About

This is quite possibly the “way too much about me” section.

Something I didn’t say on another page: I will do everything I can to encourage development of a locally developed Humane Education curriculum. Compassion and empathy for all living things are going to be very important as we find our way though the challenges of the future, and they are important attributes right now.   I believe Humane Education is part of social responsibility. Everything on this planet is connected.

I’ve had a lifelong association with public education as a student and parent and as  a worker in CUPE, and as a  teacher in the   ATA and BCTF / GVTA. My teaching specialities are literacy,  special education, learning assistance, and Reading Recovery early intervention.

I believe union principles are principles of social justice and at their best, of transparent process. I’ve served my colleagues as local union staff representative in schools, as the President of  the Local Specialists Association for Special Education, and as Local Bargaining and Contract Chair,  and 1st Vice President for the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association.  I wrote for and edited the GVTA Advocate newsletter, and served as GVTA liaison to the Victoria Labour Council and Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. I served as Aboriginal Education liaison for my school, and with the the support of District Aboriginal Education staff over many years,  organized events honouring Aboriginal students,families, and heritage.

My motion is on record as having originated recognition of Aboriginal Territory at all union local meetings, and on the masthead of the GVTA Advocate newspaper. I worked on the local Equity in Hiring Agreement, and the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association was in the forefront of establishing such agreements province-wide.

My motion to end the presence of bottled water at union local meetings was made before the provincial union policy came into place and demonstrated early recognition of the damage bottled water creates on many levels.

Life is a series of choices, and I am conscious of the effect our choices have.

My memberships and interests include: Early Music Society of the Islands (former Board Member);Uminari Taiko drum group student; Orca Network volunteer, raising awareness of the endangered Southern Resident orcas.I’m a supporter of The  Dogwood Initiative;The Land Conservancy;SPCA BC; Medecins Sans Frontieres. I have a current membership in
the Victoria Beacon Hill NDP Constituency Association, and Mensa.

Participation in community activities includes attending local and Vancouver Cohen Wild Salmon Commission sessions and events, two years of CRD meetings regarding the Juan de Fuca lands, DOTS BC: Development of Treatment Services Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Services planning meetings and Rally September 10, Student Debt rally,
Stop Smart Meters banner drop September 15 and rally September 18, LIfecyles urban apple tree pick.

EDUCATION
University of Alberta: Teaching Certificate
Secretarial training, Victoria
University of Victoria: Bachelor of Education
University of Victoria French Language Diploma Program
Whale Museum, Friday Harbour: Naturalist Diploma
Royal Roads University: MBA : completed in 2 years as full time student while working full time
30 years of professional workshops and seminars related to teaching specialities,
focused on learning challenges, autism, sexual abuse prevention, gay-straight alliances, Reading Recovery

WORK HISTORY
Hospital ward aide, retail food service
Public School, Grade Four, Alberta
Public School, Grade Seven, Saanich
Community volunteer: Sooke Museum, Community Health, Sooke Single Parent Resource Centre
Teacher on Call, Edmonton, Sooke, Saanich, Victoria
YM/YWCA Family Support outreach worker
ICBC family support / education contractor
Elder care, housekeeping
Classroom assistant, SD62 (CUPE)
Instructor, Grade One – Grade 12, Victoria READ Society
Public School Teacher / Multidisciplinary Team Leader , Victor School
Public school teacher, SD61 Greater Victoria Schools : Arbutus, Queen Alexandra School, Frank Hobbs, Rogers: Special education, learning support, Aboriginal Education liaison, Reading Recovery
Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association (BCTF Local 61) Contract Chair / Barganing; 1st VP