who I am

I am of European and North American heritage, including places that are now called Scotland, Slovakia, Germany, America, and Canada. Many of my teachings come from where I was raised, on the traditional land of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. I am currently a visitor on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory. My pronouns are they/them and she/her.

I study Guidance Counselling in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I also hold Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from UBC. In grad school, my specialization was feminist epistemology and philosophy of mind. I remain active in philosophy and am a member in good standing of the CPA and APA, who interviewed me once.

I am a proud member and Component 1 chair of CUPE2278, the union representing teaching assistants and markers at UBC and UNBC, and English Language Instructors at UBC. I chair biweekly meetings for the union and liaise with other like-minded organizations on behalf of our members. This year, we are working to organize student workers at UBC.

My background is in creative writing and English literature. Before UBC, I went to college for writing and did an internship with Corus Entertainment. I’ve since been an editor at UJAH, UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of Art History, and UFSA, UBC’s Undergraduate Film Students Association, as well as a writer for the Ubyssey, UBC’s official, independent student-run paper. If you like poems, you can buy some that I wrote.

I strive to live low-waste and plant-based in Vancouver with my husband and our pair of rescued rabbits. I read a lot. In my free time I like to ride my bike in Pacific Spirit Park, embroider, watch movies and hockey, and play video games.

Photo by Shane Conrad Kilgallen