Barb has been the Program Head and instructor for the Addictions Counselling Diploma Program and the Mental Health and Addictions Worker Certificate Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert Campus since 1986. This is where she co-developed and authored the first competency based addiction training program in the world. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s degree in Metaphysical Science received in Van Nuys, CA, and has studied addictions through the University of New Mexico and the Betty Ford Centre.
Barb is an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICADC) and Evaluator. She is certified in numerous areas in the addiction field as a facilitator and life skills coach. She has had hundreds of hours in training in addictions across North America. Barb joined CACCF in 1989 and has been an active member since. She has served 2 terms as Vice President, two terms as National President, two years as Past President, and one year as Corporate Secretary of CACCF. She continues to be actively involved with the federation creating legislation for addictions workers both federally and provincially and sitting on the national Curricula Review Committee. Barb has provided consultation for the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse and has been a Subject Matter Expert. She is a vetted Test Item writer for CACCF and the International Certification and Reciprocity Certification body (IC&RC).
Barb has been the recipient of the Angus Campbell Award for Excellence in Addictions for her contribution to the provincial addictions professional associations. She has also received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal and SIAST Employee Excellence Award for the high standard of curriculum development and industry liaison. The CACCF Roly Gatin Award for contributions to CACCF as a board member to add to her many accomplishments.
She lives on a farm with her husband near Prince Albert and has a private practice called Golden Wheel Recovery Centre. She continues to spend time on her home reserve of James Smith and is involved as a faculty member for the Mental Health and Addictions Certificate, the first program in the world to integrate mental health, addictions and First Nations philosophy into one area of study.