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. 





  • Winnipeg School Division, Board of Trustees (2014-2018)
  • Manitoba School Boards Association Executive, Director Area 6 (2018)
  • National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) - Planning Committee - Biannual Conference (2014-2018)
  • Manitoba Health Network on Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating, Member (2002-2018), Co-Chair (2009-2011)
  • Klinic Community Health Centre,  Board of Directors (2008-2012)
  • Healthy Child Manitoba:  Teen Services Network, Member (2007 - 2009)
  • Manitoba Health - Provincial Working Group - Community Based Eating Disorder Intervention & Treatment (2007 - 2009)
  • Margaret Laurence Endowment in Women’s Studies Advisory Panel, Community Rep. (2006 - 2008)
  • University of Winnipeg Daycare - Parent's Advisory Board (2003-2006); Chair (2004-2006)
  • Manitoba Health: Agencies for School Health, Agency Rep.  (2002-2006)
  • Manitoba Women's Advisory Council: Roundtable on Violence Prevention, Community Member (2001-2006)
  • Youthlink (Toronto) - Board of Directors, Staff Rep. (1994-1996)





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.


  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:

  • Manitoba School Board Association annual conference - Winnipeg (2017, 2015)
  • Inspiring Public Confidence conference for policy regulators - Toronto (2016)
  • Non Defensive Communication Skills - Sharon Ellison - Edmonton (2013)
  • Meeting Facilitation Skills - Beyond Excellence Inc. - Winnipeg (2011)
  • Interpersonal Conflict Resolution - Mediation Services  - Winnipeg (2007)
  • Delivering Difficult Feedback - Mediation Services - Winnipeg (2007)
  • Aboriginal Cultural Awareness - Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (2005)
  • Volunteer Management, Level 1 - Volunteer Manitoba (2002)
  • Equity Access Training - Carl James - Toronto (1998)
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training - St. Stephen's House - Toronto (1998)
  • Program Evaluation Methods - Wilfred Laurier University - Waterloo (1996)
  • Advanced Skills of Supervision - Lawrence Schulman - Toronto (1996)





Women's Health Clinic  2000-2018

A few highlights: 

  • Contributed to the development of Mantioba's first community based Eating Disorder treatment program;  currently provide individual and group therapy, workshop development and facilitation, resource development   (2009-2018).
  • Provided general counselling services to youth (2000-2009) and reproductive health counselling to all ages (2008-2009).
  • Coordinated the Volunteer Community Education Program:  recruited, trained and supervised volunteers who delivered workshops in classrooms on the topics of self-esteem and body image.   Facilitated related workshops for guidance counsellors, teachers and early childhood educators (2002-2006).
  • Developed and facilitated Power Camp;  a spring break day camp for girls in middle school focused on decision making, sexual health, self-care, understanding emotions, and healthy bodies (2009).
  • Provided training workshops for many audiences including at the Canadian Mental Health Association Eating Disorder Conference (Manitoba, 2012), Women's Worlds Global Feminist Conference (Ottawa, 2011), National Child and Youth Care Conference (PEI, 2008), Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Tobacco Control Strategy Conference (Toronto, 2002).
  • Served effectively on numerous multi disciplinary committees and working groups including the agency Leadership Committee and the Psychological Health and Safety Working Group. Have served on multiple hiring committees and participated in program evaluation.  



Consultant, Facilitator & Writer  (Self-Employed)  2006-2018

  • Provided consultation, workshop facilitation, written resources and media interviews on the topics of self-esteem, body image, and youth engagement for the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, Harbinger Communications, Chatelaine Magazine, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Manitoba Women's Advisory Council, Ogilvy & Maher, Lotus Leaf Communications, Glow Magazine, PLAN Canada, and Toronto District School Board's Girls On The Move Program
  • Engaged with parents, children and teachers in urban centres across Canada and in northern Manitoba through workshop facilitation.  
  • Wrote for Alive: Canada's Natural Health Magazine, Blush: For the Modern Mother magazine, The Magazine, the Dove Self-Esteem Fund and the Dove.ca channel on MSN. Guest Blogger for the Canadian Girl Guides and for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.


​Youthlink  (Ontario) 1992-1999  

  • Program supervisor for two treatment programs: a residential mental health program and a day treatment classroom. Managed properties and annual budget. Supervised a staff team of twelve.  Developed community partnerships and participated in strategic planning and first agency accreditation process.  (1996-1999)
  • Chair of Non-Discrimination Policy & Procedure development committee. (1997-1999)
  • Individual counselling and case management for clients 13-19; facilitated peer support and life skills education programs.  (1992-1996)
  • Staff representative to Board of Directors (1994-1996)

Other relevant employment experiences

  • ​​Wrote, marketed and toured a sexual-exploitation prevention workshop for teachers and church youth leaders; delivered workshops throughout northern and central Ontario (1991 - 1993)  
  • Program coordinator for YMCA First Stop, a street outreach program in Toronto. Role included writing funding proposals, program promotion, staff coordination and outreach to families in crisis. (1989-1990)




  • Canada C3 Alumni provided mentorship to Students on Ice alumni for  grant proposal writing (2018)
  • Canada C3 Alumni: hosted Nunavut youth travelling to participate Students on Ice (2018)
  • Winnipeg FrontRunners Pride Run  volunteer (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Youth Advisor for First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg (2012-2017)
  • Sexual Health Facilitator for youth - Our Whole Lives (OWL)  (2011-2017)
  • ​Winnipeg Folks Festival Volunteer (2015)
  • Harvest Food Bank Volunteer  (2011-2014)
  • Habitat for Humanity - Women's Build (2011)
  • Crisis Support Counsellor - Camp Aurora (for LGBTTQ* youth) - (summers 2007 & 2008)
  • North End Stella Mission Volunteer (1999-2000)
  • Facts of Life Line Volunteer - Sexuality Education Resource Centre (1999-2000)
  • Children's Support Group Facilitator - Bereaved Families of Ontario  (1998-1999)
  • Support Group Facilitator - Gay and Lesbian Counselling Centre of Toronto  (1991-1992)
  • Safe Walk Escort - Toronto Morgentaler Clinic (1987-1990)  
  • Crisis Phone Line Volunteer - AIDS Committee of Toronto  (1987-1988)