Home: Greater Vancouver, BC. Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB. Profession: Family therapy, individual and couple therapy, divorce coach. Organization: Private practice. Title: Family therapist. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: University of British Columbia (BA); Wurzweiler School of Social Work (MSW).
Recent recognition: Described as empathetic and kind. Recent professional development: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum. Latest accomplishment: Dragon Boat team, volunteer for grief support group. Hobbies: Spin classes, mahjong, book club. Recent travel or adventure: Amalfi Coast, Northwest Territories, Greece. Last book read: Dictionary of Lost Words, by Pip Williams.
Personality profile: Compassionate, understanding, non-judgmental. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Intuitive. Moral compass: I trust my intuition and my ability to understand others. How do you define a perfect friendship? Loyalty, honesty and kindness. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Honest, trustworthy, inventive. What is your greatest joy? My family. What is your greatest fear? Spiders. What natural talent have you neglected? Musical. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Oncologists. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Traveling.
What was your first paying job? Cashier at a drugstore. What was your favorite college course? Geography. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Kick the Can. What book have you repeatedly read? Coping with Anxiety, by Edmund Bourne. What movie have you repeatedly watched? A Star is Born. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Stay open to new ideas and never give up. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? MacBook Air.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Promoting an emphasis on collaboration in divorce. What change would you like to see in the world? An end to discrimination and poverty. What message do you want to send out into the world? Be grateful: a grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. What widely held belief do you reject? Holocaust denial. What mega-trend most excites you? Artificial intelligence. What mega-trend most concerns you? The rise in discrimination and hatred.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Pursuit of Happiness. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Jane Fonda. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A teacher. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, in Hawaii. What advice would you give your younger self? Never give up: a little progress each day leads to big results. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The birth of my children.
Personal mission: Stay humble, hard work in silence, let success make the noise. Personal motto: Stay strong: dream, believe, achieve. Favorite quote: “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life” (Golda Meir).