Continuing Studies' facilitator honoured
Wendy Judith Cutler was recognized at a ceremony honouring women's achievements as leaders and activists on International Women's Day on March 8, 2014. She was one of the recipients awarded as a "Changemaker" and feminist activist at the “Evening of Inspiration and Celebration” sponsored by SWOVA (Salt Spring Women Opposed to Violence and Abuse) and its Salish Sea Girls' Leadership Project and hosted by Member of Parliament and Leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May.
An excerpt from a letter nominating her states: "Wendy has inspired, guided and supported countless women over the post forty-plus years (starting with a year as Girls' League President in Grade 9). Since then, she has devoted much of her life to feminism and social justice."
Wendy received a BA in Feminism at U.C. Berkeley in 1974 and an M.A. in English Composition at San Francisco State University in 1988. She was also a PhD candidate in the History of Consciousness Doctoral Program at U.C. Santa Cruz where her passion for teaching began.
Since 1980, she has taught writing and women's studies and a number of literature and social change courses. She was a Senior Instructor of Women's Studies at Portland State University and an Instructor in the English and Composition Department at Portland Community College.
Since moving to Salt Spring Island in 2006, she has continued with her teaching and activism. She currently teaches memoir and journalwriting workshops, is an Artist in the Class at Gulf Islands Secondary School and teaches writing workshops in Continuing Studies here at RRU.
Wendy has a unique and heartfelt style of teaching. Teaching is her passion and she is skillful in creating a supportive and nourishing environment in which to write and to express one's creativity, engage one's compassion and deepen one's connections with oneself and with others.
Join Wendy later this month for her Continuing Studies' course, The Memoir: Putting Life to Paper.