BSW, University of Calgary (1996); MSW, University of Calgary (2018)
Instructor, Human Services
I have been a social worker for 25 years. I worked for 23 years with the Ministry of Children and Family Development as a front-line child protection social worker, a supervisor of an integrated service team, and as a director with the Ministry’s Provincial Practice Branch. I began teaching at Selkirk College in 2018.
I earned my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Calgary in 1996. After 20 years of working in the social work field I returned to the University of Calgary to earn my Master of Social Work Degree with a specialty in Leadership in Human Services. In 2014 I received a Premiers Award in the Emerging Leader category in recognition of the work I’ve done in the area of community development, service coordination, and collaborative practice.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is a philosophy that I aspire to live by. I value learning and professional growth, which I believe is achieved through reflection and taking risks. I also value curiosity and the perspectives of others, and I view each interaction with others as an opportunity to learn and grow. My social work practice is rooted in relationships, reflective practice, a strengths-based and solution-focussed approach, knowledge based on both research evidence and practice wisdom, and a strong commitment to reconciliation.