NACADA Steering Committee
What institution do you work for and what is your role there?
University of Victoria- Academic Advising Consultant. In my role I advise students, help train new advisers and work with the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences on curriculum. I have been working at the University of Victoria for just over 10 years and have had roles in Student transition services, Undergraduate Admissions and finally in the Academic Advising Centre, for the last 6 years.
Why did you get involved with NACADA?
My introduction to NACADA was in 2013. The Director of the Academic Advising Centre was already involved with NACADA. The next Region 8 conference was in Vancouver and as a way to improve our advising practice and introduce us to NACADA, our director encouraged us to attend the conference. I was hooked! I loved learning about the theories, histories and practice of advising. I also enjoyed bringing knowledge back to share with my colleagues to enrich all of our practice.
What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as British Columbia Liaison on the steering committee?
I have had the pleasure of working on increasing the Canadian presence in our region through focused collaboration with our colleagues in Alberta. I have also been able to help review scholarship winners and have really enjoyed helping on committees for each of the last 3 Regional Conferences. I am always keen to give feedback and provide help on any sub-committee. I am really excited to be one of the Region 8 2020 Conference co-chairs!
How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career?
Being a member of NACADA, being able to participate on the steering committee and having access to research about the practice of advising has helped me learn and grow as an advising professional immensely. Connecting with others across the region through NACADA has helped me expand my professional network and has given me the opportunity to stay informed on what is happening in the professional world of academic advising.
Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact.
I am the chair of the Board of Director for a youth oriented non-profit. I love engaging with the youth in my community, around issues of mental health and support. I also really enjoy and have been taking dance classes for most of my life!