Valerie most recently was the Manager of Family and Community Engagement-The Learning Partnership and the former Coordinator with the Toronto District-School Board.  She is a registered and certified early childhood educator, teacher, consultant/coordinator, and project manager.  She initiated, developed and implemented early childhood programs, early intervention projects, teacher education programs and coordinated readiness to learn, research initiatives (UYE and EDI).

Valerie served as a member of the Toronto Centre for the Arts; elected member of the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, chairing its Discipline and Registration Appeals Committees; and member of the Seneca College ECE Advisory Committee.  Valerie is a former Toronto Board of Health member; Chair, North Region Local Health Committee; Chair, Board of Health Section of all the Health Units of Ontario; President of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa; and, Past President of the University Women's Club of North York. Valerie continues to mentor York University students in C4 research projects (Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom). The purpose of C4 is to provide students with an opportunity to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams on real-world challenges with social impact. She is also an executive member of Retired Teachers of Ontario and Associate Editor of their magazine.