After leaving my career of 13 years in the corporate world and financial IT, I found my way into a Permaculture Design Course in May 2014, at the Panya Project in Thailand.
While on the course, I was so inspired to find a concept so positive and full of solutions to so many of our sustainability and environmental problems, that I co-founded GrowingSmart on immediate return to Hong Kong!
We are now a permaculture-based project which is centred around small-scale regenerative farming, and education. We are not only interested in food production but also in how to do that while leaving the land, biodiversity, nature and community around us in a better condition than we found it.
We are also dedicated to being part of the movement bringing farming back home to Hong Kong by sharing our work with both adults and children through various workshops and programs.
Permaculture has opened my eyes to living responsibly on the earth with a sense of enhancing life rather than compromising it. With just a tiny shift in perception – I genuinely believe we can do anything.
I am an experienced educator, permaculture practitioner and conservationist from Canada. My work has ranged from promoting experiential learning and environmental programmes in Hong Kong to working on permaculture projects in eco-communities and organic farms in Asia.
I am a qualified secondary school teacher with 17 years of teaching and curriculum development experience. I have travelled to over 100 countries and has worked within the tertiary and secondary education sectors and as a curriculum development officer for the Education Bureau (EDB) of Hong Kong.
I hold a Masters in Psychology, Education and Linguistics from Canada, Hong Kong and the UK respectively, and I have worked tirelessly with experiential learning providers, social enterprises and NGOs on promoting outdoor educational and sustainability projects across schools in Hong Kong, China, Canada and New Zealand.