Sometimes our professional lives come together in unexpectedly wonderful ways.
Such is the case with my current position as Chaplain and Faculty Mentor at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia. Here, I divide my time between public speaking, process facilitation, and exploring life choices with staff and students originating from roughly 25 countries on five continents. Combine this context with support for continued learning, professional creativity, and a network of colleagues spread across North America and the place becomes somewhat ideal.
Up until joining the school, most of my roles as an ordained minister within the United Church involved some form of conflict management in the face of financial crisis, frayed relationships, or sexual misconduct.
My prior incarnation revolved around the corporate community, where my speaking and facilitation centred on the impact of values within organizational cultures and interpersonal relationships. Eventually, my practice extended into the public and non-profit sectors as well.
Alongside these endeavours, I headed a non-profit that promoted discussion on ethics within the corporate community, including the establishment of a regional ethics award in conjunction with the country’s largest credit union. I also served on the boards of outreach societies that focused on providing food, shelter, and services to members of the street community.
Holding degrees in Economics (Bachelor of Arts) and Theology (Master of Divinity and Master of Theology), my formal academic focus was on Applied Ethics and Corporate Culture. Afterwards, my learning interests expanded to include Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Leadership Theory, Character Education and Professional/Personal Coaching. Given the requirements of my current role, writing and speaking are a constant part of my life, including contributions of fiction and non-fiction work within my field.
On the personal side, I live in Victoria with my amazingly resilient spouse of over 25 years. Our daughter is currently completing her graduate studies in the UK, causing me moments of intense jealousy. Over the years, our household has included a series of cats, several Great Danes, and, almost inexplicably, one Miniature Schnauzer. When not at work or writing, you’ll likely find me commuting on my bike, playing with my camera, or enjoying great food with friends.