Education in Canada’s north is complex, challenging and deeply rewarding. In the past 17 years I have built strong relationships with students, their families, and the educators who call the Sahtu region home. These strong relationships are foundational to educational success and explain my longevity in the north as high school teacher, school principal, school programs consultant and senior administrator.
As Assistant Superintendent, I oversee the daily operations of our five Sahtu schools. Our teams create safe caring schools which are respectful of cultural identity and which nurture youngsters to reach their fullest potential as capable citizens of the Northwest Territories and as engaged global citizens. Our roots are in culture, language and this place which best positions our students to explore their interests, talents and capabilities.
Prior to moving to the north, my husband and I called the west coast home. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Victoria; A Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia; and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. In 2004, we left the Sunshine Coast, BC, with a large dog, two cats and the determination to explore the north for a couple of years and then return home to Sechelt and my work with School District #46. My strong interest in Indigenous education had spurred me to accept a high school teaching position in Tulita in the Sahtu. I have never looked back.
The rest, as they say, is history. Seventeen years later it is still thrilling to serve and lead in this region. Much has been accomplished yet much remains to be done! How can we do better and how can we get it right? How can we best serve our communities? These questions are the fire in the belly! The work yet to be done is inspiring and energizing. I have spent a lifetime exploring the world and travel remains (since my teenage years) my favourite way to stay humble and inquiring in cultures that are not my own. Travel is my way to learn about others and about myself and thereby refresh my perspectives and creativity. I have an intrepid spirit but am deeply grateful to call the Sahtu my home.