Marilyn grew up in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories but spent her adult life in the east and Victoria. Prior to arriving 13 years ago in Victoria, she had been a parishioner at St. James, Saskatoon (while a student), Christ Church Cathedral Montréal, St. Thomas’s Church (also while a student) and Church of the Redeemer, Toronto. She lives and worships as a single person here but has a ‘long-distance partner’ in Toronto. She is god-mother to two wonderful guys, one in Vancouver and one in Montréal.
Marilyn was educated at Central Collegiate Institute in Moose Jaw (SK), University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon (BA in English and sociology), University of Wisconsin (M.Sc. in counselling), and the University of Toronto (PhD in educational theory). She was appointed assistant dean of students at Loyola of Montréal, Professor in the Applied Social Sciences Department at Concordia University, and currently professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University. At RRU, she launched leadership education in values-based leadership and teaches in its Doctor of Social Science degree program. She has edited a book with E. V. O’Sullivan, Learning toward an ecological consciousness(2004) and authored another, Emergent learning for wisdom(2011). Her commitment has consistently been education and research dedicated to make a practical difference in the world, specifically focused on values based leadership, organizational culture, and social science research for social benefit.
Having been simply a parishioner primarily, she is pleased to serve Christ Church Cathedral more actively as a way of giving back. She believes that faith traditions are more important in our society than ever.