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Summary

A passionate and experienced leader and life-long learner in the field of social and ecological justice and sustainability, I value the challenging and empowering inner and inter-personal development process inherent in this work. 

MSc in Education for Sustainability with a focus on community leadership and transformational learning.

  • My Master's thesis explored the connection between an individual's values framework and their preferred learning style, as well as how this influences their engagement, conversation, and capacity for transformational learning around sustainability issues and goals.

Key qualifications:

  • Effective collaborative leadership skills including change management and conflict resolution
  • Proficient in the design and delivery of transformational learning experiences
  • Strong commitment to social and ecological justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Extensive experience working with diverse groups including First Nations, marginalized youth, addicts, and people struggling with mental health
  • Whole systems thinker with a strong capacity to work with emergent change dynamics
  • Advanced writing and communications skills, familiar with Client Relationship Management Systems
  • Well-developed capacity for analysis and evaluation including skilled use of strategic planning and measurement tools such as creating performance indicators, back-casting, use of Outcomes Frameworks, and SWOT analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality project outcomes both independently and in a team setting
  • Strong revenue and budget development, management, and reporting skills
  • Experience managing mixed staff and volunteer based operations
  • Thorough knowledge and use of a wide range of social media platforms – website design and management, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Highlighted Achievements:

  • Successfully lead the implementation of an agricultural training project funded by the provincial government targeted towards participants with multiple barriers. The program was a resounding success and resulted in all participants significantly moving ahead in their learning and livelihood.
  • Played a key leadership role in the transformation of a local waste management system, a process which included a high level of challenging community engagement and conflict resolution.
  • Co-visioned a community educational garden with a group of volunteers and successfully managed all aspects of project development including design, installation, communications and publications, delegation, fund-raising, project accounting, and reporting.

“I am eager to collaborate with like-minded change agents who have a passion for co-creating a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world.” 

Selected Projects

Apr 2015Mar 2016

Project Director, Cowichan Agriculture Training Program

Cowichan Green Community
  • A pilot project delivered by the Cowichan Green Community (CGC) for participants interested in exploring a meaningful livelihood in local, ecologically sustainable agriculture and food systems. 
  • This position involved all aspects of project design, organization, and delivery including:
    • Schedule planning and implementation
    • Recruiting participants
    • Sourcing and engaging guest speakers and professional facilitators
    • Sourcing and acquiring theme appropriate learning content 
    • Coordinating all program related events
    • Designing and facilitating workshop sessions, often under very tight timelines
    • On-going analysis of program efficacy and on-the-ground change management
    • Budget management, evaluation, and reporting
    • Working with multiple stakeholders with diverse interests such as farmer mentors, professional speakers, colleagues at CGC, and the project funder (Province of BC)
    • Coaching and mentoring project participants
    • Writing articles for local media, posting to Twitter and Facebook, creating and maintaining project webpage
    • Conflict resolution through compassionate communication

Dec 2014Present

Co-creator

One Small Move Wellzone
  • One Small Move Wellzone offers wellness services for teams and organizations in the form of dynamic workshops, online learning modules, print based resources, and other fun stuff for both teams and individuals around holistic well-being, organizational, and personal sustainability.
  • My role includes:
    • Website design, content management, and blogging
    • Creating and editing learning videos 
    • Designing and facilitating group workshops 
    • Revenue development 

Jul 2012Present

Founding Director, CoChair

Thetis Island Nature Conservancy (ThINC)

ThINC is Thetis Island's first grassroots conservation organization. Within its 4 years of existence our volunteer board has raised close to $1,000,000 in private donations, grants, and eco-gifts for local land acquisition projects we've spearheaded, and offered community educational initiatives such kid's eco day-camps and our recent Community Ocean LearnFest. My role includes:

