Program Coordinator and Instructor, Emergency Management
Health Sciences and Emergency Management, School of Professional Studies
I have been in the emergency management field for 18 years, building upon prior successful careers both as a naval officer and a family life educator.
My experience in the field has included working in sectors such as not- for-profit (Canadian Red Cross), local government, health and private consulting. Blessed with many rich field experiences, my most memorable was in 1998 when I served the families of victims of the Swissair 111 crash as the coordinator for all emergency social services in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. In May 2003, I accepted the position with the Regional Health Authority serving southwest New Brunswick as the emergency management coordinator. Five satisfying years later, I became the Manager of Emergency Preparedness for the port city of Saint John, New Brunswick. I left that position in August 2011 to take up this new challenge of coordinating the emergency management degree program here at CBU.
In my spare time, I am passionately involved with a variety of emergency management associations and organizations such as the International Association of Emergency Managers – Canada, the Canadian Standards Association as well as the International Ocean Institute. In addition, I am the Director of the International Centre for Emergency Management Studies at CBU.
On the academic side, I have a Masters in Human Ecology from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and have held the Certified Emergency Manager credential since 2009.