My Background

April 2007 My Background (some brief highlights)

  • BA (Psych) ’57, U Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Teaching Certificate, ’71, Ottawa Teachers College
  • ’71-’72 — 6 month attendance at CIDOC (Intercultural Documentation Center) Mexico discussing dysfunctional and iatrogenic systems such as the education and health systems. At Ivan Illich’s center we met international attendees as John Holt, Susan Sontag…


  • Parent Advisory Councils (Principal’s course, UBC ’86)
  • Home Education: Third Option (Education Administrators, ’86)
  • Education Policy for Future (Conservatives, Libertarians, ’85)
  • Family Involvement in Education: Obstacles/Promise (Regina, ’84)
  • Home Education: Lab of the Future (numerous locations)
  • New Approaches to School Governance (a feature speaker, CEA, Halifax, ’83)
  • Parents Essential in Day Care (Winnipeg, ’82)
  • Put the Public Back in Education (keynote, Salt Lake City, ’82)
  • Multicultural Materials Development (NSBA, Washington DC, ’79)
  • Rethinking Education Reform (Seattle, ’85)
  • Education Policy & the Law: Values in Conflict (Pullman, WA ’84)
  • Citizen Participation for School Improvement (St.Louis, MI ’82)
  • National Conference on Parent Involvement (San Anselmo, CA ’76)


  • Volunteer of the Year Award (Vancouver Junior League, ’85)
  • Organized 5 Home Learning Fairs (BC, ’83-’87)
  • Organized Gifted Children’s Assoc (parent advocacy group)
  • Education Voucher Campaign (’80’s)
  • Founding member,lst Secretary, BC Civil Liberties Association, 1963


  • Education Advisory #1 – 10, Oct/75 – Oct/81
  • Education Advisory for Parents #1 – 4, Sept/84 – Oct/86
  • Home Education: the third option, Canadian School Executive, Ap/87
  • Arts in the Schools: What Parents Can Do, Tunya Audain, ERIBC, Aug/77


July 1, 2007 I am continuing to build my memoirs via this blog by posting items and opinions to show the "long haul" it’s been to pursue the important cause of enhancing parent involvement in the education of their children. When I was pregnant with my first child, I started taking child development courses at UBC. Getting a teaching certificate enabled me to feel capable to be involved in my children’s education. It was only when I felt diminished as a person and parent by schools that I came to the conclusion that this basic responsibility and right was usurped. Thus, my efforts, travels and travails over the past 40 years.