I’m a PhD Candidate in English and Writing Studies, completing a thesis on confession and testimony in the contemporary novel. I’m also Associate Director, Community Engagement, for the Public Humanities at Western, a program designed to connect research and public life. In this role, I work between the city and university to develop events and initiatives, like Engage Western and Words Literary and Creative Arts Festival, to help support community engagement at Western and beyond. In the city, I sit on the boards for London Youth Symphony and London Arts Council. I’m a graduate of St. FX University, Dalhousie University, and the Coady International Institute.
Community-Engaged Learning Coordinator, SASAH
Media Technician, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
I hold a Cultural Studies degree from Trent University with an Honours Specialization in Film, Video and Media. During my undergrad I worked for the student and community newspaper Arthur where I eventually became one of the Coordinating Editors for Volume 35 (2000-2001). Through this experience I honed my skills in production, and was able to integrate my university education with practices in visual culture, media literacy and community-based activism. Subsequent to my degree, I completed studio training in contemporary media and filmmaking. My diversified work history includes working with NGOs coordinating and leading youth experiential learning programs. This method of learning has had such a positive effect on my own growth and development that I embrace all opportunities to guide others along that path. I nurture the better parts of myself by teaching and practicing yoga, travelling, playing ukulele, writing stories, and collaborating with others on fun media projects. I am thrilled to be contributing to SASAH by working with the students to help them develop skills in media production, and to support them in the experiential learning component of their education.