Brief Biography

Judy is a highly motivated, high-energy educational consultant with a demonstrated track record for fostering learning and promoting multicultural diversity. She is a recipient of an Excellence of Teaching Award and the Alberta Centennial Medal for innovative approaches to education and the promotion of cultural diversity.

Judy is from a family of 9 children: 4 biological siblings of Scandinavian descent and 5 adopted from varied multicultural backgrounds. During the 60’s, many commented her family looked like the United Nations. Her Mom early identified that the First Nations siblings needed to learn about their heritage and so Judy’s journey began along with them. During that time, she was traditionally adopted into a family from the Samson Cree Nation and over time she has learned the beauty and strength of the First Nations People by actively participating in many traditional ceremonies and the teachings of Plains Cree Spiritual Leaders.

Judy is an avid collector of First Nations artifacts and loves to travel. As a trained investigator for Corrections Service Canada, Judy can often be found working in federal correctional facilities. As well, Judy is a former board member for 16 years on the Citizens Advisory Committee at Pe Sakastew Healing Centre in Maskwacis where the goal is to successfully reintegrate the offenders into the community. She presently works with Alberta Human Services as a committee member for Social Care Facilities. She enjoys the 14 grandchildren from her blended family with her husband Roy.