Vikki’s experience includes consulting, training and clinical supervision with refugees and survivors of torture, mental health and substance abuse counsellors, rape crisis counsellors, frontline and housing workers and transgender and queer communities. She has developed curriculum and taught Group Work, Trauma, and Diversity courses at Vancouver Community College, Adler University and the University of British Columbia. She received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Instructor from City University where she has taught for more than ten years. Vikki has presented her work internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Britain, Belgium, Sweden and Ireland and works in solidarity with:
- Peak House – residential program for youth struggling with substance misuse, opression and exploitation.
- Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre – free low-barrier wellness services to transgender and gender non-conforming people.
- Rain City Housing Society – delivering progressive housing and support solutions for people living with mental illness, addictions and other challenges in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, Canada.
- Atira Women’s Resource Society – feminist based non-profit providing housing, advocacy and support.
How did I get here?
In the early nineties I was giving a speech in Washington State on behalf of Amnesty International. We were protesting an execution. “Here We Are, Amazingly Alive, Against Long Odds”.
I have been heavily involved in activist communities for more than 30 years working with diverse social justice groups. The act of witnessing, the concept of solidarity and a deep commitment to justice have evolved from my activist experiences and are integrated into my current community work. In bridging activism and community work, I envision our collective community work as doable and sustainable.
This work has transformed into the foundation of the book I have written for my PhD, titled: Doing Justice as a Path to Sustainability in Community Work.
Profile article from Adler University, Counselling for Social Change: Transforming through Activism.