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Instructional influences

My work is influenced by the following: 

  • Androgogy and the ideas of Malcolm Knowles
  • J.M. Carroll's Minimalism design 
  • John Keller's ARCS Model of motivational design
  • Learner-Centred Principles 
  • SECTIONS model of Bates and Poole for selecting technologies
  • Providing a high quality final product 
  • Pragmatism and common sense


Dynamic, self-motivated, experienced project and business development professional looking to contribute to the development of e-learning/distance education in a post-secondary environment. 

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Work experience


The Employment and Education Centre (EEC)

Manager of Special Projects

Focus on developing projects to fill gaps in the local labour market.  Further develop my project management skills by researching, writing and securing grants to fund special projects.  Listen to the needs of both employers and potential employees to bridge the knowledge and skills gaps in our community. Ensured all project objectives were met, all reporting requirements attended to and all spending within budget guidelines.


Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service (VCARS)

Executive Director

Developed service agreements with five police services in Leeds and Grenville to provide on scene support to victims of crime and tragic circumstances by a team of fully trained volunteers.  Administered all aspects of the program including volunteer recruitment, training and debriefing.  Had the program fully operational within six months of coming on-board. 


Independent Contractor

Trainer and Project Manager

Presented over 200 public and on-site seminars and keynotes for a variety of clients, nationally and internationally. Designed, marketed and delivered teleclasses using telephone and internet technology. Delivered teleclasses for CoachU, a coach training organization.  

Project management work included the research, design and development of seminars related to Enhancing Community Response to Violence, Cybersafety, Police and Community engagement as well as team work, communication skills and emotional intelligence.   All workbooks were researched, written and designed by me. 


Hostelling International - Ontario East Region

Executive Director

Oversaw all aspects of the operation including responding to the priorities of the Board of Directors, budget creation and management, staff selection and training, coordination with National Office and other regional associations. Managed a Regional Office, staff of 30, budget of $500,000 and reported to the Board of Directors.


Various Non-profits


Previous to my transition as a independent contract trainer I worked for the Canadian Cancer Society, the MS Society and the Canadian Red Cross Society.  During those early years of my career I developed skills in organization, planning, marketing, communication and fundraising. 

My proudest accomplishment during that time was the recruitment of over 5000 potential donors to the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry.  This was achieved by consistent work to educate the general public of the need for donors.  I traveled Eastern Ontario providing one hour information sessions to audiences from 20 to 300.  


Jan 2011Present

Athabasca University

M.ed, Education (distance education)

Currently in the final year of studies towards my M.ed with a specialization in e-learning/distance education at Athabasca University. 

Working title of my thesis is:  Rapport in a graduate level distance education program: Are faculty and students on the same page?

Studying at a distance has provided me with unique insights into the distance student experience.  Exposure to a variety of instructors and instructional design models has allowed me to learn what works in practical application.