Meet Our Students (2021 Winter)

Read the biographies of our Doctor of Social Sciences students below.

Bali Rai

Bali Rai

Doctoral Student

Bali Rai is a doctoral student in Social Sciences at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada. His dissertation aims to explore the interrelationships between the ancestors (human beings), nature (all Creation), and the spirits (cosmos) through the Indigenous Worldviews of the Bayung (Bahing) Rai people of Nepal.

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Walter Alvarez-Baldales

Walter Alvarez-Baldales

Doctoral Student

Born in Guatemala, Walter Alvarez-Bardales left to escape war and poverty at a young age. Despite the many challenges during his journey to Canada, Walter became a successful civil servant working for the Canadian Federal Government. Walter completed the Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development program at Cape Breton University.

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Celina J. Sqwasulwut Williams

Celina J. Sqwasulwut Williams

Doctoral Student

Celina co-owns a private consulting company based in British Columbia and Alberta. Her company specializes in working with Indigenous individuals who struggle with trauma and addictions and would like to begin living a life of sobriety and recovery. Watching people willingly change their lives for the better and assisting in that process has been an incredibly rewarding experience for Celina in her work life.

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Denise Verrault

Denise Verrault

Doctoral Student

Denise C. Verreault is a proud band member of the Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation, Treaty 6, Alberta. For the past 20 years Denise has developed and managed social services, environmental and housing programs with numerous Indigenous communities across Canada, in Alberta, Ontario and most recently British Columbia.

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Georganne Oldham

Georganne Oldham

Doctoral Student

Georganne Oldham is an Organization and Leadership Development Professional, founder and principal with LeadershipMind Consulting. She works with leaders across industries and at all levels as a consultant, coach and educator. Georganne is an adjunct faculty member at Adler University and a senior faculty member in the Centre for Leadership at the Justice Institute of BC.

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Gina Trad

Gina Trad

Doctoral Student

Gina Trad is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works within the non-profit sector with folks who do not have access to affordable counselling services. Gina has been in private practice for over five years and has 15+ years of experience working with children, youth at risk, and families who have been affected by physical and psychological disabilities, abuse, addiction, and mental health.

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Lucy Sager

Lucy Sager

Doctoral Student

Lucy Sager is the owner and founder of All Nations Driving Academy.  This business was founded as a direct request from Indigenous Communities who identified drivers licenses as a barrier to employment and community safety. Lucy fiercely believes in the right to self-determination and that community members can close the gaps in social determinants of health when they are in control of their own transportation and mobility.

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KK Pinkowski

KK Pinkowski

Doctoral Student

KK N. Pinkowski is a lawyer and wellness professional passionate about work-life balance and finding what she calls “productive wellness”. Following a serious brain injury in 2017, KK’s commitment to health and wellness has only been amplified and she lights up when helping others achieve their wellness goals. A certified personal trainer, professional fitness instructor and health and wellness coach, KK continues to coach others while she works towards recovery from her injury.

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Jill Andres

Jill Andres

Doctoral Student

Jill Andres is a participatory process designer, facilitator, and coach whose work supports people from diverse backgrounds and sectors to deepen their understanding of complex, societal challenges and co-create and test potential systemic solutions. Andres has facilitated participatory processes with people from around the globe, designed and taught post-secondary courses on social innovation and systems change, and has been sought out to present on these topics internationally.

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Tanya Shewfelt

Tanya Shewfelt

Doctoral Student

Tanya has spent over two decades delivering communication results in the airline, oil and gas, health and safety, and non-profit sectors, devoted to finding ways to connect and engage with audiences by infusing the power of storytelling with the accessibility of digital media. It has been Tanya’s job to translate content into visual forms by combining digital elements within a narrative structure.

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