Born in Liberia, West Africa, Nancy has had a bitter and traumatic first-hand experience with war as she lived through the senseless Liberian civil war of the 1980s and 1990s leading her to flee as a refugee to the Gomoa Buduburam Refugee camp for Liberian Refugees in Ghana. During those years as a refugee in Ghana, Ms. Reeves completed an Advanced Diploma in Marketing at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana having studied earlier at the University of Liberia in Accounting and Management. She taught briefly at the Morning Star Elementary School in Accra, Ghana and later worked as a research assistant for the United Nations population fund with Liberian refugees in Ghana.
In 2000, Nancy was sponsored by the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) from the refugee camp in Ghana to Canada. She completed a Diploma in Personal Support Work at Robertson College, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree in Gerontology and Disabilities Studies in 2006 from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, specializing in Service Administration, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation in 2008 from the University of Manitoba.
In 2007, as part of her Master’s program, she worked as a project Social worker with street kids at the Tshelofelong Program of Hope in Botswana where she provided Social Work case management, group facilitation, psychosocial assessment, and counseling services. In another volunteering role in Botswana, Ms. Reeves provided Gerontological social work workshops to social workers and staff of the Government Department of Social Services and completed an extensive global research on streetism with funding support by The Manitoba Council for international Cooperation and the University Of Manitoba Faculty Of Social Work Endowment Fund.
In July 2010 and 2012, Nancy returned to her native Liberia to offer social work services including educational workshops/training to some Governmental and Non-governmental organizations providing social services to war-affected victims. She also provided Professional Development Training to over 350 teachers in various schools in Monrovia and its environs. During these periods, Nancy conducted a number of training workshops on Gerontological Social Work Services with Administrators, Doctors, Nurses and staff of the Seventh Day Adventist Cooper Clinic/Hospital in Monrovia.
Nancy is presently a professor in the Social Service Work Program at Sheridan College of Applied Learning and Technology in Ontario, Canada. She teaches occasionally and presents to students at Seneca College of Technology and Applied Learning.
Currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in the Faculty of Social Work at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Nancy has also taught in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Memorial University and the Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program for Working Professionals at the University of Windsor. Her areas of research are on Social Work education with children and families from war affected countries. As part of her PhD program and a fulltime professor, she has developed two courses in this area namely: Social Work with war affected families and The Bio-psychosocial assessment and cultural competent skills for working with individuals affected by war.
Nancy considers herself a global citizen with a mission to helping make this world a better place through education and consciousness-raising about the ill effects of war and social justice issues.