Jodi holds a BA in Elementary Education, is certified with the Ontario Colleges of Teachers, and has enjoyed time as a classroom teacher in public, faith-based and private schools in Ontario, Manitoba and the USA. She has had opportunities to teach in a wide variety of educational settings from Kindergarten to Middle School, including time as a classroom music teacher and an adult ESL teacher. Jodi also helped initiate a special program to teach ESL to new Canadians, and has taught piano at a not-for-profit music school for children in Toronto’s east end.
Jodi’s heart for matters of social justice and compassion work has been shared in a myriad of meaningful ways – from her work at Nyumbani Hospice in Nairobi for orphaned children with HIV, to facilitating short-term missions trips for youth from across North America into inner-city Chicago, and from community-care youth work in inner-city Winnipeg to formal and informal community and parish engagement in Toronto’s downtown core.
Jodi, married to Mike, is also a mom. Much of her inspiration and enthusiasm is now informed by her love for her own daughter, and desire to shape the world she grows up in.