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

Barb work is grounded in the core values of applying research to practice, family engagement, and life-long learning. Through advocacy and leveraging partnerships, Barb was successful in launching ASaP (Access, Support and Participation) an innovative adult capacity-building project to build upon the knowledge, skills and confidence of early childhood educators. ASaP has now scaled across Alberta.

Barb holds a Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership and is grateful for experiences to share her 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 and looks forward to continued learning with the Bredin Centre board.

Barb sits on the Governance and Human Resources committee.