Musician, Educator, and Advocate in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Hi, I'm Jillian, but you can call me J!
I'm an inherently passionate person and have worn many hats in my academic and professional life: student, educator, musician, audio engineer, activist, facilitator, and the list goes on.
In 2006, I graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver with a diploma in Professional Recording Arts. I am now in my 4th year of an Undergrad degree in Sociology at the University of Victoria.
I like to take an active role in my education which has led me to various opportunities, including participating in a panel discussion at UVic's IdeaFest 2016 Games Without Frontiers called "Art as Games & the Playable City." I was also a feature writer for the Nexus Newspaper. I helped 0rganize Victoria's first queer film festival with Camosun Pride, and in 2014 I won a LOUD (Leadership, Opportunity, Unity, Diversity) Scholarship.
In addition to studying at UVic, I also work as a piano teacher for Long & McQuade and have worked as a facilitator for Out in Schools. I have had the privilege of speaking to high school class rooms throughout Vancouver Island about creating safer and more diverse learning environments. I also presented at the Love is Love conference.
I've had a blast working with the Girls Rock Campas their keyboard instructor and a workshop presenter on gender diversity. My summer gig has been working with the Oaklands Community Centre, taking on the role of Sound Technician and Stage Coordinator for their summer sunset market.