A bit about me
I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. I completed my bachelors degree in Seattle at the University of Washington where I competed nationally on the Women’s Varsity Rowing Team, followed by two years working and living in Whistler and New Zealand, after which I returned to Vancouver to start up a small urban farm. I am now thoroughly enjoying my time at York University, while taking every opportunity to explore Toronto & eastern Canada. Experiencing life in a variety of countries and cities has nurtured my love of planning and its ability to impact the way we relate to our built and natural environments.
I am passionate about the importance of Canadian planners gaining national recognition as a unified professional body. I believe this will prompt more municipalities to demand designated planners for city planning positions, which in turn will result in more resilient Canadian cities. I feel that transparency is key to the success of the current changes being rolled out by CIP through the Professional Standards Board and Registered Professional Planners process, which must include clearly communicating why the new processes is being implemented & how it benefits students on our paths to becoming professional planners.
Leadership & Social Media Strengths
I have been involved in student government groups throughout my academic career. I see the position of CIP National Student Representative as an opportunity to engage and connect Canadian planning students across universities, to build a diverse national student voice, and to use that voice to communicate clearly and continually with CIP to benefit the planning profession and Canada as a whole. I am confident that I have the social skills, knowledge, adaptability, and social media prowess to continue the hard work former CIP student representatives have put into building a dialogue between CIP & planning students across Canada.
In September 2012 I was elected Chair of PLANit, York University’s organization of planning students. One goal as PLANit Chair has been to increase the use of social media as a community engagement tool for the organization, which we have been successful in thus far. Our coverage of the CAPS conference can be seen @PLANitYork #CAPSACEAU.
Currently I am in my second year of the Masters in Environmental Studies and Planning program at York University. Additionally I am one course away from completing a post-graduate diploma in Food Security and a Certificate in Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University.
My Major Research Project (MRP) aims to examine the validity and capacity of CIP to support a national organizational platform focused on Planning for Food Systems.