Discipline/Teaching Area: Recreation Management and Tourism Management
I have resided in the Kimberley/Cranbrook area since 1998 and have taught at College of the Rockies since 2000 in the Recreation Management and Tourism Management programs. I have served as the Faculty Representative on the College Board of Governors and on the Wellness and Environmental Committees. I was also the Program Coordinator for the Recreation and Tourism Management programs for many years.
I was raised in Saskatchewan where I completed a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Regina. I then lived and worked for several different community-based recreation organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 2005, I completed a master’s degree in environmental education and communication. My thesis work focused on sustainable tourism education in the East Kootenay region of BC.
As an instructor who primarily teaches online I am required to be creative with my courses. This includes using an experiential approach to coursework which allows students to work on recreation and tourism based projects within the communities in which they reside. I also believe in having students actively participate in course work even though it is delivered online.
My teaching philosophy is based on having the greatest number of students possible be successful in reaching their educational goals. I am motivated to create an environment where students are comfortable, which I believe leads to the successful completion of course learning outcomes. I also believe in practicing what I teach. I am an avid outdoorsperson who is passionate about downhill skiing. In the summer I love to mountain bike, fish, hike and camp with friends and family.