I graduated from UBC Graduate Studies, with a Doctorate in 1994, at the age of 54!
Since 1977, as a registered psychologist, I had a variety of professional, interesting interactions while practicing at Children’s Hospital, having B.C. government contracts, and in private practice.
While working on my Ed.D. I had the opportunity to do consulting in Bella Bella, 3 days a month for a few years. I learned so much from this Community. For example, if there is a potluck, attend it as your clients will not be at their appointment.
In 1999, I received the Park Davidson Award for a significant contribution to Psychology in British Columbia from the British Columbia Psychological Association for my work in the sexual abuse field.
When I retired, it was an enjoyable experience writing my autobiography and having it published, “Are You There Gin? It’s Me, Mary Ann at 80.” I did this for my children and grandchildren as I realized there was information about my elder relatives I wished I knew.
I play violin duets with a friend. We enjoy playing with the Brock House Chamber Group and Orchestra on a weekly basis.
In 2021, a group of women from a diverse educational, age-wise, financial, professional, religious, political, and sexual backgrounds established a Canadian registered, non-profit organization, WoW-Wings on Women. We provide women with educational, empowerment, and financial support in furthering their lives. We raise money and attract new members by participating in the UBC Farmer Market on the first and third Saturday, June-October.
Meeting Marry Ann
What is your most memorable experience from your time in the Faculty of Education?
My most memorable experience while in the graduate program was being asked to consult in Bella-Bella.
Where has your education from the Faculty of Education taken you in your career?
As a registered psychologist, I stated I had a variety of professional, interesting things happen while working at Children’s Hospital, having B.C. contracts and in private practice.
Where do issues of inclusion find a place in your life or at work?
Issues of inclusion working in Bella-Bella and in the 2021 Organization, WoW=Wings on Women, last paragraph. Perhaps I should have included countries of origin in the diversity sentence.
Do you have any words of wisdom for current students? Newly graduated folks?
I think my words of advice to new grads is “don’t walk by an open door.” You can always turn around and walk out but if you walk by, you may miss an opportunity that will never come your way again.