Hello there! I’m a third year Creative Writing major and Sociology minor student at Vancouver Island University (VIU). I’m the Editor for Rebel Mountain Press’ forthcoming Disabled Voices Anthology. I’m currently working on my year-long archival art project, #CripTaxProject, which I hope to turn into a book when complete.
I am the former Gallery Assistant at The View Gallery, Social Media Specialist for Navigator Student Press, and co-chair of VIU’s student-led Disability Club. I was the VIU Creative Writing Department Student Representative for the 2018/19 academic year.
Outside work and school, I can often be found writing, drawing, or baking. I’m active within the online Disability community, and strive to keep up-to-date with discourse around accessibility, allyship, ableism and the like. When I have some free time, you might even catch me devouring the latest issue of Bitch.
As an adolescent, I was interested in various activist causes including environmentalism and LGBTQ+ rights. As an adult, I’ve become particularly interested in Disability awareness, rights and justice. Over the past couple years, I have connected with others in the online Disability community, learning much with regards to access, rights and allyship. I helped found the student-led Disability Club at my university in hopes of connecting the community in my town.
Ultimately, I am committed to creating a more accessible environment or encouraging access improvements everywhere I go. At VIU, I refuse to hold back on calling for access improvements and have seen most of my suggestions met with sincerity. At Navigator Student Press, I have mandated new requirements for social media accessibility with the approval of my Managing Editor. I have also advocated for inclusivity improvements within the Creative Writing Department and have had my suggestions adopted for the current program review.
I hope to help contribute to Disability education and awareness. As a person with multiple invisible disabilities, I believe I have a unique perspective to offer the conversation around Disability. I think I can illustrate to others understand the fact that Disability is a spectrum rather than something to understood as black and white.