Debbie, was born and raised on the traditional unceded lands of the Secwepemc territories, and has lived on and off on the (unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations) also known as Vancouver since 1994.
With over 20 years of experience as a helping professional, her background as a clinician in healthcare has had a primary focus on treating a broad range of mental health concerns, with some related to physical conditions, as well as the impacts from systemic oppression. She considers addressing the social determinants of health to create a holistic treatment plan.
Debbie identifies as a a cisgender white woman, and uses the pronouns she/ her. She describes herself as warm, empathetic, and a caring individual. She has had the honour of working and traveling internationally, which has further increased her interest and curiosity about the wonderful diversity of the human experience. Her work abroad involved supporting youth in Ireland, and women and children in India.
Debbie finds connecting with nature, music, and laughter provide rich ways to enhance her presence, and to provide deep connection to herself and others. In her free time she enjoy playing the guitar and singing, spending time in nature, reading, and watching comedy.
Social Service Worker Program
– Langara College, Vancouver, BC
Bachelor of Social Work (Indigenous Studies Focus)
– Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
Master of Social Work
– Renison College University/University of Waterloo