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Masters Degree: Nominated Lieutenants Silver Medal Thesis Award 2001, , Senior Trainee: Michael Smith Health Research Foundation 2005-2007, , Fellowship: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2005-2007, , Thesis grant: Human Early Learning Partnership 2007-2008, , Senior Trainee: Public Health Agricultural Rural Ecosystems (CIHR) 2007-2008, , Completion Grant: School of Community and Regional Planning 2009
Advanced Theory Planning with Dr. John Friedmann and Dr. Leonie Sandercock; Colloquim Planning with Dr. John Friedmann; Advanced Theory in Grounded Theory Methodology Nursing U.Vic with Dr. Marjorie MacDonald; Aboriginal Issues in Nursing UBC with Dr. Annette Browne; Advanced Seminar in Agricultural Health and Rural Ecosystems University of Saskatoon
Silvia came to UBC from the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, where she worked with a research partnership program that contracted with First Nations communities in BC to deliver a Child and Youth Care Diploma, also accredited for Early Childhood Educator certification. As an Associate, she supported curriculum delivery and development that met both university accreditation standards and First Nations community standards. Prior to that, she worked briefly with the Children's Commission for the Fatalities Investigation Team. Her early career started in advocacy work with a number of organizations in Victoria BC such as the Together Against Poverty Society and the Victoria International Development Education Association. Her Masters thesis was based on an action project sponsored by the VP Academic and Provost at U.Vic that focussed on supporting equity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spiritied, transgendered and self-identified queer individuals, and how both heterosexual and non-heterosexual people experienced homophobia in the work and study environment.