Hi, my name is Kim (she/her) and I’m a fourth-year Bachelor of Social Work placement student with KWIC working under the START program. I have been a settler in the Nogojiwanong area for more than 20 years. Through my studies in both social work and Indigenous courses, I have become passionate about finding ways as a settler to engage with Indigenous people and communities in ways that are giving, invited or reciprocal rather than the extractive, unwanted and exploitative ways my forebears have done. I completed my third-year placement at Sage and Sunshine Culture-Based School and learned a lot about being an ally for Indigenous people. I am also very passionate about studying gender-based violence, its causes and its correlates.
I am a single mother of four kiddos and was a stay-at-home parent for ten years before coming to Trent to study Social Work. I enjoy anything that allows me to be on the water, especially paddle boarding and kayaking with my dog. As a family we love camping, hiking and going out for donuts together.