Hello! Aanii boozhoo,
I am a woman of mixed ancestry. On my mother’s side, I am Ojibwe and my family comes from the Garden River and Michipicoten First Nations in Northern Ontario. On my paternal side, I am Irish-Canadian from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I now call W̱SÁNEĆ / Victoria, British Columbia my home.
I am a facilitator, a consultant, a kindness ambassador, a storyteller and a motivational speaker. I specialize in the areas of lateral kindness, lateral violence, cultural safety and humility, reconciliation, team building, and authentic leadership.
My mission is to inspire and challenge people, organizations and communities to realize their goals, values, strengths and potential.
My vision is to facilitate positive change and to inspire more kindness in the world.
My greatest achievement in life has been raising my daughter, Shining Moon Girl, to be kind, confident, resilient, and to ‘be the change’. She is my greatest teacher.
I look forward to connecting with you soon to explore how we can work together to imagine, inspire and realize your goals!
About This Photo
I chose this image because mountains represent strength and resilience, two characteristics I think best represent me.
They also remind me of the Anishinaabe teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. These values guide everything I do in my life, my relationships and my work:
- Love (zaagi’idiwin),
- Truth (debwewin),
- Humility (dabaadendiziwin),
- Honesty (gwayakwaadiziwin),
- Respect (minaadendamowin),
- Bravery (aakode’ewin), and
- Wisdom (nibwaakaawin).
Finally, the water represents self-reflection, a critical and foundational skill for practicing Lateral Kindness and Cultural Humility.