Manjeet Uppal, Professor and CYC ChairManjeet Uppal

Associate Arts Criminology (Camosun College); Bachelors Social Science (University of Ottawa); Masters Social Science (University of Ottawa).

  • Nanaimo Campus, Building 180, Room 441
    Phone: (250) 740-6651, Local 6651
  • Cowichan Campus, Building 700, Room 326
    Phone: (250) 746-3564, Local 3564
  • E-mail: Manjeet.Uppal@viu.ca

Manjeet’s professional background includes close to 20 years working with Aboriginal and First Nations communities around services to children, youth and families. Manjeet’s active involvement in many community projects includes the development of a street worker program and drop-in centre for youth, an organizing role in community outreach programs including suicide prevention & intervention committees and committees to end domestic violence. He has also served on the advisory board of a family health centre/pregnancy outreach program and the Victoria Family Court Committee. He is a social activist and is involved in many political and social causes. Manjeet joined the VIU faculty of Child and Youth Care in 2007. He has taught for the faculty of Child and Youth Care at University of Victoria, and as an instructor with the Aboriginal Child Welfare Training Project. Areas of specialty include CYC Practice in Aboriginal and First Nations Communities, Diversity and Cross Cultural Practice, Statutory Child Welfare Practice, Youth Criminal Justice &Youth Based Practice and Community Development.

Bonnie-Jean Buffie, ProfessorBonnie-Jean Buffie

Bachelors in Child & Youth Care (University of Victoria): Masters of Public Administration (University of Victoria),

Bonnie-Jean has worked as a Child and Youth Care Professional for the past 20+ years in a variety of capacities including: school-based and police-based counselling, residential care, and addictions and mental health services. She has a particular interest in collaborative community development and supporting the practice of healthy holistic practice in the field.  Bonnie has been an instructor in the CYC Program at VIU since 2003 and continues to work with children, youth and families in non-profit organizations with a focus on spirituality, mental health and addictions. When not teaching she can be found in the outdoors with her own family camping, hiking or kayaking.

Jamie Covey, Practicum Coordinator

ECE Diploma (Grant McEwan College); Bachelors Physical Education & Sports Study (University of Alberta); Masters Art (University of Victoria)

  • Nanaimo Campus, Building 180, Room 445
    Phone: 250-740-6269
  • Cowichan Campus, Building 700, Room 326
    Phone: (250) 746-3564, Local 3564
  • E-mail: Jamie.Covey@viu.ca

Jamie Covey has worked as a Child and Youth Care Professional for the past 20+ years in a variety of capacities including: school-based, day care, residential care, orphanages, and physical activity based programs. She has a particular interest in physical activity and sport for children & youth and continues to do collaborative research in this area. Jamie has been a contract instructor in the ECEC Programs at VIU since 2006 and has been the Child and Youth Care and Early Childhood Education and Care Practicum Coordinator since 2011.  When not teaching she can be found in the outdoors trail running and hiking or working in her yard.

Teri Derksen, Professor & Student  Advisor

Bachelors in Child & Youth Care (University of Victoria); Masters Child & Youth Care (University of Victoria);Teri Derksen

  • Nanaimo Campus, Building 180, Room 438
    Phone: 250-740-6131
  • Cowichan Campus, Building 700, Room 326
    Phone: (250) 746-3564, Local 3564
  • E-mail:Teri.Derksen@viu.ca

Teri has worked for over twenty years in the field of child and youth care, primarily with adolescents, as a front-line worker, program administrator and community development worker in the non-profit sector and in municipal government. Teri has a passion for activity-based child and youth care work, which is grounded in the many poignant experiences she has had with youth hiking, climbing, paddling and just ‘hanging around’ in nature. Teri has also had the opportunity to work extensively with communities as both a Community Programmer and Community Youth Development Worker for municipal social planning and recreation departments. Her interest in communities became a major focus for her graduate work, which culminated in her master’s thesis entitled Community-Level Interventions in Child and Youth Care Practice. Teri has been a national trainer for an international organization dedicated to cross cultural and peace education; has facilitated life skills workshops for youth and has taught for both recreation and child and youth care programs at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University. Teri brings her passion for communities and activity based work to the classroom where she strives to work with students to create a climate for learning through play, exploration, and active participation.  

Stephen Javorski, Professor

PhD (ABD) Outdoor Experiential Education, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, MA Transpersonal Stephen JavorskiCounselling Psychology, Specialization in Wilderness Therapy, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, BSc Life Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, NOLS Whitewater Canoeing and Wilderness Instructor, Whitehorse, YT,

  • Nanaimo Campus, Building 180, Room 443
    Phone: 250-753-3245, Local 2189
  • Cowichan Campus, Building 700, Room 326
    Phone: (250) 746-3564, Local 3564
  • E-mail: Stephen.Javorski@viu.ca

Stephen is currently a professor in the Child and Youth Care department at Vancouver Island University. He has over 20 years of experience working with youth and young adults as a facilitator, guide, program manager, and counsellor, offering educational and therapeutic programming in settings ranging from schools to challenge courses to multi-week canoe expeditions in Canada’s North. He has a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology with a Wilderness Therapy specialization from Naropa University. He is currently completing his PhD in Outdoor Experiential Education with a focus on Outdoor Behavioural Healthcare (OBH)at the University of New Hampshire. Stephen’s research interests include risk management and  predictors of clinical change in OBH programs and applications of adventure therapy/activity-based interventions in community settings. He is a research associate for the Outdoor Behavioural Healthcare Centre and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and programs, is a member of the Association for Experiential Education, and has served on the leadership council for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group.

