Writing about myself always makes me feel a little weird because we are not just words on a page or pieces of paper. But, for the record, my pieces of paper include a B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology from Carleton University, a diploma (with Honours of which I am very proud) from Algonquin College, certification as a Career Development Practitioner from Conestoga College, and most recently certification in Teaching and Training Adult Learners from Algonquin College (I love that college!)
Along my journey I also became a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) through my coaching training from International Coach Academy.
But we are much more than our academic accomplishments.
My purpose in life is to help other people learn how they can add value to the world. I have done this throughout my entire career as an employment consultant with the Community Employment Resource Centre (CERC), an entrepreneur with Puddle Jump Coaching, an adult educator with Heritage College and a mentorship facilitator with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).
Clients describe me as highly effective in helping them achieve their goals, and appreciate my empathetic, supportive, and realistic approach to career coaching. I listen to people’s journeys and meet them where they are.
Finally, I am also an author. In 2015 Divya Parekh and I published the book “Unlock Your Future: The 7 Keys to Success”, describing how success is composed of many different factors and provides young people with the keys to unlock their own futures.
In 2022, after 30 years of writing, procrastinating and fear, I finally published the book “Sex, Self-Esteem & Sheer Stupidity Surviving Your 20s and Beyond”. Part memoir, part guidebook, and friend, the book explores the heartbreak and challenges of being single, surrounded by couples, sabotaging relationships through low self-esteem, the pain of not knowing your place in the world, and gives tips on how to deal with anxiety and how to live a more joyful life.