In 2012 I moved to Toronto, Ontario from my home town of Vancouver, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. I completed a Master of Social Work at Dalhousie University in 2015 and am now working on a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto.
My research interests lie in autism, community development and activism, gender identity, surgical outcomes, archiving, and transgender suicidality. I have also explored more data driven topics such as the location and density of bed bugs in Toronto. I have a number of academic publications on these topics and recently had a book of interviews with transgender and autistic individuals published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Check out the resources page for more.
I’ve worked in a variety of governmental and non-profit roles, particularly in the fields of mental health, addictions, housing and homelessness. Before moving to Toronto, I worked for seven years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and am now employed with the City of Toronto Hostel Services division.
I’m also very active in volunteer and community-based work, especially with the Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health and with TransPULSE Canada.