I am a Ph.D. candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University with the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. As a human/more-than-human geographer, I have a diverse range of interests in health, agri-food studies, political ecology, and the environmental humanities. My work and research aims to foster more socially just food systems across the pillars of sustainability.
My teaching philosophy and approach is about fostering wellness and creating meaningful learning experiences by facilitating skill building, critical thinking, and reflection.
As an Instructional Designer, my experience in project management and my growing passion for online course design has me working both independently and collaboratively across a team of academics, curriculum developers, eLearning consultants, creative services, and QA specialists. In addition to ensuring courses are delivered on time and meet high standards of academic quality, I aim to create accessible and engaging educational experiences for a diverse learning community.
As a Registered Nurse, I have worked in the community, long term care, acute care and various other hospital settings. My primary expertise is in Cardiology (pre-and-post intervention and education) and in Infection Prevention and Control in the hospital setting. My background in Nursing brings a truly interdisciplinary lens to my work.
Along with my passion for instructional design, I am pursuing research and writing on a number of themes in sustainable agri-food systems and socio-ecological praxis.
Feel free to connect with questions, to collaborate, share your work, or chat!
I am particularly interested in applied, collaborative, projects in:
Sustainable & Just food futures
The human dimensions of biodiversity conservation (bees) / conservation education
The nature of community
Radical alternatives to existing socioecological processes
Qualitative analysis of action-oriented and policy-relevant research in political ecology, the environmental humanities, and health related inquiries.
Teaching philosophy and approach:
Fostering wellness as a strategy for creating an effective learning environment
Creating meaningful experiences of teaching and learning
Facilitating student learning through skill building: critical thinking & reflection
Professional development through an ongoing process of praxis, reflection, refinement, and growth
Animating a pedagogy of care
My experience in project management and my growing passion for online course design has me working both independently and collaboratively across a team of academics, curriculum consultants, eLearning developers, creative and QA specialists and more. In addition to ensuring courses are delivered on time and meet the high standards for academic quality, I apply my knowledge and experience of instructional design theory, strong communication and project management skills, to enhance and ensure quality standards in online learning courses, processes, and procedures.
Incoming Vice President: Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS)
Editorial Board Member: JAFSCD
Scholarly Peer Reviewer (JAFSCD, Canadian Food Studies)
Contract Faculty Representative: Department in Council, Laurier Geography and Environmental Studies
Divisional Council: Faculty of Science
LEADERSHIP & FACILITATION
Community of Practice: Decolonization & Indigenization
Facilitator Development (FDW) Certification
Instructional Skills (ISW) Facilitator
First Aid for Mental Health
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS)
Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC)