My Life

My natural habitat is the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Vancouver, BC.  I was born here.

I am a workshop leader, consultant, visual artist, volunteer and citizen.

I converse, confer, collaborate, and cooperate. I like words – especially ones which alliterate.

I have a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia where I majored in Art Education. My first teaching jobs took me into the realm of adult education at Capilano College and the BC Institute of Technology. Through my consulting group, Mary Bennett’s Learning Exchange, I designed and facilitated  workshops on teambuilding, communications, change and creativity.

From 2000 to 2008, I was Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council (the national office of the Unitarian Church). I lived half-time in Toronto and half-time at home in Vancouver with travel all over the country (Travel included some places I might never otherwise have got to such as Gimli, Manitoba;  St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Bouctouche, New Brunswick).

I started working for the Community Arts Council of Vancouver in the fall of 2008 as Administrator (their only staff person in the previous ten years). Part-time work has allowed me the flexibility to spend more time on my own visual art, writing, volunteer work, friends and family.

I enjoy facilitating meetings and workshops and individual consultations, sometimes using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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