When I’m not in the natural habitat of my office, I am a travelling nomad always in search of something.
My name is Treena Orchard. I’m an anthropologist, author and activist. I am an intensely thoughtful and curious woman who is trying to better understand the experiences of not only the people I work with, but also myself on this wild, meaningful ride through life.
The Treena Trifecta
Basically, I study human behaviour and what it means, socially and culturally. I spend time with different individuals and groups of people, listen to their life stories and record my observations. Anthropology isn’t only about collecting data, it’s about recognizing the social value and uniqueness in each of us – how we’re different, what unites us, and how to make a difference.
In addition to my academic research publications and presentations, I also enjoy creative writing and am currently working on a memoir – and associated blogs – about my foray into digital dating. I hope you’ll laugh with/at me and find comfort in my honest exploration of the search many of us engage in throughout our lives, that search for special, meaningful people and experiences.
Influenced by the social justice work of various family members from a young age, activism has long been a central part of my life. Whether it’s marching to protest murdered and missing Indigenous peoples or writing against misogyny, I try to use my knowledge and determined spirit to foster political change and awareness about issues that impact the people I work with and care about.
I am on a therapeutic journey that I want to share with my readers. I want to heal – and be healed – through my academic, creative and community work. Deconstructing the ivory tower is an important political process that I relish taking part in. I look forward to engaging with you on this journey.
People are at the heart of everything I do
Be it field work or developing the key competencies of my Health Studies students, I am using every tool in my toolbox to address our challenges as a global community and also shine a light on life’s beautiful moments.
We are all just trying to make it with a little bit of integrity and a little bit of love. My hope is that you can see parts of yourself in some of my stories and find solace in the ways they resonate with you.
This website highlights different facets of my professional career, my creative pursuits, and my emotionally reflexive observations on life.
How we can work together
The sierra is skin and seeds It grows as you see it Pink and curved like a wet flower Bigger than life Through the garden and the apricot trees Water hose coiled like a grey snake We walk in a group of five Ingesting everything you shed With Maria Chabot The architect who became friend The crumbling pueblo two centuries old Was reborn It…Read More