Pat’s parents valued learning and teaching. They knew that the key to a successful career and life in general could be realized through Higher Education. They often used everyday life activities as opportunities to frame learning, while masked as family fun. For instance, making an apple pie with even the youngest of seven children involved around a kitchen table. Learning math/reading/science or typing were usually structured into ongoing lessons whenever possible. With two older siblings and four younger ones there was always room to share what you knew or to learn from someone else. Pat believes that her journey as a lifelong learner was inspired by her parents Eric and Kathleen.
An early career in physiotherapy practice and administration enabled Pat to develop an expertise in rehabilitation medicine. Her natural leadership talent drew her to the Board of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario where she became President and served 6 years on the board. She answered the call to become a teacher/professor when she transitioned from Hospital Administration to a teaching position at Humber College. Originally teaching in the biosciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology) Pat and her colleagues also wrote and published several books and lab manuals that were used across many colleges. Once again Pat was called upon by a mentor to pursue higher learning and advance her leadership career within the College. Consequently, Pat the “lifelong learner” completed a M.A. Ed through Central Michigan University and her Ph.D. in Higher Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University while becoming the Director of Professional Development and eLearning at Humber College. Along the way she collaborated with an International Team of Professors and Administrators sponsored by The League for Innovation developing and delivering an award winning Faculty Education Program.
Pat’s doctoral work in Quality Learning Management Systems has led her to work throughout North America with Gov’t. Ministries/Departments, Colleges and University clients. Often working with leaders who are challenged finding solutions, developing strategies-initiatives and/or designing the solutions to improve the outcomes and overall efficiencies needed in Higher Education. Presidents and Senior Academic leaders seek her expertise in quality review, curriculum development, e-learning strategies and professional development of faculty and administrators so their institution maintains ministry or occupational accreditations and to reframe and rethink education in the modern world.
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