I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and studied Nursing Science at The University of Western Ontario. After graduation I worked in a variety of nursing positions, married, became a mother and lived in a small Ontario town for seven years. All sounds simple; it wasn’t!
Turning 30, I followed my heart and returned to school in Toronto, studying spiritual care, counselling, and theology through the seven colleges in the Toronto School of Theology. Graduating with a Masters of Divinity from Trinity College, U. of T., I used this ecumenical education to offer Spiritual Support at a downtown Toronto teaching hospital, where I became Director of Chaplaincy Services.
Professional experience with the dying and their families, both as nurse as spiritual care provider, lead me to further study and research through the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Toronto School of Theology. The title of my doctoral thesis is: “Reflections on Life and Death in a Technological Society: Experiences of Doctors and Nurses with Dying Patients in Intensive Care.”
My extensive work with the dying has given me a passion for encouraging people to cherish life in all its fullness, the pain as well as the joy. I am passionate about caring for individual health as well as that of the planet. When I left hospital work, my desire was to bring the lessons learned from the land of the dying, to the land of the living. Why wait until your life is threatened to ask the deeper questions around meaning and purpose?
I am ordained clergy in the United Church of Canada (1987). Since 1997, while developing my independent work with individuals and groups, I served in two Toronto congregations, Rosedale United and Metropolitan United. I am now an Honorary Pastoral Associate at Rosedale United.
Remaining a full-time student in the workshop of life, my experiences of separation, divorce, single parenting, re-marriage, step-family, and grand-parenting, continue to give me a rich awareness of the complexity of family relationships, and an appreciation of the opportunities for growth presented in the challenges of ordinary life. My own extensive experience in therapeutic analysis and on-going learning provides an integrated framework for my work.
I have a particular interest in recognizing the oneness of mind, body and spirit.
I am interested in encouraging people to reflect on their soul-life, and their unique personal journey. These can be supported by easily learned spiritual practices. To do this I offer workshops, (in person and on-line), retreats, individual spiritual mentoring (in person or through technical link such as phone or skype), counselling, teaching and preaching.
Finally, after years of believing I had no artistic ability, I again listened to my heart and began to explore drawing and painting. I have completed requirements for that Diploma in Art through the Toronto School of Art. If I can do this, anyone can bring to life their artistic potential! I regularly practice yoga and meditation. I ride my bike for transportation and pleasure, and cross-country ski. I am an avid reader and continually challenge myself with new areas of learning which take me deeper into the heart of life.