Last year, I reported from Southeast Asia as one of three journalists in the country selected as 2017-18 Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada media fellows.
In 2017, I reported for BIV from Silicon Valley, and was one of 20 journalists from around the world selected to take part in the inaugural Investigative Journalism Intensive at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
In 2015, I travelled to Central America to investigate Canadian mining operations and their impacts on rural and indigenous communities. I was the first international journalist to visit Tahoe Resources’ controversial silver mine in Guatemala, and one of a handful to investigate the issues surrounding Goldcorp’s active and reclaimed mines in Guatemala and Honduras.
I’m passionate about a variety of international, environmental, political and cultural issues. Resource development is among them, as are terrorism, human rights, climate change and trade.
I graduated with distinction from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2014. While completing my bachelor of journalism, I spent six months studying international journalism, terrorism and political Islam at the University of Central Lancashire in England. I also spent six weeks undergoing conflict zone reporting training at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta.
A lifetime ago, I was Miss White Rock in 2008, and a Miss British Columbia Ambassador when the Olympics came to Vancouver. These were both highly involved ambassador positions that included extensive fundraising, public speaking and community engagement, along with more than a thousand hours of volunteering. Two lifetimes ago, I rocked out in an all-girl band.
I speak French fluently, am learning Spanish and am slowly learning Arabic. This blog is in English, and has tended to fall halfway between somewhat personal and semi-professional: a dedicated space for thoughts on what I read, see and hear. Thank you for visiting.