who I am

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 have a graduate degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia where my specialization was feminist epistemology, in particular how group and community knowledge is formed and validated. I now study Counselling Psychology and work with two different research projects and one lab at UBC. My counselling practice interests are existential and person-centred, with an emphasis on motivational interviewing and behavioural interventions. I remain active in philosophy and am a member in good standing of the CPA and APA, who interviewed me once. I am also training to become a certified mindfulness meditation teacher with MMCPT, class of 2025. Finally, I work part-time for Vancouver Bike Share as a member of their operations team.

I am also 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.

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 and review new novels. 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