I have a BA and MA from the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. In the 80’s I worked as a counselor and supervised a number of employment training programs for marginalized youth. In 1991 I began working in Africa, specifically Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. In 1993 I develop and implement an employment training model for marginalized and street-involved youth in Nairobi. This project, entitled the Work Orientation Workshop (W.O.W.) was funded by an award from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and was evaluated as part of my MA thesis.
I worked as a program developer, researcher, and evaluator in Rwanda from 1995 to 1998 in the aftermath of the genocide. My previous experience with street- involved youth in Kenya, paled in comparison to the situation of children of war. The factors that enhanced personal and professional development for those in situations of war and conflict were psychologically different. I built upon this experience while in Ethiopia between 2001/2 while doing research in a displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. This experience prompted my return to school where I completed an MA and PhD in Human and Organizational systems.
My newly established socially based business www.hakunamatataimports.ca draws on my academic training, professional experience, and personal desire to provide opportunities for many more than myself, and facilitate the development of Africa.