My classes with structure and flexibility, depending upon the needs of the students. For high school or junior high school students, I follow Alberta Education's curriculum as much as possible. I like teacher / student(s) discussion. I assign and review homework.
I am an environmental consultant as well as a freelance writer and editor. I have written or edited both creative prose and technical reports over many years of experience. I hold two bachelor of science degrees from University of Alberta.
B.Sc. (Agriculture) with majors in Soil Science and Agronomy (1978); and B.Sc. (Forestry) in 1994, both from University of Alberta, Edmonton. High school and Junior High School completed in Lusaka, Zambia at International School of Lusaka (1969 to 1971), Evelyn Hone College (1972), and University of Zambia (1972 to 1973). Also attended Eastglen Composite High School (1969) and Lawton Junior High School in Edmonton (1966 to 1969), during which I was awarded prizes for top scholastic marks at Lawton in both Grades 8 and 9. I attended Beverly Heights Elementary School in Edmonton (1961 to 1966), where I was accelerated to do both Grades 3 and 4 in one year.
During my professional career, I also completed short-courses in: interpersonal communication, technical writing, computer word processing, radio/tv broadcast writing, and public speaking at NAIT, University of Alberta, or through Alberta Government.
2) Working Career:
I currently own/operate an environmental consulting service (Soil & Forestry Consulting) and RGP Writing & Editing Services in Edmonton, Alberta since October 2015. I previously worked as an intermediate to senior project environmental scientist with Thurber Engineering Ltd. in Edmonton (2003 to October 2015), where I wrote and edited 200 technical reports in-house, as well as reviewed technical reports for content, done by other environmental consultants. I previously owned and operated a forestry and agricultural consulting service (Soil & Forestry Consulting) from 1994 to 2003 and also was technical expert and office manager for Symbiotech Research Inc. in 2001 to 2002. I served as an agroforester development worker in Nigeria, west Africa, with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) from 1988 to 1991; I was previously seconded by MCC to be the office manager for Lancaster County Conflict Mediation Centre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA (1987 to 1988). I worked for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) in Lethbridge, as a Soil Specialist (1978 to 1987) and initially in 1978 as a farm labourer at Brooks Horticultural Research Centre.
I am in process of self-publishing "Enduring Art, Active Faith", a collection of short stories, essays, poetry and depictions of visual art, created by three generations of my family, through FriesenPress of Victoria, BC. I have written a novel about young expatriates coming of age in southern Africa during the early 1970s, called "Come By Here, My Lord", which is currently being edited by a professional and will be published by 2019.
I wrote approximately 30 essays on cross-cultural experiences while working with MCC in west Africa or in northeastern USA, several of which were published in MCC or other church magazines. While with AAF in Lethbridge, I was co-author of the provincial policy document Procedures Manual for Land Irrigability Classification in Alberta (1983) and also provided input on soil classification for a farm irrigation course (1984). I wrote over 3,000 irrigation assessment reports for water rights (Level II), plus seven land classification reports for development or rehabilitation of irrigation water delivery/drainage systems, and several associated saline/wetland inventories across southern Alberta.
I am trained in conflict resolution (mediation, arbitration, negotiation and consensus building) and, as a volunteer with Edmonton Mediation & Restorative Justice Centre or Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, completed approximately 100 neighbourhood, victim/offender or commercial dispute cases as a volunteer mediator between 1992 an 2005.
I serve or have served as a volunteer board member on various social services organizations, including: Edmonton Mediation & Restorative Justice Centre (2001 to 2003), Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (2005 to 2009), College of Alberta Professional Foresters Council (2011 to 2013), Forests Without Borders (2010 to 2017), North Edmonton Ministry of Mennonite Church Alberta (2011 to present), and Edmonton Ten Thousand Villages Society (2016 to present).
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