My life has always been about people – specifically finding a way to help, teach or heal in some kind of organic way. Many years ago I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree focusing on teaching and counselling.
Throughout the 60’s and early 70’s, my attention was centered on living in a way that contributed to my community. At the time this included (but was not limited to), studying the effect of certain foods and food additives on children; opening the first vegetarian restaurant in the K-W area; starting the first local food co-op; operating a natural foods baking and catering business. This was long before any of this became popular. Through out the middle/late 70’s into the 80’s, I worked in the field of sexual assault and abuse; studied Marriage and Family Therapy and continue on to this day with post-graduate studies both at the university and college levels.
In the early 1990’s, I became very ill. After seeing doctors and specialists over a number of years, in an attempt to get some answers, I set about on a path of discovery to educate myself about the human body. This journey became one of finding the healing connection between the body, mind and spirit. As a life-long learner and student of human nature, I was always on the lookout for something of interest.
I was in the first graduating class of a post-graduate program through Conestoga College, entitled ‘Complementary Care’. This program, which is part of the Health Sciences & Community Services Faculty, is open to those who have successfully completed a degree or diploma in a health related field or who are working in related fields. I graduated from this program as a Certified Complementary Care Practitioner.
This program is designed to include someone with my academic background who has the desire to learn new ways to help others in a holistic manner, as an adjunct to the current medical model. What’s more, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has recognized the importance of Complementary Care in the Health Care Sector and certified the program. As of January 2005, I teach in the program.
Within my private holistic practice I provide Reiki , Reflexology, Aromatherapy Massage, Heated Stone Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Therapeutic Touch, mentoring, energy healing and incorporate other therapies as required.
As a Certified Professional Coach and Money, Marketing and Soul Coach I provide private coaching, workshops, and VIP events to encourage small business entrepreneurs and those starting out, to be and do that which is their soul’s purpose.
I have taken many, many additional courses and workshops throughout the years to add to my ever-expanding repertoire. For me, this is the same as breathing – a passion to learn and grow.
I am a member of a number of professional associations, all having Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics by which I am governed.
I am proud to be a Founding Member of the International Association of Women in Business Coaching (IAWBC – 2010) and International Membership of Professional Advisors, Coaches and Trainers (IMPACT – 2012) as well as the following:
- Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) since 2003 – former board member
- Canadian Reiki Association (CRA) since 2007 – Registered Teacher
- Grand River Reflexology Associates (GRRA) since 2003
- Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO) since 2003 – former board and council member
- Associate Teacher of The International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT)
- Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario (TTNO) 2001 – 2010
- All Our Relations Hospice and Retreat Centre (former board member)
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