Community engagement and social justice have been strong threads throughout Christie's personal and professional life. An active volunteer with a number of community organizations, Christie has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years. She has a strong understanding of the intersection between the governance and practice of building healthy, inclusive, and hopeful communities. Christie is deeply committed to the notion that when people work together they can overcome complex issues and that diversity is our greatest strength. She understands that community conversations must be multi-faceted, dynamic, and that building relationships takes time.
Christie first began working in partnership with Tamarack when she was the Coordinator of the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network where she helped facilitate a coordinated approach to the delivery of services for those living in poverty in the Peterborough region. She holds an M.Ed from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto where she focused her research on youth participation in democratic processes, transformational learning, peace building, popular and environmental education.
With her home base in the beautiful Peterborough, Ontario, Christie loves her community, gardens, running, yoga and playing Ultimate. Family is at the centre of her life, with her husband and two young children.