Alex identifies a white-settler of largely Welsh and Scottish descent, though her complete ancestry is complex and undetermined. She grew up on the traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations, now also known as Surrey, British Columbia. She is currently a visitor on the lands of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Leni-Lunaape peoples where she studies at the University of Western Ontario.
In the last ten years, Alex has worked as an advocate and community-partner with several non-profit organizations aimed at supporting marginalized populations in Canada and India. Focusing much of her work in inner city neighbourhoods as a clinical counsellor, Alex is particularly sensitive to the social inequities perpetuated by settler-colonialism and uses her position as an artist/researcher/educator to highlight and shift common practices in education that separate humans from their entangled, and deeply political, relationships with the places in which they live. Alex is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum Studies to further her ability to think and act as a leader in environmental education and social change.
As a practicing artist, poet and member of British Columbia’s public-school system, Alex holds a passionate interest in arts-based methods in environmental education research. A member of the University of Victoria’s Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, Alex has had the opportunity to support children in Canada and India in critically and creatively responding to complex issues in their environments through community- and arts-based research. Through innovative methods and curricula, Alex’s work taps into the sensorial role of arts in environmental education and research toward new understandings of sustainability and social justice for children of the 21st century.