Vivian Smith, an editorial consultant, is a former journalist and journalism instructor. In 2015, her doctoral thesis became a book, Outsiders Still (University of Toronto Press), which looks at how women – in particular, women newspaper writers – deny who they are to try to fit into outmoded, patriarchal workplaces.
Vivian joined Bridges to support its work to help women recovering from trauma to gain the strength and skills to move on in their lives. Also important to her is the education of Canada’s employers, who need to make workplaces and educational institutions inclusive, just, and flexible, so that all women can achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
She grew up and worked in the Toronto area before moving to Victoria in 1994.