POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING 2015-2016: ManageMentor—Leadership Resource Centre (Harvard Business Publishing) 2013-2015: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology—Candidate (Yorkville University, Fredericton, NB) 2006-2013: Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care—Specialization: Indigenous Populations (University of Victoria, Victoria, BC) 2002-2004: University Open Studies Program (Northern Lakes College, Peace River, AB) 2001-2003: Certificate in Youth Restorative Justice (Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, Edmonton, AB) 2001-2003: Non-violent Crisis Intervention, Effective Communication, Suicide Prevention (K-Division, Edmonton, AB) 1993-1995: Diploma in Early Childhood Development (Grande Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie, AB)
Youth Triathlon Events Planner (2014-2015), Falher & Area Beautification & Leisure Activities Society Family Advocacy & Quality Mentorship (2003-2006), Family Voices & Accredited Supportive Living Society Community Sports Program (2002-2014), Coach: Volleyball, Soccer & Track & Field The Arthritis Society (Alberta & NWT Division), Campaign & Fundraising Event Organizer & Budgeting Officer Project Youth (1997-2001), Program Coordinator with Family & Community Support Services
Camping, Traveling, Scuba Diving, Marathons, Hiking, Triathlons, Cycling, Swimming, Yoga, Reading, Spending time with family
CAREER & ORGANIZATIONAL EXPERIENCE
August 2015-Present: Trauma Therapist (Student) PACE (Grande Prairie) Responsibilities include:
• Providing counselling, education, treatment planning and case conceptualization to survivors of sexual abuse and assault.
2004-Present: Early Intervention Worker/Child Development Specialist Alberta Health Services Responsibilities include: • Direct Client Services: Administering developmental assessments, social-emotional screenings and facilitation of program plans for children (ages 0-6 years). Providing home-visitation and family service planning for children and their families through holistic, cultural and therapeutic-based strategies. Health navigator and case conference coordinator in collaboration with internal, external, and specialized service agencies. • Administration: Program development and standardization (i.e. policy, procedure and best practice guideline development). Facilitation and mentorship (i.e. multidimensional guidance, training and resourcing for colleagues across the North Zone). Community capacity building and partnering (i.e. recognizing community strengths, resources and vulnerabilities; initiating partnerships that address service provision for children and families in culturally diverse and rural populations).
2004-Present: Multi-disciplinary Team Leader (Peace River Pediatric Rehabilitation Team) Alberta Health Services Responsibilities include: • Administration: Coordinator for clinical-based case-conferencing, referral delegation and planning for multi-stressed families and children with diverse needs (Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Neonatal Infant Follow-Up Clinic, Head Shape & Developmental Clinic, and Peace River Pediatric Rehabilitation Team).
• Leadership: Staff orientation, mentorship, case navigation and training to several Allied Health staff members.
2001-2003: Personal Care Nurse Assistant (Casual & Part-time) Peace Country Health Responsibilities include:
• Multi-unit nursing care: One-on-one patient care, case planning for patients and residents in Independent Living /Home Care facilities, Continuing Care, Nursing Home & Palliative Care Units.
2000-2002: Victim's Assistance Coordinator (Part-time) Royal Canadian Mounted Police Responsibilities include:
• Providing supportive listening, judicial advocacy and service liaison for survivors of serious crimes.
• Facilitating education, training and mentorship through community partnerships and agencies.
1995-2000: Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Consultant (Contract Employment) Child & Family Services Authority (Region 8) and Family & Community Support Services.
• Administration: Administering and interpreting developmental and social-emotional assessments for children in care (0-6 years); provide recommendations and referral considerations for Custodial/Foster Families in preparation of caring for children with exceptional or diverse needs. • Family Service Planning Coordinator: Facilitate individualized and family program plans toward enhancing the family unit, parent effectiveness training and recommendations of family enhancement strategies in preparation for re-uniting families (focus on cultural preservation for Indigenous children and integrative family supports).
1995-2004: Acting Director, Day Home & Programming Coordinator (Casual/Contract Employment) Busy Bee Daycare & Alberta Day-Home Accreditation Program
Responsibilities include: • Human Resources Management: Hiring, managing and mentoring 10+ staff members; coordination of daily programming; inspection & accreditation support of Daycare, Day-Home and After-School-Care Program.
• Payroll and Budgeting: Maintaining and balancing budgets; integrating subsidized fee schedules and allocating salary scales. • Inclusive Childcare Programming: Administering and integrating individualized program planning for children (0-8 years) receiving specialized services for developmental concerns or diagnosis.