Kerri Lowey Mackenzie teaches full-time in the Social Services and Education Assistance/Community Support programs at NIC.
She has been involved in social work for over 20 years and holds a bachelor of social work from the University of Regina and a master's of philosophy in law from the University of Sheffield, England.
Kerri started her practice in Saskatchewan, where she was involved with elder care, youth justice, women’s issues and working with people with diverse abilities. She also worked for Mediation UK in England and completed research to assist with reforms to the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland. In 2000, she was the youngest representative to present at the United Nations Congress on Crime and Prevention on Restorative Justice in Austria.
Kerri has experience teaching ESL students, providing foster care in the community and working with Youth in Custody in Canada. She began her career in Family Preservation in Saskatchewan, working with families from a strength-based, preventative perspective. In 2004, she completed training in Restorative Justice in an Indigenous Wilderness Camp in Carcross, Yukon. She carries these values and experiences into her teaching, along with a passion for active citizenship, effective communication and seeing the unique value and dignity in every individual.
In 2013, she was awarded a National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Excellence Award at North Island College. She is a certified Health and Life Coach and recently obtained certification in Mental Health Counselling Skills. She also runs her own coaching and counselling business.
In 2018, she planted a fruit orchard in Comox with her husband John, her two children Brooke and Liam and her mother and father, Robert and Gail Lowey. She is building a new home with a vision of living on a multi-generational property and contributing to local farming in the Comox Valley.