Sandra and Jane have known one another for more than 20 years through the field of early childhood education and child care. Over the years, their paths have crossed related to various projects and initiatives. Sandra lives in Victoria, BC but is currently travelling extensively throughout Canada & the United States. Shortly after her retirement in 2014, Jane invited her to join the 45 Conversations Partner Advisor Team. She provides Jane with feedback and wisdom about many aspects of the Conversations on Early Childhood Education & Child Care and a number of other 45 Conversations initiatives.
Sandra is a dynamic people-centred Senior Executive with a strong social conscience. She is a team builder has a history of successes in the development and implementation of innovative research, policy and practice in the social development field, particularly for vulnerable populations. Most recently Chief of Staff with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Sandra has served as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Integrated Quality Assurance and Child Care Operations for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia, Director, Infrastructure and Development for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, the Chief of Staff for the Honourable Ken Dryden, Minister, Social Development Canada and the Executive Director for the Canadian Child Care Federation. She is highly strategic and has a natural ability to devise big picture strategies and solutions. A gifted public speaker and communicator, Sandra is known for her ability to inspire others to reach further, invest more and accomplish much. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, National Award for Excellence in Child Care and the Canada Volunteer Award.