Prior to establishing a consulting firm in 1991, Valerie worked for sixteen years in the public sector, beginning in social program delivery, moving to policy analysis, and then to senior management. She worked with the governments of Canada, Ontario and British Columbia in social housing, criminal justice, substance abuse, and labour-related areas.
Her specific positions included: Deputy Minister's liaison for BC Ministry of Labour (with Labour Relations Board, WCB, Human Rights Commission, Liquor Distribution Branch); Director of Management Services, Alcohol and Drug Programs, Ministry of Health; Senior Project Officer, Ministry of Attorney General; Manager, Community Housing with both CMHC and Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing; Project Coordinator, Ontario Housing Corporation. She also held a part-time policy analyst position with the Caring for First Nations Children Society.
Valerie has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Lakehead University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University. She has completed courses with Statistics Canada, has been trained in Outcome Mapping, and recently obtained her Certificate in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation.
Valerie's professional affiliations include membership in the Canadian Evaluation Society, the American Evaluation Association, the International Association for Public Participation, and the Canadian Public Health Association.
She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Suddenly Dance Theatre Company. In the past, she has been on the Boards of the BC Lottery Corporation, the Victoria Cool Aid Society, and the James Bay Child Care Society.