COMMENTARY · 22nd October 2014
For 40 years I have lived in Northwest BC and worked as a physiotherapist in private practice and as a physiotherapist. I have been Executive Director for both the Kitimat and Terrace Child Development Centreís. Terrace from 1986 to 1999 and starting in 1999 and currently I am the Executive Director of Kitimat Child Development Centre.
My three adult children were raised in the northwest and attended the French immersion program. Two of my adult children continue to live and work in Terrace and two of my grandchildren will be attending school with the Coast Mountain School District.
I am a UBC graduate in 1972 in physiotherapy and occupational therapy and a Masterís of Science in Community Health from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2001.
I have extensive experience on governing boards for both my profession and for secondary education. I have served as President both provincially and nationally on physiotherapy regulatory boards. I have served on the Mills Memorial Hospital Governing board and an elected member prior to hospital boardís moving to regional governance. I have participated on a number of committees including the B.C. Medical Services Commission, a member of the Rehabilitation Committee advising the President of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and a professional member representative on the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia on their Education Approval Committee. I also have taken leadership positions with community sports clubs, the ACT Telethon and taking a leadership role in evolving the ACT Telethon Society into the Kitimat Community Foundation. In Kitimat at my work I continue to take a leadership role on the Kitimat Interagency Committee, the Housing Committee. I currently also volunteer for the provision of a winter shelter in Kitimat. As a Rotarian I follow the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. I am prepared to serve four years on the Coast Mountain School Board of Trustees and to promote quality, effective, accountable education for all students.
Since 2011 I have been a CARF accreditation surveyor. CARF is a worldwide accreditation provider for health and human service providers. Accreditation is the review of international business and program standards in the provision of services and for continuous quality improvement of services.
I am proud of my appointment to the Interim Governing Council to establish the University of Northern British Columbia from 1990 to 1994 where we established the University of Northern British Columba. I continue to support UNBC by participating on the Presidentís Advisory Council and helping UNBC to now celebrate 25 years in the North. I became involved with UNBC from my advocacy for professional education opportunities to be available in the North.
I intend to use my experiences to have an impact on ensuring we have quality inclusive public education that supports the learning needs of all students including those with special needs. Services for those with special needs is core to any work that I do. I believe in open and regular communications, development of partnerships on behalf of public education and in making decision to be well informed on all sides of issues.