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Permaculture has it's foundations in twelve principles and three ethics.

The three ethics are Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. ​

 
Earth Care

Work Experience

Senior Food Security Policy Analyst                                    Jan. 2020 to Present

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B

The Raven Project (Rural Action and Voices for the Environment)

Growing a Better Future Project

Job responsibilities are to work as a Community Investigator, researching the most effective ways to improve food security in the rural Nashwaak Valley. The goal of the project is to develop simple, practical and cost-effective methods to improve food security, that can be replicated in any rural community in New Brunswick. We work as a community to increase food production on small farms and at the household level and make that food available in our own community (rather than sending it all to urban center for redistribution).

Accomplishments to date:

  • Formed a local gardening and self-sufficiency group in Stanley which I co-chair

  • Regular contributor to the NB Media Coop

  • In response to covid-19 food security concerns launched the Valley Grow home gardening start-up project

  • Developing a local food strategy to coordinate efforts of the communities of Stanley, Taymouth, Durham Bridge and Penniac. This work will be completed in March of 2021.

 

Event Planner                                                                      Jan. 2019 - Jan. 2020 

Conservation Council of New BrunswickFredericton, N.B

  • Planned events for the Council’s 50th Anniversary year including a book launch, 100 kayak conservation paddle and energy efficiency workshop

  • Supported the development of the first Conservation Council Youth Group

  • Supervised one student

  • Supported the Christmas Giving campaign

  • Coordinated by-weekly staff meetings

  • Worked on project managing aesthetic renovations to the buildings public meeting space and board room 

 

Self-Employed Consultant                                                   Nov. 2017 to Present

New Leaf ConsultingTaymouth, N.B  

      

  • Problem solving and building capacity for non-profits.

  • Good Food Greater Fredericton (Local Food Fest)

  • Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc. (grant writing, youth education and infrastructture support with the riparian zones project)

  • Hayes Teaching Farm (grants, infrastructure and project planning)

Training

Growing Food with Permaculture                                                       Jun. 2020

Foods Good Farm                                                                             

Permaculture Design Certification (72 hours)                                   Aug. 2018

Earth Activist Training, Charles Williams and Starhawk                   

Volunteer

Butternut Island Stewardship Team                                          2019 to present

The Nature Trust of New Brunswick

  • Volunteer labour in removing invasive species and sharing community education on the preserve and the threat of Butternut canker disease.

Founder and Administrator

Permaculture Atlantic Network   

                                               2018 to present

  • Co-administer two monthly permaculture meet-ups

  • Administer website

  • Answer inquiries and connect people to training, organizations, individuals and services in Atlantic Canada and New England

  • Write a monthly newsletter and occasional blogs

  • Promote training

  • Offer introduction to permaculture presentations

Cooperative Board Vice President                                                           2015

Green Eye Cooperative

  • Launching a new cooperative

  • Developing a social enterprise framework

  • Proposal writing

  • Connecting local groups together to optimize efforts and funding resources

  • Part of the Pond-Deschpande Innovation Cohort of 2015

Skills

Asset Based Community Development

Business cases

Business plans

Business writing

Facilitation

Garden planning and education

Permaculture Education

Project Management

Process Design

Public speaking

Regional networks

Rural issues

WYSIWYG Website building

Writing Samples
Web Design 

People Care

Work Experience

Domestic Violence Outreach Worker                                   Oct. 2012 - Dec. 2014

Sussex Committee for the Prevention of Family Violence, Sussex, NB

  • Assisted women who had lived through historical abuse or were currently in unsafe situations

  • Created materials for a support group for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse

  • Provided community education and outreach, including organizing Take Back the Night Marches, a vigil for Rehtaeh Parsons, a two-day conference with the N.B Association of Social Workers and a community gathering of speakers.

  • Developed a Community Assessment of Services document and a public gathering to look at strategic ways to improve local supports

  • Organized and taught a two-day session of Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training for professionals in Southern New Brunswick

  • Delivered the Empowerment Project to girls in grades 6-8

  • Supervised and supported a Masters of Social Work student practicum for 700 hours

  • Coordinated a Sexual Assault Prevention Group and worked with the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) at the Saint John Regional Hospital

  • Coordinated and latest shared information with Saint John SART

  • Received funding and designed community street signs to let people know about emergency services

  • Wrote periodic stories for Osseakeg Publishing on community issues

  • Organized case conferences with Family and Child Protection Services

Youth Residential Support Worker                                     May 2012 – Nov. 2012

A&D Homecare, Cassidy Lake, N.B

  • Supported two youth with daily activities (cooking, cleaning, preparing for school, pet care and extra-curriculars)

  • Coordinated bike rides, nature hikes, drawing and general therapeutic activities

  • Dealt with mental health emergencies and coordinated with a team of support staff daily and weekly

 

English Language Teacher        Nov. 2011 to May 2012

Anuban Wat Elementary School, Anthong, Thailand

  • Taught science and language arts to students in grades 3,4, 5

  • Developed and delivered curriculum

  • Supervised field trips

Regional Community Worker                                               Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011

Canadian Mental Health Association, Sussex, NB                                                          

  • Worked in rural communities to present mental health education

  • Provided resources and advocacy as needed

  • Delivered the “I’m Thumb Body Special” emotions and self-esteem training to elementary schools

