Honours Thesis Candidate (BA Psychology), York University
Postgraduate Diploma Education, (Performance & Visual Arts) University of British Columbia
BA Psychology, University of Waterloo
Kodaly Teacher Training, Level 1 (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Certified Group Fitness Instructor (CFES and Western University CCAA) with BoneFit Certification
RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE
Leading group fitness classes for the past three years (in person and online)
Administrative Support within Universities (Finance, Human Resources and General)
Kensington Health (Fitness Leader)
Dixon Hall Adult Day Programs and Alzheimers Day Program
Currently studying within the field of Psychology, part-time, to prepare for an Honours Thesis Project. In general, I'm interested in exploring how engaging in the expressive arts (primarily music including singing, but also curious about movement and dance, poetry, storytelling, theatre arts and visual arts) and how they may impact speech, movement, cognition and social/emotional health.
Performance experience included: Vancouver International Jazz Festivals in each of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 promoting my debut CD "Thank you, Merci" celebrating the musicians of New Orleans, as well as in jazz clubs in both Toronto and Vancouver. Performances with other groups have included the Governor General Awards in Ottawa with Rick Lazar's Samba Squad accompanying Jesse Cooke, the then Premier Dance Theatre (accompanying Ballet Creole), DuMaurier Theatre, and other Harbourfront Theatres in Toronto, and Kitsilano Showboat Theatre (accompanying Paul Snider's originals), the Vancouver Fringe Festival (accompanying Paul Snider's "Music of Junk"), Toronto Fringe Festival accompanying storytellers, as well as many festivals as backup vocalist and percussionist playing handheld percussion and djembe for Storyteller Dr. George Blake, as well as for Samba Squad.
Training in the expressive arts has included private lessons and workshops within music (theory, improvisation, clarinet, percussion, voice, some piano and some guitar), theatre arts (scene study, writing, improvisation, theatre for social change) poetry writing (UBC one year one-on-one mentorship), dance/movement (many styles) and some visual arts.