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About

Greatest hardship = Greatest learning

I came from a small town called Woodstock in the 60s. I had a pretty ordinary childhood filled with a good family and lots of opportunities. I spent my youth from 3 years old to 18 working towards my Classical Piano Performance Degree. At 16, I failed my final exam by one mark. This failure lead to a breakdown because I simply couldn't practise any harder or do any better. After this sadness, shame and loss, I found the gift...my true love for music. With this new resolve and gratitude, I retried the exam and had a successful outcome. More importantly, I had a deeper understanding of discipline and love. Since I couldn't see how to make a living, I left music and moved on.

How does one choose? All these things and more...

After this musical journey, I wanted to pursue academia. I thought I would study French, then Law, then Business, then Art, English, Philosophy, Computers, then Psychology. How do I choose? A few post graduate degrees later (English, Psychology and Business), I found my way into telecom, high tech and venture capital. The high tech industry was exciting as the Internet, wireless phones, applications and software were gaining momentum. After twenty plus years in software and venture capital, I left management and went looking for my next adventure. While I had made a good living, I wanted something else. 

The Vision

One night in England, while doing business development with one of my tech partners, I had a clear vision that came with a symbol that showed me that if I was continuously creative I would be grounded and grateful. I knew what I had to do... I had to leave my career and figure out my purpose and soul's plan. I sold my possessions and went backpacking through many beautiful parts of the world. I started meditating, praying, writing, and singing melodies. Once I returned to Toronto I began to perform again, write my own music, and expand creatively in all directions.

 

Inner Leadership - Why am I playing small?

I met my husband while in tech; and his adventures and entrepreneurial courage fuelled me to try it too. After two cities (NY, Toronto), two children, two full albums, there was still more for me. I loved being a mom, writing music, and helping great causes. I was also curious about leadership and what kept me from living my full potential and purpose. I wanted to support myself and my family and our emotional, physical, energetic, spiritual and emotional wellness. I spent the next few years studying psychology, leadership coaching and a number of healing modalities.  Best of all, I was growing my community of incredible humans. 

Figuring it out

Today, I am a reformed overachiever, an aligned Enneagram Two (helper), a "Beauty" leadership type, a messy creator, an energy healer and a leadership coach.  I am embracing it all because my highest and best self craves a lot of variety and creativity in how I lead. My life's themes have  been about finding my purpose, self love and acceptance, while helping others to do the same. While my work is never done, I am living a full and happy life just as it is. If you relate to this discovery, I would love to hear about your journey.

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"It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey." ~ Wendell Berry

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Credentials

Music

  • Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) - University of Toronto

  • Piano Performance Degree

  • Mannes College (NY), Humber College (TO) songwriting programs

  • Songwriter's Guild of America member

  • SOCAN member

Coaching

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with Co-Active Training Institute (CTI). The gold standard in coach training and certification

  • Co-Active Leadership Experience (CLE) - leadership training in North Carolina and online with the CTI Leadership Program.

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) which is 500 hours of paid coaching hours with a minimum of 25 paying clients

  • Positive Intelligence Certification - Grant for coaches

 

Healing

  • Reiki Level I and II certification

  • Spiritual Response Therapy 

  • Shirzad Chemin's "Positive Intelligence" Course 

  • Radical Wholeness Course

  • Great Story Coaching / Emotional Fitness

  • Radical Compassion

  • Enneagram 

  • Akashic Records

  • Uncut flower and crystal healing

Education

  • MBA. Schulich School of Business - Strategy, Marketing

  • MA. University of Waterloo - English, Collaborative Writing/Rhetoric, Psychology

Work Experience

  • Leadership Coaching - founder - 6 years

  • Music Creation/Publishing  - founder 15 years 

  • Technology (software, venture capital, consulting) - product marketing, business development senior executive -  25 plus years

 

Volunteering

  • Roadhouse Healing Circle - weekly leadership and self healing circle

  • One Fire Movement - music and arts for peace - provide music, program support, marketing

  • Rainbows.org - facilitation for children having experienced loss

  • Snack program - ran whole food snack volunteer program in a local elementary school

  • Women's shelter - hugs, songs, gifts to women in crisis