About

February 28, 2018
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 now on constant loan to various departments.

Being a public servant is the most normal job I've ever had, but I'm happy to say that radio, music, IM/IT and social work were all welcome skills in my career.
  • All the quirky jobs I've held in my life: 
    • Not-too-wacky radio announcer/news reader/disc jockey for Arctic Radio (CFAR, occasionally simulcast on CJAR)
    • Laboratory technician for a gold mining corporation in the rural north
    • Gold refiner for the aforementioned mine (I transferred from the lab so I could actually pour gold bars!)
    • Owner/manager of my own web design and hosting corporation.
    • Professional bass player (reggae, folk, heavy metal, anything)
    • Social worker

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

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board

Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)
Community Health Network


Awards and Honors

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
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