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.
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Feet dangle from ankles and toes dust the floor, all except the pinky ones. Is that what the little toes are called? I’m loose and more than a little adrift in the murky fog of big things completed. The first draft of my first memoir and an appearance on a national television show. Days feel…Read More