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Board member
November, 2020


I have a diverse background. Prior to beginning graduate studies in 2002 I held a number of positions in various sectors: as the head of a children's department in a public library, as a communications and fundraising officer in an international development NGO, and as a piano teacher.

I am the mother of 3 grown children -- I juggled working outside the home with co-parenting.

I have been diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, high risk pregnancies, breast cancer, and colitis. Thus, as is often the case, biography and professional work overlap.

Current research areas: 

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Please refer to my CV.

Recent scholarly activity: 

- co-authoring monograph on cancer and Marvel superheroes
- co-editing special journal for Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. 
- conference papers for the Annual Conference of the Canadian Disability Studies Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (both 2018)

Recent publications: 

  • With Tamar Rubin. “Enhancing Learning Cultures Through Inter-Disciplinarity: A Reading Group Pilot Project for Medicine and English Studies.” Keeping Reflection Fresh. Literature and Medicine Series. Eds. Allan Peterkin and Pamela Brett-MacLean. Kent State UP, 2016.
  • Book Review on Hatim Kanaaneh’s Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee for the University of Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities website. 2015.
  • “Beauty Ideals, 20th-21st Centuries.” The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast. Ed. Merril Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • “Reconstructive Surgery.” The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast. Ed. Merril Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.


Other activities: 

Please refer to my CV.

Candidate Bio: 

I would like to be considered for a position on the Board. I have considerable board experiences with non-profits (NGO in international development, Camrose Women's Shelter [Brigantia Place], Camrose Food Bank, Temple Beth Ora). I have also served on academic committees (Undergraduate Program Committee, and the WRITE Program -- all in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta). I briefly served on the General Faculties Council, University of Alberta. I have also been a contract instructor at a number of post-secondary institutions, from a polytechnic to small university colleges to a large research institution over the past 13 years. Thus, I have had diverse experience with the conditions in which instructors are situated. In spite of a heavy teaching load, I continue to research and take part in professional development (for example, I received a grant to attend a Narrative Medicine Workshop in the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University). I am involved in two projects (as above) and am working with a professional photographer and academic to develop a project involving visual representations of breast prostheses. I am also pursuing other avenues of funding to enable to continuation of my research. I believe that it is critical for contract instructors and other independent scholars to create a community of mutual support in addition to (and not in place of) collaborative engagements within the larger academic community. However, our particular circumstances and needs are well served by organizations such as NCIS and I look forward to participating in this work and sharing it with others similarly situated in Canada.

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