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 members 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 the current Co-President of the University Women's Club.
For more than thirty years she has been a strong advocate for early childhood development; prevention and early intervention; protecting and promoting good health; addressing poverty and the determinants of health; and fostering strong partnerships and building community capacity to provide support systems for all children and families. She has always worked together with communities and all levels of government to improve outcomes for all.