"As a settler of colonial ancestry I acknowledge the land on which I research teach and serve. Along with this acknowledgement, I am persistent in recognizing the complicity of my privilege. As a visitor on Turtle Island, I continue to work in the spirit of truth, reconciliation, collaboration and compassion."
After many successful years working with K-12 public schools, Lesley began the next chapter of her career in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg as an Assistant Professor. Her research is systems-focused at the intersection of inclusive education, mental health and well-being, leadership and governance.
In 2020 she became a co-investigator on a SSHRC grant specifically exploring teacher well-being during the pandemic. In February 2021, she accepted the role of Associate Dean in the Faculty. In 2022, Lesley was awarded a University of Winnipeg Major Research Grant to engage in a study about student suspensions in Manitoba schools. This research has recently expanded to include additional voices of school leaders in the province. Currently, Lesley is continuing as a co-investigator on a grant from the Canadian Mental Health Association Manitoba (CMHA) to measure post-pandemic education sector recovery after a suite of CMHA programming interventions.
Lesley is a kind and collaborative leader with a keen interest in organizational learning and systemic change, as it pertains to diverse and inclusive educational communities.