Selkirk College, Attn: Donna Hicks
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
Ever Expanding Repertoire
Donna obtained her teaching degree at the University of Calgary in 1990 and began teaching in the high school in Okotoks, Alberta where she had first-hand experience teaching in an environment that was supportive of a wide variety of student interests and skills. The focus was on providing education for students with many different needs - the arts, academics and the trades all had a place at this school.
Two years later, she began her career as a substitute teacher while building a family of five wildly different children,an inspiring husband and an assortment of friends and farm animals. Donna has been substitute teaching in Saskatchewan and BC for the past 24 years and now that the youngest of her children is 11, she is ready to expand her repertoire to include adult education at Selkirk College.
Amazing Learning in Rural Communities
Donna enjoys the atmosphere of a learning environment where everyone is focused on their own personal goals, is excited to be there and is motivated to meet the challenge of completing a required course or following the path of their passionate interest. Recently, two of her own children benefited from the experience of completing high school graduation diploma courses at the Selkirk College outlets in Kaslo and Nakusp. Donna has also taken a couple of courses through Selkirk College and has a real appreciation for the amazing learning opportunities that the College provides to local rural communities. She is excited to be involved in supporting the instructors as they provide a wide variety of educational experiences to their students, sometimes simultaneously!
Creating a Kootenay Life
Donna and her family came from the prairies to the Kootenays 12 years ago. She lives on a 10-acre hobby farm in Hills, BC with my husband and two youngest children. They currently have five sheep, two llamas and two angora goats that Donna shears for their fleeces and produce lambs for the freezer. The two guardian dogs protect them, the family, 11 chickens, and a cat from wild things in the surrounding woods. When Donna is not tending things at home or substitute teaching she can be found drawing, watercolour painting, jewelry making and figuring out what to do with all the fibre she's been collecting for the past seven years. She also loves growing food for her family and friends while learning how to do it in an organic, sustainable way that aspires to the Biodynamic methods of Rudolf Steiner.