Jacqueline’s involvement in the education field spans twenty-five years, four countries, and three continents providing her with a comprehensive understanding of diverse school systems, varying admission processes, and cultural nuances. She began her education journey as a high school English and French teacher in Ontario and an ESL instructor in France. While living in the UK, Jacqueline founded Cross-Cultural Connections – an intercultural training consultancy – where she developed curricula and delivered training for Canadian transferees and their families. In addition, her interest in mentoring and developing young women motivated her to set up the International Women’s Development Network to facilitate relationship-building and networking opportunities for professional expatriate women.
Jacqueline furthered her interest in capacity building in Canada through her work with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon. This was followed by her role as a director of executive programs at SFU’s Faculty of Business where she gained first-hand experience with application selection, academic advising, and career counselling. More recently, Jacqueline applied her advisory skills to international transferees assisting them with their transition to work, school, and life in Canada. Jacqueline builds close connections with her clients and encourages them to identify key goals. She believes flexibility, proactive planning, and resiliency development are essential to personal empowerment. Jacqueline is excited to bring her diverse business and education experience to guide students to understand the many possibilities in the post-secondary education realm and to help them select the best possible fit.
As a parent of three young adults, she is familiar with the challenges of the final high school years and the university transition. She was actively involved in both the public and private school system and volunteered with the West Vancouver DPAC for many years. Jacqueline has a BA. from Western University, a B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and an M.Ed. from UBC. In addition, she holds a training management certificate from Sussex University, UK, and a BC certified human resources professional designation (CHRP).
When she isn’t working, Jacqueline can be found hiking with her dog, working out, going to yoga, and reading. She is an avid hockey fan and enjoys watching a good game on television or attending a dance performance.