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As Chief Executive Officer of GRIT (Edmonton), Barb provides leadership for advancing inclusive early learning and childcare and is a strong advocate upholding the rights of children with disabilities.

Barb’s work is grounded in the core values of applying research to practice, family engagement, and life-long learning. A recent success has been in launching ASaP (Access, Support and Participation) an innovative project to build upon the knowledge, skills and confidence of early childhood educators to meaningfully include all children in their programs. ASaP has now scaled across Alberta and Canada.

Barb holds a Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership and is grateful for experiences to share her program’s work and research across Canada and internationally. Barb’s contributions to the sector have been recognized as a recipient of YWCA Woman of Distinction (2010), MacEwan Distinguished Alumni (2011) and the Bruce Uditsky Leadership Award (2021).

She is indebted for the mentorship and learning received from so many individuals who have shaped her values and knowledge and looks forward to continued learning with the Bredin Centre Board.

Barb joined the Board in 2021 and sits on the Governance and Human Resources committee.