Bio and CV
Jessica completed her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in French and Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Originally from Jasper, AB, she has worked in varying capacities for Parks Canada since 2009, most recently as a Team Lead for the Urban Outreach Team in Vancouver, an award-winning program which aims to connect diverse urban audiences with Canada's national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites.
Since beginning her Master's program at SCARP, she has been employed as a Housing Research Assistant and as an intern in the Community Initiatives Unit at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, BC Region. Jessica has also completed several applied Planning projects since joining SCARP, notably, a research paper for the City of Vancouver's Housing Policy & Projects Planner, "Guidelines for culturally-relevant urban Aboriginal housing: Promoting wellness through key components of project form, design, and development", participation in York University's Canada-Philippines Alternative Transnational Economies Project through field research in the Philippines, and a UBC Sustainability Scholars project in partnership with Metro Vancouver focused on incentive programs to encourage residential energy assessments.
Her primary areas of interest are Social Planning, Community Development, Indigenous Community Planning, Affordable Housing, Public Engagement and Participation, and Gender Planning.
Hayes, J. Rev. of Echoes Across Seymour: A History of North Vancouver’s Eastern Communities Including Dollarton and Deep Cove, by Janet Pavlik, Desmond Smith, & Eileen Smith. BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly. 184 (Winter 2014/15): 166-7.
Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2016
Glenda Laws Prize in Critical Spatial Analysis, 2015
David E Highnam Memorial Prize, 2015
Joan Livesey Prize in French-Canadian Literature, 2015
John Alexander McDonald Scholarship in Humanities, 2014