Independent Producer/Stage Manager/Live Event Production
I graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, where I focused my work on production, performance and promotion of theatre and live events. As a student, I also volunteered with TVCogeco, where I gained valuable experience working with community organizations across Windsor-Essex. With my company, Diversity Productions, I produced several prestigious local events, including the Biz X Magazine Awards, the Business Excellence Awards where we partnered with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Easter Seals Telethon. I am proud to have been a part of the Easter Seals Telethon for many years, raising over a million dollars for local children and youth with disabilities and their families.
My work with TVCogeco also gave me the opportunity to support local artists through producing and hosting The Music Project and Behind the Scenes, shows that highlighted the work of musicians, artists, and community arts organizations.
This work led me to roles in stage management and promotion at St. Clair College, and my current role at the University of Windsor as a Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator responsible for Audience Services and Box Office for University Players and the School of Dramatic Art.
Leadership in Parenting & Education
As a parent, I have had the opportunity to connect and engage with other parents and community members through organizations that support families across Windsor-Essex. I joined the board at Connections Early Years Family Centre, and became a co-facilitator in parenting classes there. I was so grateful for that experience, as it put me in touch with the diverse needs of families in our community. Through my volunteer work there, I learned how to react to challenges with empathy, and how to meet people where they are. These essential communication skills are so important as we look at solving the complex challenges that our city council will face over the next 4 years. We need to engage cooperation in order for our city to thrive.
My work as the chair of the Greater Essex County District School Board's provincially-mandated Parent Involvement Committee gave me a deep understanding of the challenges our communities face through our work identifying and breaking down the barriers to parent engagement. We partnered with Family Fuse, Windsor Public Library, Windsor Police, United Way, and the New Canadians Centre for Excellence to examine the challenges that face families every day and what needs to be done to support equity and accessibility across our community.
I am passionate about building up the arts community in this city. My work with various theatre groups across the city has put me in the position of actor, director, crew and stage manager with many organizations across Windsor-Essex. I am a volunteer with Windsor Light Music Theatre and was elected by my peers to serve on the board of the organization for several terms. I am proud to have a hand in supporting the work of that great community theatre group, one of the strongest volunteer arts organizations in the city.
My work in the community also led to the creation of Windsor Essex Theatre Alliance, a group that came together with the support of over 20 different theatre and live performance groups and individuals in 2020. The organization is currently building connections and working towards advocacy, promotion and skills development within the arts community under an advisory committee where I have served for the last two years. I am proud to continue supporting this group as they advocate for arts infrastructure that can help build a professional industry in Windsor-Essex.