Born in the Canadian Shield of northern Ontario ancestral home of the Algonquin, Chippewa and Ojibway peoples, means that rocks and the forest are in my blood. Between then and now, I lived on the Prairies, Southern Ontario, and in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. Whether working with national non-profit organizations with mission & vision development, the Alberta Ministry of Health undertaking needs assessments and policy development, or in the City of Palmerston North's planning department - I have been committed to serving my community. My interest in the public sector began with an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Resource Development and Planning from the University of Guelph.
I love my job. I meet people who chose to visit our Art Gallery that call Singapore or Oslo or Perth, Australia home. I meet people who once worked here, played here or fell in love with art here. I learn from people whose vision is beyond mine. I see passion from long-time members and supporters about art and artists. And most of all, I can visit other points of view or cultures each time I enter an exhibition, and they, for that moment, become my own.
Thirty years of experience with community & organizational coordination, public consultation, and goal and strategy development, has led me to work for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Thirty years of missing a rocky treed landscape, has led me to Victoria. Both places are exactly where I want to be.