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In my 10 years in the evaluation and applied research field, I’ve had the privilege of working with a great diversity of clients (ranging from federal government to community-based organizations) in a variety of fascinating and important sectors (education, literacy, health, environment, employment, and others).
The projects that excite me the most are those with purpose-based organizations that do good work on limited budgets. I’ve provided coaching, advisory, and evaluation services to community-based organizations such as Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, Environment Hamilton, Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits, Regesh Family and Child Services, Green Thumbs Growing Kids, and Enviromentum (a project of Tides Canada). I work with organizations to help them tell their story, make evidence-based decisions, and demonstrate to their funders the good that they do. In all the projects I lead, I’m supported by a talented team of evaluation consultants at Cathexis Consulting.
I have a passion for making research relevant to people’s lives. Before joining the evaluation field, I completed a PhD and postdoctoral studies in Anthropology, conducting long-term research on climate change responses in indigenous communities in the Pacific Islands. This led to many peer-reviewed articles, an academic book and a popular trade book. My training as a cultural anthropologist has taught me to listen carefully, question critically, and build rapport with clients and citizens from all walks of life.
Hamilton Naturalists' Club, Environment Hamilton
International Development Research Centre, Food Banks Canada, First Book Canada, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Canadian Hearing Society, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Frontier College, Food4Kids Ontario, Green Thumbs Growing Kids, Regesh Family and Child Services, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Enviromentum (a project of Tides Canada), Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-profits