CHAMPION PROFILE: Introducing Susan Hopkins, Ed.D., Executive Director of Safe and Caring

Guest Post by: Dr. Nancy Gibson, medical anthropologist and Senior Researcher with CIET

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Susan Hopkins joined the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities as Executive Director in August 2014.

As the new Executive Director of Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, Susan brings a rich range of experience to her position. With degrees in political science and educational leadership, Susan has been a K-12 teacher, an administrator in several school systems, a researcher in the area of resilience among at-risk youth and continues to teach additional qualification courses for Queens University. Most recently she held senior positions with the Northwest Territorial Government where she developed a play and culture-based kindergarten curriculum, co-authored the early childhood framework and was responsible for implementing the Early Development Instrument across the NWT.

Susan’s experience as a leader in these various arenas has provided her with the ability to understand issues from several perspectives, and to select the strengths of each one to create integrated strategies. She has worked both internationally in Italy and in Canada with Aboriginal children and staff. Susan is an imaginative, yet pragmatic mentor. The well-being of the community is always first in her heart and mind.

Please join us in welcoming Susan to Alberta and the Safe and Caring community!

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