Education / Professional Associations

M.A. (Leadership and Training), Royal Roads University (2006)     

Child Care Diploma, Mohawk College (1976)

Recreation Leadership Diploma, Mohawk College (1975)

Active member British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (1980-present)

Board member British Columbia Recreation Foundation (2003-present)

Active member Creative City Network (2006-2011)

Joanne was inspired to work in Recreation as a child in Ontario, going to playgrounds every summer. The playgrounds were supervised by ‘Supies’ who wore white hats and lanyards with whistles. Joanne wanted to be a Supie when she grew up and was excited to learn that one could gain post-secondary education in Recreation Leadership.

She started her career in the YMCA and then went into municipal recreation as an instructor of preschool and children’s programs before embarking into the area of youth leadership and development. Over the past 30+ years, she has progressed through various positions from Recreation Programmer, Area Supervisor, and Recreation Facility Manager to Parks, Culture & Recreation Administrator. In her last position as Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, she was responsible for supervising eight facility/area managers that managed indoor/outdoor pools, playgrounds, petting zoo, arenas, community centres, museums and archives, arts and culture, youth and senior’s services.

Joanne has a strong belief in the value of Parks, Culture and Recreation facilities, programs and services. As such, she is continually searching for ways to deliver the message about the benefits that our services bring to our communities and finding ways to inspire people to consider Recreation as a life-long career choice.

Publications / Speaking Engagements 

Joanne’s thesis was published into a book titled “Measuring Performance: A Link Between Resources and Results” 2008 (ISBN 13: 9783836487351) 

She has completed research projects in partnership with BC Recreation and Parks Association and North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission. She has written articles for the BC Recreation and Parks Association Magazine and been a speaker at BC Recreation and Parks Association Symposiums, Creative City Network, and BC Recreation Foundation conferences and workshops.