and will be here generations after me.
I have taught in the Department of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria, Canada (in the School of Child and Youth Care), and am an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. I have also taught in the Health and Human Services Department at Vancouver Island University, and in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University. Prior to that, I worked in group homes, camps, an after-school program, an orphanage, and a family resource centre, and as family initiatives worker and family enhancement worker.
I currently participate in research and community engagement as a consultant, and sit on the board of the Powell River Division of Family Practice. I am involved in a number of initiatives committed to decolonization and intergenerational/ intercultural engagement. And I thoroughly enjoy volunteering in many ways in our community.
To reach me for research, engagement, or writing, please email: email@example.com