My interests in community development and environmental management are rooted in my life experiences, nurtured through formal education, and expressed throughout my private, public and non-profit sector work. Having completed numerous short and long-term projects in Ontario, Yukon Territory and British Columbia over the last 35+ years, I have led more than 40 inter-organizational committees and project teams … and produced a lot of reports!
It’s safe to say that at least some of this work has brought about lasting and positive benefits. My developmental approach builds capacity and leadership on both individual and organizational levels. I carry this approach into my volunteer work as well.
Where do I call home?
I live in Victoria British Columbia, traditional territory and home to the Coast Salish Lekwungen speaking peoples. Surrounded on three sides by ocean waters, Victoria is a truly beautiful and bountiful land. But my home and sense of place stems from family history and the lands where I grew up. I have many homes throughout BC – most notably Whitehorse, Prince George, Kimberley and Silverdale. Home is where wild rivers set my heart free, valley mists comfort me, forests breathe life into me, and mountains carry my spirit high.
Where have my travels taken me?
I am privileged to have visited some truly amazing places throughout Canada and beyond… USA, UK, Australia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, Laos, Belize, and Budapest Hungary. I love to explore big cities & villages; neighbourhoods & open markets; tropical forests, northern rivers, farmlands & alpine meadows. My travels help me to reach out, stay connected and keep an open heart.
Why do I do what I do?
To feel like I’m making a real difference in the world. The older I get, the more I realize that making a difference might not have great magnitude but as long as I can achieve deep, meaningful and positive change no matter how small, I know it’s a step forward.
Where do I see my work going in the next few years?
Community Valuations and Cultural Sustainability has been top-of-mind for me for a while now. In a way, I am moving full circle (hopefully not going in circles) back to what I consider to be community & environment basics. Over the next few years, I want to work with organizations and communities to facilitate a better understanding of socially-shared values and inter-cultural competency. Incorporating my love of photography and other visual cognitive tools I see my work becoming more creative, more active and more interactive in the near future. Stay posted!
(Photos courtesy of Stephen Connolly)