Post-Corrections Residential Support Worker                     Oct. 2010 – Aug. 2011

Coverdale Center for Women (John Howard Society of Saint John),

Saint John, N.B

  • Provided daily medications to residents

  • Did check-in phone calls and made sure that residents met conditions of their parole

  • Referred women to counselling and appropriate services as needed

  • Did light cleaning

  • Worked overnight shifts, following safety check-in protocols with other organizations in the city

  • Created reports for legal record

Job Coach/ Employment Counselor                                    Jun. 2009 - Aug. 2010   Yukon Council on disABILITY, Whitehorse, Y.T

                                                    

  • Helped differently-abled people to find meaningful employment and re-train

  • Organized a daily community job board

  • Spoke at a Federal Government Panel on Disability Issues

  • Provided resources for people in emergency situations 

  • Attended and facilitated case conferences

HIV/AIDS and Community Health Researcher                    Aug. 2008 - Jan. 2009

CIDA Internship with the Health Foundation of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

  • Created training manuals on HIV/AIDS for the Ghana Immigration Services

  • Assisted with health professional training on buruli ulcer disease early diagnosis and treatment

  • Worked with the Stephen Appiah Foundation to plan a sports and health promotion day for youth

Training

  • John Hopkins School of Nursing

      Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Tool                                           2014

  • Five-day course on Level-One Inquiry Based Counselling through Dalhousie School of Social Work                                                                               2014

  • Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training (for trainers) - Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre                                                                                2013

  • The Empowerment Project for youth - Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre                                                                                                       2013

  • Domestic Violence Safety PlanningB.C Ministry of Justice and B.C Housing                                                                                                     2012 

  • Navigating the Family Justice System Family Law N.B                          2012

  • Changing Minds program – Canadian Mental Health Assoc.                    2010

  • Strengthening Families Together - Schizophrenia Society of New Brunswick (for trainers)                                                                                               2010

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (30 hour training) - I to I          2011

  • Cross Cultural Learning Strategies/ Travel Preparation - CIDA                2008                                                                          

Volunteer

HIV/AIDS Youth Educator                                                                           

Teshie Presebyterian Youth League, Accra, Ghana​                                        2008                                                                          

Online Program Researcher                                                                            

For partner S.W.A.G.A.A (Swaziland Women’s Action Group Against Abuse)​Canadian Cross Roads International                                                              2008                                                    

Events Volunteer - Saint Mary's International Development Society               2007          

Events Volunteer - OxFam Canada, Halifax Chapter                                      2006 

 

Andean Development Project Team - Universidad Pontifica, Ecuador            2006

Fair Share

Work Experience

Driving Toward Health Project Staff                                                   Mar.- May 2013

Vibrant Communities Sussex, Sussex, NB

  • Working with the Sussex Regional Hospital and local groups to develop a dial-a-ride program to help low-income people attend medical and wellness appointments.

  • Sat on a project steering committee

 

Volunteer

Community Kitchen Volunteer                                                  Jul. 2015 – Feb. 2016

Greener Village (food centre/ social enterprise), Fredericton, NB                                                       

  • Assisted chef in teaching cooking classes to clients and the public.

  • Helped to prepare caterings to provide a revenue stream for programming.

Member of a Community Women`s Collective                     Sept. 2009 to Aug. 2010

Victoria Faulkner Women`s Center , Whitehorse, Y.T

                                                                  

  • Help to provide a support network for women with various life stage needs

  • Working as House Operations and Community Kitchens Liaison Person, fundraising

  • Includes membership on an Ad-Hoc Committee around Sexual Assault and Policing and Legal Practices

 

Member of a Youth Feminist Collective                                 May 2009 to Aug. 2010

Yukon rebELLES, Whitehorse, Y.T                                                                                             

  • Advocating for the rights of local women, while working in conjunction with other chapters across Canada on select advocacy campaigns, such as; preventing violence against women, and protecting pay equity legislation

  • Creating a positive feminist dialogue in the community and peer role modeling

 

Housing Committees Member                                               Oct. 2009 to Aug. 2010

Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Whitehorse, Y.T

  • Member of Housing Task Force

  • Housing Action Plan Steering Committee

 

Member of Supported Housing Planning Committee            Dec. 2009 to Jan. 2010

Northern Cities Housing Coalition   Whitehorse, Y.T                                                     

  • Created concept notes on what a supported housing unit would require

  • Created a plan to encourage community buy in of the project 

Education

Information Technology Business Analyst                              Sept. 2016 – May 2017

New Brunswick Community College, Fredericton, N.B

  • Formulating requirements criteria and use cases with clients for developers

  • Business writing - business cases and business plans

  • Internship with Office of Third Party Representative MLA David Coon

                                                

Emergency Medical Responder                                                        May - June 2007 Alberta Health and Safety Training Institute                                                                 

  • Passed the certifying test with the Alberta College of Paramedics (Sept. 2007)

  • Five weeks of training

  • Basic life support training for use in emergency health care settings

  • Instruction on medical ethics, dealing with persons in crisis, assessing environment for potential dangers

 

Bachelors Degree                                                                                    2003 - 2007

Saint Mary’s University - International Development and Anthropology Halifax, N.S

  • Concentration on Latin American issues and culture