Meet SEWN member…
Wit Works Ltd.
April Struthers is the perfect example of what you can accomplish globally, while living on the Sunshine Coast.
She has been here since the late 70s and has done extensive community development work with non-profits. She helped establish the Sechelt Campus of Capilano University and taught there for 11 years in community education, women’s job re-entry programs, and Elder College.
Since 1985 she has been training, coaching, consulting and facilitiating in the areas of social and organizational change. April did a graduate degree in the UK in the late 80s and worked there before coming home to form Wit Works Ltd., a one person corporation with a sister company in the UK. Clients in the UK were as diverse as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sherwood Forest Ranger Service, British Telecom and the Nottinghamshire Women’s Shelters.
April’s international success is also the root of some local frustration.
“I wish people knew I was available on the Coast for a variety of training and facilitating assignments. I do find it difficult maintaining a profile locally as I work elsewhere and travel about 50% of the time.” Her hope is that SEWN will provide the vehicle for her to network locally. While most of her work is “off shore”, April has an extensive background in developing management and leadership skills for women and has a soft spot for women entrepreneurs. Appropriately, one of her academic areas of interest is in developing networks, like SEWN, as the basis for broader social change.
“I am someone who follows her curiosity, am a constant learner, have a series of qualifications in different fields, and work across all sectors with people to maximize ‘future facing’ skills like interpersonal skills, team working, high performance behaviours, working with diversity and the like. I often run learning circles, action learning sets, and catalyst projects offering support and challenge to women.”
Nationally in Canada, April has completed projects with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. In BC she is a preferred consultant for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Community Living BC, and the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC. She is a Regional Mentor for the BC Association of Community Response Networks, developing collaborative community responses with multiple partners.
Over the last decade, April has been involved in prevention research; in developing cross cultural tools, and has moved into developmental evaluation of social change projects. She is especially interested in prevention of elder abuse.
She is happy to present on any of the topics she has subject knowledge in and is often a conference presenter internationally. April welcomes your questions and comments.
Published: December 2016