MPA, DSc. Candidate
I am a settler researcher and program evaluator from the south shore of Nova Scotia who has worked with and for government and not-for-profit organizations for almost 15 years. I started my work in 2011 in northern Manitoba as a research assistant for a project investigating the impacts of mining and base metal smelting on children living nearby, and have worked in northern regions, mostly with children and youth, ever since. I am interested in policy approaches to child and youth health equity and have worked on the project design, support, and evaluation for Indigenous government-led early childhood intervention projects, evaluating funding and programming equity in the NWT Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system, evaluating of the impacts of Integrated Care Teams on Indigenous patient experiences of cultural safety and harm in NWT primary health care settings, and evaluating school-based mental health services for NWT children and youth.
My work focuses on culturally safer and engaging ways for children and youth to have input into the government programs and services that impact them. Currently, I am a DSc. candidate at Queens’ University where I am studying ways that young children’s input can be included in program evaluations of daycare quality.