    • Organizing board meeting agendas
    • Facilitating meetings, including Annual General Meetings
    • Designing and facilitating annual Year in Review presentations
    • Writing articles and designing posters for community publications
    • Managing Facebook and Twitter 
    • Co-design and maintenance of website
    • Design and facilitation of community learning activities and events
    • Revenue development, fund securement, and grant-writing
    • Collaboration with multiple stakeholders
    • On-going measurement and evaluation regarding the efficacy of the organization's activities

Jan 2013Apr 2015

Recycling System Manager and Community Education Lead

Thetis Island Resident and Ratepayers Association
  • Local recycling system management including:
    • Staff and volunteer oversight
    • Monitoring materials flow
    • Financial accounting and reporting.
    • Data analysis, evaluation, and change management
  • Design and present learning content to engage the community towards waste reduction, including:
    • Planning and delivering community workshops and events
    • Collaborating with multiple stakeholders
    • Developing fun and engaging games, incentives, and celebrations
    • Client/community relationship management
    • Writing regular articles and newsletters
    • Writing and designing Recycling Guidelines pamphlets

May 15, 2003May 1, 2004

Team Leader

Environmental Youth Alliance

My role as a team leader with a group of at risk youth involved in designing and installing a Native Plant Nursery at the Strathcona Community Garden in East Vancouver.

  •  Developed and facilitated project related learning activities for the group
  •  Provided leadership on the ground in hands-on work
  •  Encouraged and mentored participants
  • Assisted project supervisor as needed with planning, implementation, trouble-shooting, and group dynamics

Education and Training

Sep 2010May 2014

MSc Education for Sustainability

London South Bank University

An internationally accredited post-graduate program co-developed by UNESCO and Oxfam that explores the ecological, social, and economic dynamics of local and global sustainability issues and aims within the umbrella of formal and informal life-long learning. Learning themes included:

  • Values and participation in EFS; from local to global
  • Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
  • Theory and perspectives on environment and development
  • Science and culture in education for sustainability
  • Researching education for Sustainability

 Completed with Distinction

May2015

Personality Dimensions Training

Workplace Training Session

Personality Dimensions is a learning system that helps people identify and explore their own unique blend of dominant and secondary personality characteristics that have been categorized within four base colour groups: Authentic Blue, Organizing Gold, Inquiring Green, and Resourceful Orange.  This is a beneficial exploration both for building self-awareness as well as appreciative consideration of personality diversity within groups.  My colour typology is dominated by blue-green. However I do like to organize and I'm very resourceful!

Aug2013

Social Permaculture Leadership Training

O.U.R Ecovillage

Presented by Starhawk at O.U.R Ecovillage in Shawnigan lake, this week long leadership training focused on personal reflection and development through applying the ethics and principles of permaculture to a social leadership context in non-profit and community organizations. The ethics of permaculture are Care for Earth, Care for People, and Fair Sharing. The twelve design principles are: Observe and interact, Catch and store energy, Obtain a yield, Apply self-regulation and accept feedback, Use and value renewable resources and services, Produce no waste, Design from patterns to details, Integrate rather than segregate, Use small and slow solutions, Use and value diversity, Use edges and value the marginal, Creatively use and respond to change.

Sep 2004Aug 2005

Holistic Nutrition 

Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

Intensive, full spectrum training in the field of Holistic Nutrition, including the completion of 15 comprehensive case studies. Obtained all qualifications required to be a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

Completed with First Class Honours

Sep 1999May 2001

Horticultural Technology and Integrated Pest Management

University of the Fraser Valley

Full spectrum of plant and soil sciences, entomology, plant pathology, crop and landscape management, as well as scientific research writing, business plan development, peer reviews, and journalism. Developed a winning enterprise project business plan based on an organic Community Supported Agriculture cooperative.

Dean’s List Honour Roll 2001- chosen as project manager to design and implement college community garden

Portfolio

Interests and Personal Wellness Practice

Family time, daily forest walking, tai chi, permaculture, gardening, foraging, fermenting, crochet,  compassionate communication, contemplative mindfulness, amateur herbalism, eco-spiritual practice.