I am a Vancouver public education advocate, parent of two children in the K-12 public system, and a sociologist by profession. I am excited to be a OneCity candidate for Vancouver School Board! In my time advocating for equity and transparency as chair of the Strathcona Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and as an executive member of Vancouver District PAC (DPAC), I have had the honour of representing parent/guardian concerns regarding food security, school crowding/consolidation, access to outdoor space, Indigenous education, and Covid response strategies.
I am driven by the belief that every student deserves an education that supports their emotional, social, cultural, physical and intellectual wellbeing, and that district-level decision making needs to be transparent to the public and involve engagement with local host First Nations. I am a regular correspondent on CBC’s parent panel and support Jennifer Reddy through the OneCity education caucus.
I teach undergraduate scholarly writing and research in the faculty of Journalism, Writing and Media at UBC. As a PhD trained qualitative health researcher in the area of racial and socio-economic disparities in maternal and infant health, I will bring to the school board my expertise in analysis and data-based decision-making, along with experience and skill in assessing systems and data through an anti-racist, gender equity lens. As a post-secondary educator, I will bring experience in lifting all students up as lifelong learners and engaged citizens.
I live in Strathcona with my husband and our two kids. We spend our free time outside exploring Greater Vancouver. I love cooking meals that use every dish, getting around on my e-bike, and playing violin with Bluegrass band, the Buckaroos.