For information on the new Therapeutic Applications of Wilderness course, go to http://bit.ly/CYC-391


Geraldine Manson, Elder-In-Residence

Geraldine is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, is married to Earl Manson, has three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Geraldine has worked for her community for over 17 years. “I give credit for my cultural wisdom and education to my Elders’, present and those who have passed on." As the Elders’ Coordinator for Snuneymuxw First Nations, she carries many other responsibilities that relate to the culture and traditions of her community. She has been an elected council-member for more than nine years. Today, she is being mentored by Dr. Ellen White, Kwulasulwut, in the traditional cultural practices of the Snuneymuxw people.

Ashleigh Martinflatt, Professor

Bachelors Child & Youth Care (University of Victoria); Masters Social Work (University of Toronto);

Ashleigh began her career in child and youth Care while completing her degree in CYC
at the University of Victoria. For the first few years she worked with at-risk youth in a community setting and enjoyed the spunky attitudes of the youth she had the privilege of working with. She also had the unique opportunity of working internationally in Guyana, working with children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. This was an extremely challenging and rewarding experience, and she hopes to work internationally again someday. Ashleigh's career then took her to beautiful Campbell River where she was employed by MCFD in the Child Protection field. The next eight years of her life were in Child Protection in Campbell River and Toronto. While in Toronto, Ashleigh obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is now back on the island and loving being back in BC. Although Ashleigh is a full-time instructor, she still practices in the CYC field in her areas of passion: child protection, adoption, at risk youth, family support, and community prevention programs. She feels that this current front-line work impacts her teaching in a positive way and she looks forward to seeing you in one of her classes!

Stephanie McCune, ProfessorStephanie McCune

Doctorate Social Sciences (University of Tilburg, Netherlands)

Stephanie currently works for a large health organization specifically in the area of substance use. Through her role she has continued to build on her PhD work and introduce and develop collaborative therapeutic practices for individuals, families and groups accessing substance use treatment services. Stephanie sees her key role as influencing organizational change by promoting direct service practices that foster compassion, inclusion and partnership, and address the stigma, shame and isolation often encountered by people affected by substance use. She has developed literature for the Province of British Columbia to support parents and caregivers affected by substance use.  She released a book in the fall of 2015 written to aid direct service provider’s in their efforts to integrate collaborative group approaches for people accessing substance use programming. Stephanie is very interested in research, specifically research that privileges the voices of those often not heard in the substance use field (families, caregivers, practitioners). Stephanie has recently begun an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) project to elicit practitioner stories and opportunities for engaging families and carers of individuals involved in substance use services.

Leanne Rose

Leanne Rose, Professor

Bachelors Child & Youth Care (University of Victoria); Masters Child & Youth Care (University of Victoria)

  • Nanaimo Campus, Building 180, Room 442
  • Phone: 250-740-6596 | Fax: 250-740-6466
  • E-mail: Leanne.Rose@viu.ca

For Leanne, Child and Youth Care is at the core of her being. Since her beginnings as a child and youth care worker in Alberta, Leanne has had a passion for the professionalization of the field and has put much of her working energy towards enhancing Child and Youth Care’s profile; primarily through certification. Leanne is a writer and supports the development of the field’s knowledge base through her submission to Relational Child and Youth Care Practice. As an instructor, Leanne is passionate about seeing the value of children and youth; exploring the ideas and minds of students; engaging in playful interactions, and bringing her personality to her relationships in the classroom.

Heather Sanrud, Professor

Heather Sanrud

Masters Child & Youth Care (University of Victoria); BCATR; RCAT; Dip; AT (BC School of Art Therapy); BEd

Heather is a Registered Art Therapist with both the BC and the Canadian Art Therapy Associations, and she has studied Expressive Arts at The European Graduate School in Switzerland. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal. Her background includes over 20 years of

work with children, youth, and families in a variety of community settings, where art and creativity have been at the heart of her practice. Heather facilitates groups, workshops, and retreats emphasizing art making for personal and professional growth. She has been teaching in the Child and Youth Care (CYC) Programs at VIU since 1999, following particular interests in Expressive Arts, Person-Centered Practice, Humour & Health, and Self-Reflection in practice. Her teaching philosophy is strongly influenced by educator and author Parker Palmer, who writes about the courage of teaching, and art therapist and author Shaun McNiff, who writes about trusting the process. Heather’s passion for self-reflection encourages her to welcome the opportunity for herself and students to embark on a journey of self-discovery recognizing that the more intense the struggle, the more deeply the discovery of how the process will ultimately carry them to a new place. Her master's thesis, Listening to the Self-Doubt Voice: What Do Child and Youth Care Practitioners Experience? has been published into a little book and is available from MoreBooks


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