Deb’s undergraduates degrees are from Queen’s University (B.A.,BEd. and PQ Principals Qualifications) which she followed up with over 30 years working with a large school board within the GTA area. Deb had classroom and leadership positions with a significant focus of her work in Special Education. Within that, in her later roles, she was provided with mediation training from Osgoode Associates in order to assist in a number of situations that called for facilitation and conflict resolution skills.
Deb’s other mediation training has come from MDR Associates Ottawa where she received the Hans Geggie Mediation Training Scholarship. She also has some Elder mediation Training. (Deb has completed the requirements for her ADR QMed. and is awaiting the process completion.)
In addition to her current Mediation work, Deb is also an Adult Literacy Teacher in North Kingston for a Non Profit Literacy Agency. She has both Special Education and Reading Specialist credentials. This background is very helpful in supporting her keen interest in intergenerational poverty. Deb has considerable experience working with individuals and families with mental health, learning and physical disabilities and intellectual challenges.
Deb has taught for Sheridan College and lectured for Brock and York Universities. As well, she has spoken at regional and international conferences. She has facilitated small and larger groups to assist them in defining their mission/direction and goals for moving forward. Deb has won awards for her career successes but what she likes best is working with people, moving them towards finding their own solutions and directions.
Deb is highly fueled by her passionate beliefs in equity, inclusion and positive forward motion. She is so happy to be working and living in her ‘home’ area once again.