Ever since I can remember I’ve been super interested in how people connect…how relationships are formed and sustained. At McGill University, I studied Communications and really started thinking about how we talk to one another, and more importantly, how we listen.
I used my communication skills on stage and pursued acting in Vancouver, having a blast. Yet, I started feeling a bit empty after a while, it felt like acting was only about ‘me’ and somehow that felt wrong. So, I started searching for a career that would really fulfill me, on a deeper level. At a dinner party, someone who knew me my entire life exclaimed, “Just become a teacher!”
The lights went on.
In no time I found myself graduating from UBC and landing a full-time job with the VSB. For over ten incredible years in the public school system I taught acting, and more importantly character development. I’d developed heart-centred materials to guide my students toward self-knowledge and societal consciousness.
I then realized that I wanted to do more in education, to create my own curricula to teach to people of all ages. Year after year I’d introduce topics of bullying, discrimination, mindfulness and positive relationship habits to my classes and witnessed their vulnerability and personal growth.
I had to share what I learned with others.
A dark cloud descended on society and cyberbullying started to take the lives of so many young kids, like Amanda Todd, and it hit me hard. In their rooms! They’re not safe anywhere! – I’d yell to myself over and over again until I realized that I owed it to the world to put a stop to bullying. Knowing kids (and adults) I’d help build safer communities through healthier communication and fun group experiences to learn from.
Maybe I’d even save a life!
Since 2012, I’ve been creating workshops for teachers, students, and businesses on bullying. Naturally, I’ve expanded my topics to include mindfulness, self-care, social emotional intelligence, and team building through improvisation.
Self knowledge and acceptance is a super power. With that information anyone can form more compassionate relationships and contribute to their communities in a vital way. It’s about connection, and we need it now more than ever.
I love getting out there and meeting educators, women in business, and young people of all ages and look forward to working with you!