team Sabre Cherkowski

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She teaches and researches in the areas of leadership in learning communities; professional development and collaboration; mentoring and coaching; and diversity and education. She brings her experiences as a teacher, coach and parent to her passion for exploring flourishing in educational contexts.


keith walker flourishing

Professor Walker brings over thirty years of experience as a manager, teacher, minister, leader, scholar, and educational administrator in public and social sectors. His formal education has been in the disciplines of physical education, sports administration, theology, education, educational administration, and philosophy. Keith has earned national and international awards for his research work. In addition to his research work with senior educational administrators in K-12 and tertiary education, in recent years, he has worked a great deal in the areas of building the learning community and the institutionalization of change.


team Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly is a literacy intervention teacher in the North Okanagan­Shuswap School District in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. She has taught courses in early reading behaviour at Thompson Rivers University and University of British Columbia Okanagan in the Faculty of Education. She is currently a PhD student with research based in professional development for teachers.


kelly hanson

Kelly Hanson is middle school teacher in Kelowna, BC and a graduate student at UBC Okanagan, pursuing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Kelly is dedicated to teacher and student well-being and to exploring and sharing stories of flourishing. Through her experiences Kelly is creating a living theory of mindful community engagement, highlighting the importance of appreciation and open-mindedness.

Supporting Institutions and Funders

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sshrc logo2The University requires that all research conducted by its members conform to the highest ethical standards. Any research or study conducted at University facilities, or undertaken by persons connected to the University, involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board (REB) or Committee.