Sydney joined the Edmonton Pride Seniors Group in 2015, making presentations to long-term care staff and to graduate students at the University of Alberta (human ecology; speech therapy), as part of the EPSG education and awareness program aimed at improving the quality of life of seniors in congregate living. She is also excited to be involved with the Group’s LGBTQ2S+ seniors supportive housing project, contributing to accessible affordable housing design and to beautiful communities.
An original Edmontonian, Sydney’s childhood in the Rossdale community (“the Flats”) taught her the importance of a racially and culturally inclusive community. Benefitting as a child from non-profit services such as the YWCA, she has volunteered and worked in local non-profits her entire career. Most of Sydney’s career was spent in private practice specializing in group leadership training primarily for non-profit organizations.
She was Alberta Master Trainer for the “Nobody’s Perfect Program,” and developed and wrote “The Peer Helper Program” for leaders and caregivers serving the AIDS Network of Edmonton Society and Living Positive Edmonton (as these services were then called). With 32 years of experience in training for anger discipline, organizational intervention, and group leadership, she believes that effective communication can solve most problems. Retired since 2013, Sydney is a late blooming lesbian, cisgender, and divorced with three children and five grandchildren.
Sydney holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Athabasca University, a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science from City University of Seattle. Her specialty was in Counselling and Organizational Development.