Graduate Student - Master’s of Community Planning, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo


  • 20 years experience in Community Development and Community Art Development 

  • BHE in Family Social Sciences with minor in Community Studies, University of Manitoba.

  • Professional artist with a personal practice and a community art practice.

  • Successful grant writing, creating budgets, reporting and evaluation.

  • Experience supervising and leading teams of people, either as volunteers or employees.

  • Skilled large group facilitator.

  • Extensive work-related travel across Canada including NWT and Nunavut.

  • Certificates in Woodworking and Permaculture Design.


Community Work:

  • Worked 20 years in Community Development with non-profit organizations with a focus on women’s advocacy, arts education, food security, children, youth and family health, Indigenous and Newcomer families.

  • Chairperson for Art from the Heart Inc, a non-profit organization that supports low income artist.

  • Community volunteer with neighbourhood residence association (Point Douglas Residence Association) and neighbourhood women’s centre (Point Douglas Women’s Centre).

Planning Work:

  • Research Assistant at Vancouver Island University for various projects with themes of Accessibility, Homelessness, Placemaking and Community Planning

  • Community consultation for Nanaimo Advantage

  • Facilitate “World Cafe” on VIU campus

  • Creating maps with themes of policy, circulation, character and density.

  • Urban Design workshop with Michael Von Hausen

  • SWOT analysis on Downtown Nanaimo

  • Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel, PowerPoint, Open Street Map,  drawing and design skills.

Art Related Work:

  • Arts Educator with a lens of community development and anti-racism - Manitoba Arts Council with School Divisions across Manitoba, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art City, Graffiti Arts Programming and Arts Junktion.

  • Integrating arts into elementary school curriculum with inner city teachers in Winnipeg School Division #1.

  • Artist in Residence - Knowles Centre, a rehabilitation centre for teenagers with partners Winnipeg Arts Council and The City of Winnipeg - created a permanent public art piece.


Research Assistant to Dr. Pam Shaw, Community Planning, VIU (Current)
Research Assistant to Dr. Linda Derksen, Accessibility mapping, VIU (Current)
Consultant, Holland Planning Innovations, Victoria, BC (Current)
MCP Library Coordinator, MCP Vancouver Island University, (Jan 2018 – Current)
Artist, Artist in the Schools, Nanaimo, BC (Jan 2018 - Current)
Artist, Winnipeg Arts Council, (September 2017 – December 2018)
Arts Educator and Facilitator, Art City, Winnipeg, MB (December 2000-2018)
Artist, Artist in the Schools, Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba (2014-2018)
Artist, Engaging Fusion, Winnipeg School Division #1, Winnipeg, MB (2015-2018)
Information Collector, Communities for Families, Winnipeg, MB (Jan-March 2017)
Consultant, Spence Neighbourhood Association, Winnipeg, MB (June-Aug 2017)
Crew Leader & Enumerator, Statistics Canada, Northwest Territories and Nunavut (2011 & 2016)
Community Support Worker, Champlain School, Winnipeg, MB (2012-2014)
Communications Coordinator, UN Platform for Action Committee, Winnipeg, MB (2005-2007)


  • 2019, Planning Institute of BC, Community Planning Scholarship

  • 2017, Winnipeg Arts Council, WITHART

  • 2017, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art Express’d/Art Exprimé (Canada 150)

  • 2015, Culture Days - Nuit Blanche

  • 2015, Manitoba Arts Council, Artist-in-the-School

  • 2014, Manitoba Arts Council, ArtsSmarts 11

  • 2010, Video Pool, New Artist in New Media Grant

  • 2009, Manitoba Arts Council, Visual Arts C Grant

  • 2008, MAWA, mentorship with KC Adams