Heather has years of work experience in the disability field and also volunteers for a number of initiatives promoting accessibility.
Heather first worked with us from 2010-2011 when our provincial InfoLine was new. She was a big part of developing our InfoLine services and building our SCI Information Database.
Realizing that she wanted to further her education, Heather decided to go back to university to get her master’s degree in Social Work at UNBC in Prince George. Through fortuitous timing, a position with us opened up shortly after she finished school in 2013.
As SCI BC’s InfoLine Services Lead, Heather handles InfoLine calls from clients who may need assistance over the long term, or who are dealing with multiple issues related to their disability. She works with families and individuals who are new to spinal cord injury, as well as individuals who were injured many years ago.
Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and Canadian history from Carleton University and worked as a journalist before she decided that she wanted to be in a helping profession. The experience also gave Heather, who has been visually impaired since birth, some perspective on discrimination in the workplace.
Heather’s volunteer work includes sitting on national, provincial, and local committees related to accessibility, disability advocacy and standards development. She is passionate about addressing ableism in society and pursuing social justice for people with disabilities.
Heather grew up in Prince George and has spent time living in England and Mexico, as well as several provinces in Canada. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her enjoying the great outdoors: skiing, hiking and playing in the snow.
My Latest Posts
- Active Transportation Summit: Accessible for All
- Four Ways to Combat Isolation This Holiday Season
- The Basics You Should Know: Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada
- BC Bus North: Is Northern BC’s Greyhound stand-in widening the accessibility gap?
- NCLGA Calls for Changes to BC Building Code
- Nutrition. Fitness. Connection. Mindfulness… And what it all means when it comes to SCI.
- CROWDFUNDING 101: How To Start Your Own Online Fundraiser
- Federal Party Platforms & Disability Issues: 2015 Canadian Election Guide
- Why You Really Should Vote
- Nature for Everybody: New Accessible Trails in BC