I joined the CLN team in 2009 as a very part-time Regional Resource Network Manager and quickly decided that this was the type of work that fit well with my past experiences, my present interests and gave me room to grow and learn, leading to my current position of Executive Director. I received my Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta in 1992 and completed my Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education in 2006. My first career was with a small provincial non-profit followed by five years as a Community Development Officer with the Board Development Program (Government of Alberta). I have also been involved with independent consulting in the areas of Instructional Skills (ISW), board governance, leadership, adult education and training, school council development and working with coaches through the National Coaching Certification Program.
While I have lived in several provinces, I think of southern Alberta as my home, even though I have lived in Edmonton for nearly 30 years! I have two delightful teenagers, two curious cats and one patient husband. I’m a big fan of traveling, reading and a good belly laugh.
I have always loved supporting people to build on their strengths and talents so working in the CALP system is a great fit for me. From my early introduction to adult learning in the 1990s as an ESL tutor at the YWCA in Calgary to my current role as Training Manager with the CLN, I’ve been influenced by the learners I’ve worked with. They’ve taught me the value of learning in relationship with other people and that as adults we have the capacity to direct our own learning. During my time as an adult literacy coordinator, my favourite part of my role was co-creating learning experiences for learners and tutors that were respectful, relevant and empowering. Not surprisingly, these same characteristics of learning fit well for facilitating learning opportunities and mentoring CALP staff in my former role as Regional Support Staff for the West Central CALP region. It’s not surprising because we are all adult learners!
I’ve also had the opportunity to support the CALP system through various roles and projects including training development projects with the CLN, supporting CALPs to engage with their community on literacy and learning needs, and working on projects at Bow Valley College to develop user-friendly literacy practitioner resources such as the Alberta Reading Benchmarks.
I am originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, and landed in Alberta as a Saskatchewan Transplant in 2009. I started my journey with the Community Learning Network in the spring of 2010, and have held a variety of positions with the association since then. I've enjoyed having the opportunity to grow into the role of “accidental techie” since I started working in non-profits some 20 years ago. I appreciate the continuing opportunities to grow and build my skillset in my work with CLN, including managing projects such as the development of the CALP Portal and the CALP Database.
Before joining Team CLN, I worked for provincial, territorial and federal governments in an array of capacities, in hopitality and tourism, in health and arts nonprofits, and as a flying trapeze instructor. I live in Edmonton, but enjoy the opportunities I get to travel throughout the province to meet CALPs in their "natural habitat". Have laptop, will travel!
I joined the Community Learning Network as the Events Specialist in October 2016. My work within the field of foundational learning and literacy in Alberta for the past 18 years has energized my passion for the importance of professional development and training, as well as my interest in event planning and coordination.
I am excited to be part of the team supporting the professional development and training needs of CALPs.
I am excited to be in the role of Program Support at CLN, as I am a firm believer that learning is for life, not just for childhood. The importance of literacy has always been in my blood, my background in journalism stemmed from my desire to read and write which unleashed my passion for editing and proof reading. A few years ago I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer as an English tutor with the Centre for Family Literacy, which reinforced my belief that you are never too old to learn and achieve your goals.
I moved to Edmonton in 2010 with my husband and daughter from Ontario, and although I grew up in Calgary and had a little bit of the Alberta rivalry embedded in my system, I am happy to say Edmonton is definitely home. I love trying new restaurants, heading to the mountains, reading and spending time with family and friends.
I am the Financial Coordinator for the Community Learning Network. I started working part-time with CLN in September 2014. Before I joined Team CLN, I stayed at home with my children, after having worked for the ATCO group of companies for 8 years in a few different departments. I have really enjoyed learning about and working for a non-profit organization, and I find it very rewarding. My husband and I have three children that keep us very busy running around to all their sporting events.
I have a passion for adult literacy & learning, having spent over 20 years working in the field. I have been a tutor, adult & family literacy coordinator, facilitator, researcher, provincial board member and curriculum developer. I was part of the “Connecting Literacy to Community” project through Bow Valley College, helping community groups become ‘Literacy Friendly’ by increasing awareness about ways to improve their programs and services to be more accessible to all adults, whatever their literacy or foundational skill levels. While working on the Creating Learning Partners training manual, I developed a deep understanding of adult learning principles and how we can support adults on their learning journey.