I work to make a practical contribution to the development of social policy and organizational design for the delivery of effective government programs and services. I am interested in participatory, community-based processes used by organizations to effect community transformation.
I have worked in the Tłı̨chǫ communities of the Northwest Territories since 1981 as a teacher, principal and superintendent of education. I served as CEO of the award-winning board of the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency, which integrates programs and services of the Aboriginal Tłı̨chǫ government with the pubic government of the Northwest Territories.
Since 2011, I have been the senior policy advisor, Priorities and Planning, for the Tłı̨chǫ Government in Yellowknife. I was instrumental in the creation of Dedats'eetsaa, the Tłı̨chǫ Research and Training Institute, to advance the study of Tłı̨chǫ lands, language, culture and way of life through the promotion of research, and its use for training, education and monitoring government commitments and responsibilities. I retired in the summer of 2021.
MEd, University of Calgary, 2001
MLIS, University of Western Ontario, 1981
BEd, Acadia University, 1977
BA (Hons), Saint Mary's University, 1975
United Nations Public Service Award, (Dogrib Community Services Board), United Nations, 2007
Silver Award for Innovative Management (Dogrib Community Services Board), Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2006
AUCC Scholarship (Peking Language Institute), Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, 1976