Lisa joined the University of Saskatchewan in October 2012 as Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement at the University’s satellite office at Station 20 West in Saskatoon’s inner city which is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.
Lisa leads a small community engagement team and office focused on strengthening community-university relationships aimed at building social, educational, economic, and health equity through collaboration, experiential learning and research. The office serves as a doorway for the broader community to access the university and for university scholars, staff and students to connect and collaborate with community partners.
For over 15 years, Lisa worked in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan mostly with not-for-profit organizations in a number of different capacities from the coordination of anti-violence programming to supporting organizations with strategic planning. Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan, she served as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network. In this capacity, she lead a nimble team of staff and worked with a diverse group of provincial and territorial stakeholders to address literacy and essential skills needs and inform policy. In 2013 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for working to improve literacy and skill levels of Canadians.
Lisa serves as the co-chair of the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership—a coordinated, multi-sectoral collaboration with a common vision for poverty reduction in Saskatoon. For the past two years, she has been part of a project team working within the Poverty Reduction Hub of the SSHRC-funded Communities First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, and she’s served as the University’s Broker representative to the Canadian Research Impact Network.
Lisa's a champion of public libraries and serves as the vice-chair of the Saskatoon Public Library Board. She holds a BA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Continuing Education with a Specialization in Workplace Learning from the University of Calgary.