I am drawn to people who want to make the world a better place.
Professionally, I seek opportunities to move people and impact discourse through persuasive messages & strategic communications. And I believe giving people meaningful ways to provide input is the key to building trust, strengthening relationships, and ultimately, empowering communities.
My interests span from politics to pop culture. I’m a sucker for clever vocab and retro fonts. I’m a foodie, pet mom, singer, news junkie, and prairie gal at heart. I love deep conversation over slow meals.
I am an active member of IAP2 Canada (International Association of Public Participation), Canadian Freelance Guild (formerly the Professional Writers Association of Canada), and International Association of Facilitators.
My academic background is in journalism and French.
I am based in both Ottawa-Gatineau on the unceded Territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People and my hometown of Regina, situated on beautiful Treaty 4 Territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota People, and homeland of the Métis Nation.
- Attendee: IAF Facilitation Summit 2021
- The Nimble Facilitator, IAP2 Canada workshop 2021
- Co-chair & Attendee: IAP2 North American (Virtual) Conference 2020
- Enhancing Engagement in Virtual Facilitation, IAP2 Canada workshop 2020
- Facilitation Methods for Community Engagement, IAP2 Skills Symposium 2019
- Certificate: IAP2 Foundations for Public Participation (2016)
- Attendee: IAP2 North American Conference 2015
- Attendee: MagNet / PWAC Conference 2014
- Attendee: Web of Change (2013, 2009)
even when you don’t know where or how to start.
speak the change:
societies, industries, politics, communities – everything is evolving at a rapid pace. so too must language. be fearless in inventing new ways of describing things.
let there be light:
everything is funny. when dealing with serious and complicated matters, laughter is essential to getting to the crux of things and finding our way out again.
let’s challenge people who say ‘that’s just how we’ve always done it’. doing the same old will get us the same old. we need to dream big and forge new ways.
pick your time:
the creative process cannot be confined between 9 and 5. my best happens while the moon is up. i’m okay with that.
real growth and creativity happen beyond where we intend it to. meetings in boardrooms can be helpful, but not always fruitful. collaboration is best over coffee.
there are always others who are smarter, more creative, more insightful, better placed. let’s bring them in.
i write. my computer processes:
real creativity happens away from the keyboard. technology is a tool, not a source.