Ecological Landscape Design
Growing Food In The City
Organic Master Gardener
Plant Knowledge For Organic Gardeners
Society for Organic Urban Landcare (SOUL)
Certified Organic Landcare Professional, 2006
Journeywoman, Landscape Horticulture, BCIT 1993
Trades apprenticeship designation
Provincial Instructors Diploma, Vancouver Community College, 1995
I have 30 years experience in the horticulture industry. As a maintenance gardener I have worked for several municipalities, a private golf course, high end private gardens, and as the head gardener on the mainland for The Land Conservancy restoring historical and cultural gardens. In addition to daily maintenance tasks, this position involved raising funds and donations for projects and working closely with contractors. In 2007 I was honoured with the City of Burnaby’s ‘Environmental Award’ for my work at the city owned Eagles Estate heritage garden on the shores of Deer Lake. I am an expert on the subject of composting having worked for six years for the GVRD's compost demonstration garden as a workshop presenter, outreach coordinator and organic gardener for the program until the program’s demise in 2004.
In 1995 I completed the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma in Adult Education at Vancouver Community College. Working with adult learners is both a gift and a challenge that I enjoy immensely. As a veteran Toastmaster I was involved as President and Vice-President of my local Metrotown club for five years. It is where I found my ‘voice’ and learned how to tell a good story.
I have been an instructor for the Burnaby School District Continuing Education Residential Landscape Technician program, and have taught this entry-level program to landscapers for the past 12 years. In 2004 I received the ‘Instructor’ of the Year award from the BC Landscape and Nursery Association.
In 2005 and 2006 before the closing of the facility I was an instructor at Capilano College’s Horticulture program where I taught soils and integrated pest management. More recently I have been an instructor for the Horticulture Basics program offered by the BC Landscape Nursery Association, preparing and presenting entry level information to new landscape employees across the province.
As an instructor for Gaia College courses I teach the organic Master Gardener program, Plant Knowledge for Organic Gardeners program, and I am a guest instructor for the Ecological Landscape Design program. All three courses are programs designed for professional and home gardeners to learn how to manage the landscape in an environmentally friendly way.
I was involved with the Communities in Bloom program when Burnaby was in the competition, working closely with the mayor, parks and beautification committees to prepare and present our city to the judges.