A story from the North: I was born in southern Ireland in a convent to an unwed mother, raised in working class Britain, ran away from home at 14, spent several years on the street emerging from that world into single motherhood. With 2 children I began University when I was 28 and eventually graduated with a Ph.D. My roots keep me honest and motivated. I am most interested in work that connects ordinary people with avenues to make change happen.
I have lived in Northern BC since 1994, when I took up an appointment at UNBC for one year and decided to stay here. Since then I have been so fortunate in working and learning alongside some of the best teachers in community development, healthy community development and health equity from the academic, community and health professional perspectives.
An important part of my role is engaging and sustaining safer spaces for residents to be able to take up issues in their community and find ways forward together. This usually means you can find me helping to custom design workshops and acting as facilitator, coach, graphic recorder and assisting communities or groups with innovative techniques and well establishing public participation approaches, methods and processes. My premise is that if we create the right space with the right tools in the right way, with the right people in the room, the right results will emerge. Many of these rooms hold a diversity of people, from highly educated to front line workers and well informed community members. Great facilitation can unlock the power, vision, and actions of the workers and dreamers in our midst and change our world.