Everyone--yes, everyone--has a story worth telling.
Stories that inspire and educate. Cautionary tales. Heroics and hilarity. Tragedy and triumph.
Stories are how we connect. We're all part of each others' life stories. It's time to unlock our fears and share who we are and who we aspire to be.
"Either I have nine lives or I am a veritable Bozo clown; no matter how many times I cheat death or get knocked down, I bounce right back up."
I am a Canadian author, qualified mediator, and brain injury awareness advocate. After 30 years in corporate communications management, I sustained a life-changing brain injury and subsequently was restructured out of my job.
The first thing I did was join the circus as an aerial trapeze student; I then returned to university to become a qualified mediator. I earned my Q.Med. designation in 2015 and serve as a public protection adjudicator with a regulatory body. My mediation focus is in restorative justice and creating safe spaces for dispute resolution.
In 2020, I co-authored the bestselling NOT CANCELLED: Canadian Kindness in the Face of COVID-19 . Since then, I have been working on three books--an anthology titled Life After Loss: Finding Grace and Courage in Grief, a memoir tentatively titled I Am (Not) My Mother, and a book on gardening and mental health. I am published in both horror and creative non-fiction genres. My work has been published in several editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul, as well as in horror anthologies from Black Hare Press, HellBound Books, and Books of Horror.
"Demons. We all have them. I even write about them."
As a qualified mediator (Q.Med.), I work in dispute resolution, and I'm ready to help people exorcise the demons that keep them from resolving community, workplace, and personal disputes. My mediation focus is restorative justice, and in particular, helping young offenders avoid the criminal justice system. I am known for creating safe spaces for dispute resolution.
I am an accredited member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) and am currently earning my certificate in Adjudication. I have recently been reappointed to another three-year term with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario's professional conduct tribunal.
As a brain injury survivor and awareness advocate, I champion accessibility measures and initiatives that help our community services be available to all. I currently serve as Vice-chair of the City of Barrie's Accessibility Advisory Committee, and I write extensively about my experiences with invisible and mental illness.
- MH, British Columbia, review of Nature's Fat-blasting Miracle
MA, Ontario, review of NOT CANCELLED: CANADIAN KINDNESS IN THE FACE OF COVID-19
SB, Ontario, review of Nature's Fat-blasting Miracle