MA Simon Fraser University. Centre for Refugee Studies, Certificate Program, York University.
Long standing feminist peace, human rights and social justice activist. I am deeply committed to addressing structural causes to wars, poverty, social inequality, environmental degradation and promoting a vision where differences are respected and honored. The roots of my values stem from my Doukhobor heritage and the historical opposition to militarism and violence. I am dedicated to working for total global disarmament.
Conceptualized and coordinated Human Rights and the Disappeared Conference, SFU/Argentina Served as Human Rights Coordinator, Kootenay Region United Nations Association, Canada Former BC Rep National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) Former BC Rep Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CLOW) Development work: CIDA sponsored project: Advisor on Training and Employment for Women in Pakistan.
Caritas, Pakistan. Project Coordinator, Women’s Health Project
SFU & University of South Pacific: Coordinator, Health Care Project via Distance Ed
Caracas Venezuela: Income Generating Project for Village Women
Egypt; STAR Program with The United Church, Working with refugees
Egypt British International School. Teaching Geography Levels, 7, 8, 9
Founding member of Nelson End the Occupation Now (NEON) 2009, following a 2- week stay in Gaza.
Founding member of Nelson Peace Coalition Founding member Nelson War Resisters Campaign Founding member of Habondia Micro-Lending Society for Women
Project Coordinator: Community Development Institute, Nelson/Vancouver BC Project Coordinator: Human Resources Development Canada programs for Immigrant and Visible Minorities, First Nations and displaced workers. Vancouver and the Sechelt B.C.
Status of Women Canada Project: WISH (Women in Sustainable Housing) Project Coordinator, Nelson BC
Served as co-convener with the Women’s Working Group to the World Peace Forum, Vancouver, 2006 Delegate to the World Social Forum, 2006 Caracas Venezuela Delegate with WILPF to Cuba 2007. Member of WILPF, BC Chapter Attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing 1995 Attended several sessions Commission on the Status of Women, NY, Participated on VOW panel Member of the Kootenay Refugee Coalition. Member of the BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition
Current Representative (Canada) International Peace Bureau Long term volunteer, Nelson and District Women’s Centre Member of Social Planning Action Nelson Committee Current free lance journalist. Publishing column for bi-lingual (English/Russian) Doukhobor journal.
Contributor to local newsletter and letters to the editor of local papers.
Featured in ‘Dreams and Dissidents’, Knowledge Network
Recently traveled to Turkey, Georgia, Russia to visit Doukhobor descendants and Burning of the Arms sites, in these areas. I am a proud Mom of three daughters and three sons-in-law and Baba to two granddaughters.