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I started with Athabasca University in June 2008 as the first Dean for Graduate Studies. This new position holds exciting challenges and great opportunity to build a Faculty of Graduate Studies that is 'state-of-the-art', relevant, and responsive to the needs of students, faculty members, and the community. My experience as Associate Dean, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba, and as Associate Dean for graduate programs at the Faculty of Nursing (U of MB) provides me with the university-wide perspective of graduate issues as well as knowledge specific to a single faculty. The experience I gained from working with over 100 graduate programs has exposed me to the vast range of issues encountered in program development and evaluation, supervisor-student relationships, and student recruitment and retention.
I continue as a Research Affiliate at the Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba and an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba. I held an academic position at the Faculty of Nursing for 18 years. I taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and with courses that were on-site and also offered by blended delivery. Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, I held a number of positions - Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatric Medicine, St. Boniface Hospital; Executive Director for a non-profit community nursing agency; policy analyst for Manitoba Health, and as a Public Health Nurse and Home Care Case coordinator in rural Manitoba.
My clinical background has informed my research in gerontology. My research examines the effectiveness of community services in meeting the needs of older adults and their unpaid caregivers. I have been an investigator for several nationally funded studies identifying the barriers and issues in delivering and accessing home care services in rural Canada. Several studies have also evaluated various interventions on the health of older adults, such as alternative therapies and vision care services.
I am on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations. One of which I am very proud of is the Beausejour and Area Food Bank. This was the first food bank established in rural Canada. It has assisted many families and individuals in accessing food as they need it on a short term basis.
I look forward to the challenges and the opportunities Athabasca University offers.
Updated October 29, 2014 by Student & Academic Services