I am passionate and dedicated to the holistic wellbeing of children, youth, and families. Practice with a solution focused perspective with narrative and cognitive behaviour approaches.
Organizations worked with include:
Taldumande; Sydney, Australia | 2009-2011
Designed program while maintaining caseload, housing, and intra-agency collaboration.
Nevis Island Administration; Nevis, West Indies | 2005-2009
Co-developed youth policy, developed and sustained a variety of youth programs, met department objectives with final year in role of acting youth coordinator. Designed and facilitated workshops and training programs for government staff and the community.
Casa Guatemala; Rio Dulce, Guatemala | 2004-2005
Coordinated youth programs and facilitated communication and counseling groups.
Youth Institutions; Sydney, Australia; Edmonton & Nanaimo, Canada | 2002-2011
Crisis relief, intervention and support to public & private sector organizations for youth homelessness, addictions recovery, mental health, abuse and neglect, grief and loss.
New Creation, Auroville, India | 1998-1999
Taught English and Art classes.
Masters of Education (Educational Psychology) merit
University of Sydney; Sydney, Australia | 2011
Qualitative research design explored different mediums to reach ‘at-risk’ urban youth in Sydney. Study suggests that online strategies engineered in collaboration with target group may increase youth interest and participation.
Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care distinction
University of Vancouver Island; Nanaimo, Canada | 2004
A variety of full-year practicum placements enhanced and role-modeled effective practice. Program was student-centered with emphasis on experiential learning.
Leadership | Collaboration | Counseling | Project Design and Development | Creativity
I'm passionate about empowering people to care about themselves & inspiring people to care about/ connect with each other. Also passionate about connections to out planet, the outdoors, & adventures!
Adventure Learning - Where does our stuff come from? The World By Cycle project is about exploring the origin of regular stuff like a t-shirt, shoes, and school bag. While we bicycle around the globe we aspire to engage and connect students in the experience. We will visit the farms, design houses, manufacturing sites, factories, etc., where stuff is grow, developed, produced to unearth the people and stories behind everyday things. By working with innovators in technology to develop platforms that engage people in the experience, and allow collaboration among individuals and groups, we aspire to not only inform an audience but foster solution development to some of the challenges faced in communities and environments across the globe.
Balancing a spoon on my nose ;) Now you do though!
TED talks have inspired my practice and direction with the World By Cycle project. I love this platform and ideas shared. I have borrowed from Sugata Mitra, John Hunter, Zoe Weil, Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, and JR among many others.
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