Trustee for WINNIPEG SCHOOL DIVISION: WARD 4
My career in social services has made me aware of the needs of families and communities and given me many opportunities to engage with schools, administrators and teachers. My professional experience has included many years experience working with adolescents both as a counsellor and as a health educator. I currently work in a community health clinic supporting the physical and mental well being of adults with eating disorders. My education background is feminist counselling, group facilitation, conflict resolution and anti oppression work. I have always advocated that systemic changes are required to address the social problems and inequities that contribute to individual issues. Over the past four years I have supported policies that increased equity, helped schools become safer spaces for everyone and improved graduation rates.
I'm proud that my immediate and extended family includes more than a dozen active and retired teachers. My family legacy includes having a father and grandfather who were school board trustees in southwestern Ontario. I have also been a proud union member for more than 20 years of my working career and I appreciate the crucial role that unions play in ensuring adequate benefits and salaries for teachers, support staff and other employees in the Division. Our current board has even worked collaboratively with the Winnipeg Teacher's Association to improve safety for teachers and other school staff.
I love my adopted city, Winnipeg, and feel lucky to have settled here almost 20 years ago and to be raising a daughter within the boundaries of the Winnipeg School Division. My demonstrated commitment to social justice, decisive and compassionate decision making skills, leadership experiences and first hand knowledge as a parent in the Division have allowed me to bring a strong voice and vision to the role of trustee.
I have completed dozens of workshops and continuing education for skill development in my field of counselling and youth health education in topic areas such as addictions, eating disorders, self-harm, sexual health, and working with diversity.
I have also completed a variety of workshops with directly transferable skills to my role as a school board trustee. Highlights of these training experiences are listed here:
A few highlights: