Born and raised in the rural mining city of Flin Flon, Manitoba, my part-time job in high school was as a radio announcer at the local station, CFAR.

After graduating from University of Manitoba, I became a social worker specializing in child and adolescent mental health for ten years before getting my Masters at Carleton University and becoming a privacy advisor with the Canadian federal public service.

In 2015, I started podcasting because I love radio and social work and putting them together makes the world a better place.

In 2016, I was chosen by Natural Resources Canada's INpire Innovation Hub as one of the very first  Canada's Free Agents and I am since on constant loan to various departments.

I am grateful to have received a Public Service Award of Excellence for my public-service-focused podcasting, which started life as an at-home project before being promoted to corner-of-desk with support and encouragement of management at Treasury Board Secretariat. It allowed me to begin producing content professionally for government departments.

Academic Credentials

Master of Social Work
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario (2007)

Bachelor of Social Work
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1996)

Advanced Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1993)

Professional Certifications 

Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C) 
IAPP - International Association of Privacy Professionals

Registered Social Worker (RSW)
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

CIAPP Professional (CIAPP-P)
Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals

Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)
Community Health Network

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
August 2003 – March 2018

Awards and Honours
2018 - Featured in the 25th Annual Report to the Prime Minister

2017 - Public Service Award of Excellence: Joan Atkinson Award for Public Sector Values in the Workplace - Government of Canada 

2017COR Happiness-at-Work Award - Changing our Organization through Respect | Changer notre organisation par le respect

2017 - Champion of Mental Health: Workplace Mental Health - Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health