Here I am with my partner Tricia and son Miro – outside of our house in Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii.

I got involved in my union for many of the same reasons of other teachers. First, I wanted to give back to my profession and to make a difference for teachers and students.

What me got in the door was seeing how the activism of my colleagues directly improved my working conditions. What keeps me engaged is you. I enjoy working with other teaching professionals to make our profession stronger, to stand up for children and communities, and to make union democracy work. (And, I like to have fun doing it!)

In my twelve years of teaching (as a T.T.O.C., primary teacher, and secondary teacher) I’ve been part of my union in several ways. I was president of my local for four years. Before this, I was the social justice contact, local representative, professional development chair, and Vice-President. And I most recently am serving as bargaining chair and political action contact.

Below are some of the accomplishments that we achieved while I served in these various leadership roles:

As part of attaining a Masters in Education, I conducted research on how to engage members as a union of professionals. I learned a lot by listening to teachers about the importance of union leadership, professionalism, and building a community as a union. (If you’re curious about this research, here’s the link to my thesis.)

I am also very involved with my community. I coach girls’ soccer as well as various other sports and activities. I founded a bicycle repair co-op (Haida Gwaii Bike RePsych) that has been actively involved in schools and community events across the islands for almost a decade.

Soccer A Provincials 2016
Teaching the ABCs of Bicycle Maintenance at Tahayghen Elementary