I am a Healthy Communities Planner with the Capital Regional District (CRD) in Victoria, British Columbia. In 2014 I graduated with a master’s degree in public health, social policy focus, from the School of Public Health & Social Policy at the University of Victoria. I have a passion for health and social equity and my work involves merging the fields of planning and public health to create healthier communities for all.
Through my schooling and my time working at the CRD I have had the opportunity to engage with diverse partners, including municipal governments, health authorities, educational institutions, community funders, local businesses and community organizations. My work is built on the strong relationships I have developed with these partners and I regularly engage with them to identify opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing.
By utilizing my skills in stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, education and human resource development I hope to contribute to the creation of healthy, sustainable and equitable communities.
My recent projects and experiences in public health include:
- Coordinating and chairing a multi-sectoral stakeholder group called the Regional Outcomes Monitoring (ROM) Collaborative to track progress towards desired health and wellbeing outcomes in the region (2014 – Present).
- Participating as a local government representative at the PHABC Summer School (July 2016).
- Developing an online geographic information system (GIS) mapping resource to support municipal planners and service providers to better plan for diverse populations in the region (2015 – Present).
- Representing the CRD on the Stewardship Committee of the Child & Youth Health Network of the Capital Region; a collective impact initiative (2015 – Present).
- Co-presenting (with Victoria Barr and Heather Evans) on ‘Equity in Planning’ at the Planning Institute of BC conference in Kelowna (May 2016).
- Drafting a Community Health & Wellbeing Plan for the region, focusing on actions the CRD could take to further contribute to a healthy region (2014 – 2016).
- Co-hosting a workshop with Island Health on ‘Equity in Planning,’ aimed at local government and Island Health planners in the region (May 2015).
- Working with Island Health to implement the CRD’s Clean Air (No Smoking) Bylaw throughout the region (2014 – Present).
- Developing an Equity Lens Framework to be applied to a previous version of the CRD’s Regional Growth Strategy (2014).