Gale comes to Booth University College with many years of experience in the social service field. Her career reflects mobility throughout Canada, having been employed in settings that included hospital, school districts, a youth probation centre, and residential care working with populations ranging from paediatric to geriatric.
Currently, Gale works for the Vancouver Island Health Authority at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, where she provides support to patients on a medical assessment unit. This involves counselling support, discharge planning and resource support, psychosocial assessments and obtaining collateral for physicians and psychiatrists, and financial assistance. Populations she supports vary from the young to the elderly facing mental health and addictions issues to people facing terminal illness and end of life care.
Gale holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and a BA in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, both of which were completed through distance education programs. She attended the University of Toronto to obtain her Master of Social Work, completing a collaborative program in Mental Health and Health and Addiction studies. Gale recognizes the challenges of being a distance education student, and the importance of student engagement online to create a mutually supportive learning environment.
In her personal time, Gale enjoys working in the garden growing herbs, vegetables, and pruning the rose bushes. On weekends, Gale and her husband take time to hike at least one of Vancouver Island’s beautiful trails or walk the coastal beach.