Bio

People have always been my focus.

I was the kid who would stop to help members of the other team get back up, while everyone else ran right past them to keep chasing the ball. I have volunteered through my work with Katimavik to support HIV-affected children in Prince George. Before working on a business degree, I was in the Global Stewardship program at Capilano University, which is about volunteering and supporting the development of vibrant, interconnected, and equitable communities around the globe.

Between Scouts Canada, Katimavik, Global Stewardship and non-profits throughout Squamish and Metro Vancouver, I am proud to have contributed thousands of hours to make our communities better. Between my volunteer experience, and understanding how business partnerships can help develop communities and better support people, I am passionate about making our community better for people like you and me.

I bring a lot to the table.

I bring more than just my volunteerism and my fluently-bilingual education to the table (I completed French immersion in Ontario before making British Columbia my home six years ago). I know that I can represent the 20,000 people of Squamish because I am no stranger to representing a huge number of constituents while engaging with other stakeholders.

At Capilano University, I served for four years on the Board of Directors and Executive of the Capilano Students’ Union, representing the 7,000 students of Capilano University, with an annual budget of over $2 million. First as Vice-President of University Relations then as Vice-President External, lobbying all levels of government, I served  to advance the needs of my community members. I took on the executive leadership role as President during my last year.

I’ve also represented 80,000 post-secondary students with my time as chair of the Alliance of BC Students, and represented the vision and needs of over 100,000 Metro Vancouver students directly to TransLink and the Provincial Government, while Chair of the U-Pass BC Advisory Committee.

Here are some of the incredible achievements that I’ve been a part of:

  • Laying the advocacy groundwork for Capilano’s on-campus student housing;
  • Lobbying the provincial government to make housing more affordable;
  • Leading a successful referendum to fund a $10 million capital project;
  • Negotiating an 18-month price freeze on the U-Pass BC program for students;
  • Lobbying the federal government to increase education access for Indigenous people;
  • Pushing the province to curb sexualized violence on post-secondary campuses.

Here in Squamish, I’ve served with one of our local building material fabricators as director of sales and business development; I’ve also given my time and expertise to a number of our local non-profits.

I understand how boards and councils work.

Through my experience as a member of numerous boards, councils, and committees, I’ve played a leadership role in all aspects of the governance cycle: developing, approving, and monitoring budgets to make sure that my stakeholders’ dollars are wisely spent; focusing the use of resources through strategic planning; and implementing governance best practices to make sure that a board or council is holding the organization accountable, while maximizing operational productivity.

All of this led me to co-found the Good Governance Group (G3 Consulting), so that I can bring the benefits of this experience to other organizations, and help board members do better work. I’m a champion of ensuring that the work gets done, while making sure everyone is heard.

I know that a four-year term goes by quickly — I have the board governance experience to hit the ground running to make sure that, if elected, no time is wasted and I can get straight to work. I bring over six years of experience in governance to the table.

 

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