I have a BA(H) in Sociology from Acadia University, a BSW and MSW (specialising in Leadership in International Social Work) from the University of Calgary and have recently completed my PhD from the University of Edinburgh. I have practice experience with youth in Canada, Vanuatu, England, St. Lucia and Scotland. I have worked with older populations in Florida and have volunteered with HIV organiations in Canada, Vanuatu, St. Lucia, England and Scotland.
I also volunteer my time with the Centre for Social Work Practice, EndometriosisUK and the Old Trout Puppet Workshop
When I'm not working you can find me out in the hills or in a yoga studio.
My research interests centre on how to support social workers as well as a strong interest in international social work and tying in the environment/outdoor education to social work practice and curriculum. Recently I've been looking at the lived experience of child and family social workers, focussing on the emotions of shame and guilt. I would like to dive deeper into various emotions involved with being a social worker. My interests for international social work range from child protection, HIV/AIDS, trafficking and environmental refugees.